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Afande Omala secures bail for Kirumira

Kirumira marches out of the police court last week.

Police court has freed on bail former Buyende District Police Commander, ASP Muhammad Kirumira, who is facing trial for extortion, unlawful exercise of authority and corruption.

Sitting at police headquarters in Naguru, court chaired by Denis Odongpiny on Thursday granted Mr Kirumira bail after he presented former Kampala Metropolitan Police operations commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Sam Omala as his surety. Kirumira also apologised for his conduct last week when he marched out of police court protesting harsh bail conditions.

Sam Omala commands police officers during an operation.

Mr Kirumira marched out of court after he applied for bail but Odongpiny insisted it would only be granted if he presented two senior police officers above his rank.

Prior to the hearing police was involved in a cat and mouse chase with journalists as police prevented Kirumira’s relatives and journalists from attending the hearing session.

Suleiman Mutebi and Ponsiano Nsimbi both Bukedde TV, journalists were allegedly assaulted by police officers as they tried to take pictures.

Kirumira’s release comes days after his wife Mariam Kirumira gave birth to a bouncy baby boy at Rubaga Hospital.

Ms Kirumira on Tuesday evening revealed to journalists that her new baby looked exactly like the father. “I had a healthy delivery and I’m very happy for this new baby boy. I was expecting a baby girl and he looks like his father,” she said.

She made a call to the police authorities to release her husband so that he could take care of her and his family.

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