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Police reject Kirumira resignation, say DPC must face the law

The Uganda Police Force have rejected the resignation of Buyende District Police Commander Mohammed Kirumira.

Earlier today the popular police officer issued a statement announcing his resignation from the Force, citing witch-hunt.

“….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,” Mr Kirumira wrote, adding: “….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.”

However, a press statement issued a few hours later, signed by police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, states that Mr Kirumira’s actions are embarrassing to the Force and has branded them acts of indiscpline which shall not be accepted by the Force.

Citing Part IV of the Police Act which guides on appointments, promotions, service or terminations, Mr Kayima stated that Kirumira “cannot and will not resign.

Mr Kayima also states that Mr Kirumira should allow the due course of the law to take place  in the matter concerning charges against the former Old Kampala DPC.

Kirumira is 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.

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