The controversial former Buyende District Police Commander Muhammad Kirumira, has been granted ‘bail’ today after the police tribunal chaired by Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) Denis Odongpiny accepted his surety Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sam Omara.
The development comes in the wake of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Muhammad Kirumira’s father Abubakar Kawooya dragging SCP Odongpiny to High Court-Civil division, contending that his son is protected by the Whistleblowers Act, and is therefore being subjected to illegal proceedings.
ASP Kirumira is facing charges of extortion, corruption, bribery, unlawful arrest and excessive use of authority, leveled against him while he worked in Nansana, Wakiso District.
Last week, while appearing before the Police Tribunal, ASP Kirumira was denied bail on grounds that he had to present three sureties above his rank.
And by press time today it was not possible to establish whether the Police Tribunal has the powers to grant bail since its decisions are reportedly not binding on the force.
Meanwhile, earlier today police officers engaged in running battles with several journalists as ASP Kirumira was arriving for trial at the Naguru-based police headquarters, from Nalufenya Police Station, where he was detained before his release.
The drama at Naguru intensified as Kawempe councillor Muhammed Ssegirinnya and a one Michael Wamala claimed they had come to stand surety for ASP Kirumira. However, the two were also sent scampering after being denied access to the hearing.