Kirumira refuses demotion; Hints at joining politics

Kenneth Kazibwe

Kenneth Kazibwe

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The former Old Kampala and Buyende DPC ASP Muhammad Kirumira has said he will appeal against the punishment given to him by the police disciplinary court.

The court on Thursday afternoon recommended for demotion of Kirumira from the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police to Assistant Inspector of Police after being found guilty of unnecessary exercise of authority contrary to section 44 of the police code of conduct.

He had been accused of arresting a Flying Squad operatives before parading him before Bukedde television and Kamunye journalists in 2014 while still the Officer in Charge of Nansana police station.

It will now take the police council to sit and decide whether to uphold the recommendation by the disciplinary court or not.

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Speaking to journalists after court, the maverick police officer said he would appeal the sentence through the appellant court of the force.

“If the appellant court upholds the decision, I will go to the High Court or even the East African court of justice .I will not rest until the demotion is quashed,”Kirumira told journalists.

He explained that his still stands to his earlier decision of quitting the police force but noted he wants to retire with dignity and at his current rank that he said he had work hard for.

Kirumira said that despite his efforts to leave police, the force is on the other side working tooth and nail to retain him, a thing he said he is not ready to do.

“I will appeal so that I retire with my dignity. I am not against the force but rogue individuals.”

Joining politics
Kirumira also hinted at joining politics in a bid to help redeem the police force that he said is in the drain.
He explained that he would be joining parliament soon after leaving the police force.

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“I want the police welfare to improve and justice prevails in the force but I will do this when I enter parliament,” the maverick police officer said.

“I want to go to parliament to fight for rights of others including police officers.”

Last year, the police disciplinary court recommended for the demotion of three senior police officers including SSP Andrew Kaggwa, SP Moses Nanoka and ASP Patrick Muhumuza for assaulting opposition strongman Dr.Kizza Besigye supporters.

However, the officers appealed against the sentence and have since been redeployed.

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