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PARLIAMENT: Human Rights Committee Wants Minister to Explain Kirumira Arrest

The Parliament’s Human Rights Committee Chairperson, Hon. Jovah Kamateeka has asked the Minister of Internal Affairs to explain why police violently arrested ASP Mohamed Kirumira last week.

Kamateeka stated on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday that the arrest of Kirumira, then serving as the Buyende District Police Commander was uncalled for.

“Madam Speaker and honorable members, the world watched in disbelief last week how police descended on the home of Kirumira and violently arrested him,” Kamateeka said.

According to Kamateeka, ASP Kurumira only made verbal statements and there was no need to employ disproportionate force to apprehend him.

“Kirumira’s artillery was only his tongue. The excessive force used was unnecessary and even other people including family members and neighbors were traumatized,” she added.

The legislator, who also represents the women of Mitoma in Parliament, questioned why the police didn’t wait for Kirumira to appear before their court and arrest him from there.

“I find it hard to understand why police rushed to the home of someone already scheduled to appear before them. They (police) should have waited and arrested him from there (Naguru).”

ASP Kirumira announced his resignation from police last week and accused the force for witch-hunting him.

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Police however disregarded his verbal pronouncement and stated that Kirumira should follow the laid down procedures.

“ASP Kirumira cannot and should not resign from the Police through a WhatsApp message or through granting interviews to the media,” police Spokesman Emilian Kayima said.

Kayima added that the scandalous conduct of Kirumira cannot be tolerated in the Police Force.

Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. JJ Odongo is expected to address the house on the matter next week on Tuesday.

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