Muhammad-Kirumira-arrives-for-trial. The Police Tribunal has exonerated him from the 'Rolex' charge

Controversial former Buyende District Police Commander Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Muhammad Kirumira has said he prayed for six hours every day for the sacking of the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) General Kale Kayihura.

Gen. Kayihura was fired on Sunday evening, and replaced by his former deputy, Martin Okoth Ochola in a reshuffle announced by President Yoweri Museveni that also saw security minister Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde replaced by General Elly Tumwine.

And yesterday, the police officer who has often accused Kayihura of witch-hunting him, said he was elated, and as if to boost his eccentricity, the Police Tribunal has today dropped theft charges levelled against Kirumira for lack of substantial evidence.

Appearing before tribunal this morning, Police Prosecutor Catherine Kusemererwa was granted leave to drop the charges of stealing a ‘Rolex’ (wheat bread egg roll) leveled against Kirumira after the complainant, crime preventer and hawker Ibrahim Bukenya, failed to appear before court.

Last week, Bukenya shed tears during a tribunal session and accused Kirumira of stealing the Rolex at the time when he served as Officer in Charge (OC) of Nansana.

On February 1 Kirumira was arrested from his home in Ggogonya, Bulenga, Wakiso District following his announcement on television that he was to ‘resign’ from the police force. He was subsequently charged with various crimes including among others torture, extortion, corruption, bribery, unlawful arrests and excessive use of authority.

But court dropped the torture, neglect of duty and corruption charges, maintaining the others.