ASP Kirumira in the 'caged' police van at police headquarters in Naguru just before he was charged

The police has withdrawn torture charges that were previously levelled against former Buyende District Police Commander (DPC) Assistant Superintendent of Police Muhammad Kirumira.

Police Prosecutor Catherine Kusemererwa informed court presided over by Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) Denis Odongpiny, that she did not have sufficient evidence to pin ASP Kirumira on two counts of irregular conduct: neglect of duty contrary to Section 44(1) Code 19 and corruption practices contrary to Section 44(1) Code 23(a).

According to Ms. Kusemererwa, the witness, Mr Milton Tumusiime, a journalist formerly attached to one of the local tabloids, was no longer ready to testify against the former DPC.

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The Court Chairman SCP Denis Odongpiny, granted the Prosecutor leave to withdraw the charges, saying court could not continue with the cases without witnesses.

Last week 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.

Following the announcement, operatives of the Flying Squad Unit (FSU) forced their way into Kirumira’s after a standoff, before whisking him off to detention, reportedly at notorious Nalufenya police detention facility in Jinja District.

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