By our reporter
Buyende District Police Commander (DPC) Muhammad Kirumira has resigned from the Uganda Police Force days after being charged with six counts.
Last Tuesday Police Tribunal charged Kirumira with six counts alleging that he committed the offences when he was in-charge of Nansana Police Station in Wakiso District and Old Kampala as division police commander in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
He was arraigned before police tribunal at Police Headquarters in Naguru and charged with torture, extortion, corruption, bribery, unlawful arrests and excessive use of authority.
The counts were read to him by the police prosecutor, Senior Superintendent of Police Katherine Kusemererwa.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Kirumira has revealed that he has decided to resign from the force to enable police court fulfill their ‘motives’.
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 fulfil their motives.”
Talking about the alleged charges, Kirumira termed them as old and framed-up [sic].
“The police have persistently kept on looking at me as criminal and the purpose of this trial in an internal tribunal is to find ways of undermining my reputation,” he said.
“Therefore as a senior officer who has laboured to wipe out crime without any special facilitation, I now await an official message replacing me such that I can hand over office to whoever is deemed fit.”
Read Kirumira’s full statement;
FOR URGENT RELEASE.
AS YOU MAY BE AWARE THE POLICE ADMINSTRATION DECIDED TO PRESS VARIOUS CHARGES ON ME WHICH LOOK TO BE CRIMINAL BUT PREFERRED THEM UNDER DISCIPLINARY COURT AND WHERE AS THESE ARE OLD FRAMED UP CHARGES THE POLICE HAS PERSISTENTLY KEPT ON LOOKING AT ME AS CRIMINAL AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS TRIAL IN AN INTERNAL TRIBUNAL IS TO FIND WAYS OF UNDERMINING MY REPUTATION.
THEREFORE AS A SENIOR OFFICER WHO HAS LABOURED TO TO WIPE OUT CRIME WITHOUT ANY SPECIAL FACILITATION I HAVE REALISED THAT MY IMAGE BEFORE THE ADMINSTRATION SHALL NEVER CHANGE AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT IAM STILL A YOUNG MAN, I HAVE RESIGNED FROM THE FORCE TO ENEBLE THE POLICE COURT FULFILL THEIR MOTIVES.
I NOW AWAIT AN OFFICIAL MESSAGE REPLACING ME SUCH THAT I CAN HAND OVER OFFICE TO WHOEVER IS DEEMED FIT.
EVENTUALLY WHEN THE COURT MAKES ITS VERDICT I WILL PUT IN MY OFFICIAL RETIREMENT APPLICATION TO EARN MY DISCHARGE LETTER.
I WANT TO LEAVE THE POLICE SINCE ITS CLEAN AND IM BRANDED DIRTY.
I WILL NOT ACCEPT TO HOLD OFFICE MEANWHILE AM BEING TRIED.
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