Prosecution drops two more charges against ASP Kirumira

Police prosecution have dropped two more charges against former Buyende District Police Commander, Muhammad Kirumira over missing witnesses.

Police prosecutors, Katherine Kusemererwa and Steven Ojara told Police Court in Naguru, Kampala that they had decided to drop charges of unlawful arrests and excessive use of force because they cannot trace the witnesses who were supposed to pin Mr Kirumira.

On March 1, a crime preventer told court that Mr Kirumira forcefully ate his rolex when he was still OC Nansana in 2013.

Prosecution said they did not have more witnesses because one, Kato, reportedly died a month ago and another, Paul Ochaya disappeared.

Mr Joseph Bukenya, a crime preventer attached to Nansana Police Division claimed that the Assistant Superintendent of Police refused to pay him despite several attempts of him demanding for the money for the rolex he had eaten.

Mr Kirumira was appearing at the Police Court seven days after he was granted bail. As part of his bail conditions, Mr Kirumira reports to Police’s professional standards unit every day at 9am.

He is not allowed to speak to the media and he has been prohibited from making utterances that tarnish Police image.

Ms Kusemererwa had at the start of the trial said she had lined up over 30 witnesses ready to pin Mr Kirumira in the seven charges which included extortion, corruption, torture, unlawful arrests, discreditable conduct, neglect of duty, scandalous conduct, and excessive use of authority.

Two counts of discreditable conduct were dismissed after witnesses who included Mr Milton Tumusiime, a former Red Pepper journalist failed to show up in police court.

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Police court dissolved, new one to try Kirumira in protest case

The police court members have disqualified themselves from a matter in which former Buyende DPC Muhammad Kirumira is accused of protesting before court.

On February 18,Kirumira protested against what he termed as unfair bail conditions after the police court asked him to present a senior police officer above his rank to stand surety for him.

He was later accused of scandalous conduct for assaulting the court orderly and threatening the court chairman Denis Odongpiny.

Kirumira would later complain that Odongpiny could no longer remain as the chairperson to the court because he would at one time be a witness in the same matter.

On Tuesday,Steven Ojara,the prosecutor in the matter told court that the police legal team had advised that all court members dismiss themselves from the case.

Subsequently,the court chairman Odongpiny stayed the proceedings until a new panel of members is appointed to hear the case.

“We are now dismissing ourselves from the case because we might be witnesses in the matter. New members of the court will be appointed to handle the case,”Ondongpiny said.

He said the case is now halted until a new panel of court members is appointed.

Kirumira recently accused the police force of witch-hunting him through multiple offences before he resigned from the force.

He would later be arrested and detained at Nalufenya detention centre in Jinja district.

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