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Ochola Grills Omala over DPC Kirumira Conduct

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Martins Okoth-Ochola, on Wednesday grilled Mr Sam Omala regarding the conduct of former Buyende District Police Commander Muhammad Kirumira before the Force’s disciplinary court.

Mr Omala stood surety for Mr Kirumira when he was granted bail by the court and police sources told this website that the IGP asked Mr Omala whether the embattled police officer still has interest in remaining in the Force given his behaviour before the police court.

Mr Kirumira on Tuesday refused to attend the police court hearing after officers guarding the entrance of the court denied journalists access to the court room.

He claimed he was no longer interested in the force and accused its court of wasting his time.

Sources said although Mr Kirumira has exhibited inappropriate behavior, Mr Ochola still sees him as a highly committed police officer, a reason he met Omala to determine his friend’s behavior.

The meeting comes as the police court is today expected to deliver its ruling on the eight charges of corruption and scandalous conduct slapped against Mr Kirumira.

Police court chairman Denis Odongpiny said the ruling will be given in the morning.

Kirumira on Tuesday accused former IGP Gen Kale Kayihura of running the Force on fear, which created divisions and intrigue.

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A very popular officer, Kirumira hit the limelight when he conducted successful operations that saw criminal cells dismantled in Old Kampala, Kasubi, Nansana and neighboring slums.

Relying on intelligence from communities, Kirumira would personally participate in these operations.

In these areas, Kirumira was nicknamed ‘commando’ for successfully ending a reign of terror perpetrated by thugs and returning peace to the crime-infested slums.

However, this is did not please some sections of police as some feared his popularity.

Kirumira says as one way of destroying his career, information was sent to President Museveni that he was a big thief.

He says on June 1, 2017, Frank Mwesigwa who commanded Kampala Metropolitan Police told Museveni that he was a thief “in order to spoil my name and kill my future.”

 

 

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