Police have transferred former Buyende District Police Commander ASP Muhammad Kirumira to Nalufenya Police Detention Centre which over the months has come to symbolize torture of apprehended suspects.
Kirumira was moved last night from the Railway Police Post where he was remanded yesterday afternoon by the Police Tribunal sitting at the Police Headquarters in Naguru.
The transfer was confirmed by Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima when contacted by our reporter.
When asked why the dissident DPC had to be moved from the facility he was initially remanded to by the police court, Kayima told us, “The police can move a suspect wherever they want to”
The news of the transfer of ASP Kirumira was first broken by his wife Mariam Kirumira, who had gone to the Police Post along Jinja Road to check on him.
She says she was told at the post that her husband had been taken to Nalufenya.
As she headed to the Police post, Mrs Kirumira says she was attacked by a group of thugs who tried to beat her and threatened to terminate her pregnancy.
She quoted them as shouting, “Kuluno tubalina” and “n’ako akabuto tuyinza okakuba nekavaamu tuwone bu Kirumira obulala okutulumya omutwe.”
This is Luganda for, “This time round we got you…and that pregnancy of yours, we can beat you up until you have a miscarriage so we can survive more other little Kirumiras giving us headache.”
Mrs Kirumira says the bodaboda rider who was transporting her “risked his life” to save hers.
Kirumira was arrested from his residence in Bulenga on Thursday amid protest from his neighbours and family members.
Police officers, who cut open his door and dragged him out of his house, used live bullets to disperse the protesting residents.
He was briefly detained at Katwe Police Station before he was taken to the police court to answer to his charges which include torture and extortion.
Kirumira denied the charges and refused to cross examine the prosecution witness who he said he didn’t know.
The court remanded him to Railway Police Post until February 5th.