Popular senior police officer, Muhammad Kirumira has announced his resignation from the force.
Through a statement issued Wednesday morning, the former Old Kampala police DPC attributes his resignation to witch hunt.
“As you may be aware, the police administration decided to press various criminal charges on me which look to be criminal but preferred them under the disciplinary court. And whereas these are old framed up charges, the police has persistently kept on looking at me as a criminal and the purpose of this trial in the Internal Tribunal is to find ways of undermining my reputation,” he cries out.
“Therefore, as a senior police officer who has laboured to wipe out crime without any special facilitation, I have realised that my image before the administration shall never change and given the fact that I am still a young man, I have resigned from the force to enable the police court fulfill their motives. I want to leave police since it’s clean and I’m branded dirty. I will not accept to hold office while I’m being tried. I would love to keep my reputation as a freedom fighter. This is my decision which I shall not change permanently. For those who hurt, I’m sorry indeed.”
He adds that all he is is waiting for is an official message replacing him so that he can hand over his office to the a person the force deems fit.
“Eventually when the Court makes its verdict I will put in my official retirement application to earn my discharge letter.”
This is not the first time Kirumira is decrying witch hunt by his bosses in the force.
In 2014, Kirumira then OC of Nansana Police Post, claimed that armed thugs were being given protection by police bosses.
The allegations led to his suspension in what he called a witch hunt by certain superiors.
His suspension led to public protests from areas that he had previoysly served like Nakulabye, Kisasi and Nansana.
He faced a disciplinary hearing where he was cleared of any wrong doing.
From there, he was taken for a refresher course at the Uganda junior command and Staff College in Gaddafi barracks, Jinja before being deployed at Kabalye police training school in Masindi as an instructor.
In 2015, elevated to the rank of Inspector of Police (IP) from Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) and posted to Kasese district to head Bwera police station.
In 2016, he was returned to Kampala as DPC Old Kampala and in his first month of posting, he had netted close to 50 criminals that had been terrorising the public in the areas of Kisenyi, Kasubi, Nakulabye and surrounding areas.
Shockingly, he was later transfered to Buyende police station just after a short stint at Old Kampala.
He is now charged with torture, extortion, corruption, bribery, unlawful arrests and excessive use of authority when he was in-charge of Nansana Police Station in Wakiso District and Old Kampala as division police commander in 2013 and 2014. Hearing of the charges starts tomorrow.