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Police Hail Kirumira’s “Excellent” Service; Vow To Find Killers

Police have expressed unbound resolve to hunt down and apprehend the assailants who last night gunned down former Buyende DPC Muhammad Kirumira near his home in Bulenga.

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima, said despite Kirumira’s dissenting views and the hardships he met during his service, he excelled in his work.

Kirumira was shot dead together with a female friend, Reste Nalinya, who he had stopped to chat with on his return from a party.

Both were pronounced dead on arrival at Rubaga Hospital and their bodies were taken to Mulago Mortuary.

Speaking to press at the Police headquarters in Kampala on Sunday afternoon, Kayima said the killers used the same method as has been used in the last major assassinations.

“They used a bodaboda and they fled the scene immediately after that crime,” he said.

“Security agencies are putting their heads together in the hunt for these criminals and our resolve to get to the bottom of this is total,” he said.

Speaking on the 13 year police service of the late Kirumira, Kayima said the deceased excelled in what he did, despite the challenges he faced.

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“In our view, he excelled in many areas, but of course as we serve there are challenges,” he said. “He worked hard and his never minced his words.”

Kirumira, according to the police mouthpiece, joined the force on January 29th 2005, and was deployed in Kibaale district as a detective, and later served in various areas in various capacities.

Along the way however, he developed misunderstandings with the police leadership which he exposed through social and mainstream media.

These squabbles culminated in his arrest and trial before a police tribunal, which exonerated him on most of the charges and found him guilty on others.

The court ruled to demote him, but he appealed this decision.

Kayima told reporters that because of the appeal, Kirumira was never demoted.

“He died at the Rank of ASP. According to our rules, when you appeal a demotion, you retain your rank until the appeal is decided,” he said

Meanwhile, the police spokesperson said the families of Kayima and Mrs Nalinya sat and discussed with the police leadership about the burial arrangements.

Kirumira, he said, will be laid to rest today in Mpambire in Mpigi district, whereas Nalinya will be buried tomorrow in Mpenja, in Gomba.

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