Buyende District Police Commander (DPC) Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Muhammed Kirumira has been arrested following a five-hour standoff with his colleagues, who shot live bullets to scare off anxious and riotous people at the scene.
The controversial cop, adorned in uniform, was picked up after Police Flying Squad officers with metal-cutters forcefully broke into his house in Bulenga along the Kampala-Mityana Highway.
Yesterday, at a ‘press conference’ Kirumira announced his ‘resignation’ from the police citing harassment but his superiors have since said he breached procedure.
Last week ASP Kirumira, who is facing various charges that were slammed against him while he worked in Nansana, Wakiso District was arraigned before the Police Tribunal at Police Headquarters in Naguru and charged with among other crimes torture, extortion, corruption, bribery, unlawful arrests and excessive use of authority.
He is alleged to have committed the offences when he was in-charge of Nansana Police Station in Wakiso District in 2013 and at Old Kampala where he was Division Police Commander in 2014.
ASP Kirumira came to the limelight after reports emerged that he was carrying out various operations in Nansana to crack down on hard core criminals that were terrorizing Kampala.
However, sections of the populace instead implicated him in various crimes, leading the police administration to suspend him pending investigations.
His suspension was however, short-lived as the President Yoweri Museveni reportedly accorded him an ear, something that prompted his return to the force and subsequent deployment to training.
On completion of the course, ASP Kirumira was deployed to Kasese and then transferred to the Old Kampala Police Station as Officer in Charge, before being posted to Buyende as District Police Commander.
It should be recalled that while serving as DPC Old Kampala, ASP Kirumira displayed over 1000 phones he said had been stolen by criminals in his operational areas.
Interestingly, after his transfer to Buyende, nothing much was heard of the phones.