Will the slain Muhammad Kirumira ever find justice?


Kirumira being arrested by Police few months before he was killed. Courtesy photo.

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Kirumira joined the Uganda Police Force early in 2005 and quickly rose through the ranks. He is majorly remembered to have been involved in running battles with criminals, often busting their hideouts.

By Dan Marlone

Kampala—8, September 2020: Two years now since ASP Muhammad Kirumira (1983 – 2018), the former Buyende District Police Commander, was murdered in cold blood. The perpetrators are yet to be brought to book.

Kirumira was shot dead around 9.00pm local time on 8thSeptember 2018, while driving his personal car, as he approached his home at Bulenga along Mityana road; together with Resty Nnalinya Mbabazi, also a resident of Bulenga.

Eye witnesses said the assassins, riding on a numberless motorbike, first shot at the tires of Kirumira’s car, making him stop, before they opened fire at him and his fellow occupant. Both Kirumira and Nnalinya were rushed to Rubaga Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival. 

While mourning the death of Kirumira, President Yoweri Museveni said there had been security gaps that the criminals were taking advantage of, but that he had since started installing CCTV cameras along the streets to help bridge such gaps.

“The electronic identification of boda bodas would have helped us to identify these people quickly,” Museveni said, adding: “However, while still using the old methods, I want to salute the residents of Bulenga for, although not armed, some boda bodas gave chase to the killers; four of them riding on motorcycles, up to mile 9.”

He threatened to re-activate the Luweero methods to deal with what he termed ‘these cowardly pigs.’

The Police spokesperson then, Emilian Kayima, was reported to have vowed to “we condemn these heinous criminal acts and promise to hunt down these merciless criminals and bring them to book.”

Mariam Kirumira, Kirumira’s widow, was equally disappointed by the government. “We are being oppressed but we are not being helped. My appeal is that government steps in to save the situation. Today, my loved one has been murdered and tomorrow it will be another person’s.”

During the special prayers for Kirumira’s body at the Old Kampala Mosque, just a few hours before his burial in Mpambire, Masaka road, the 2nd Deputy Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, said: “Silence does not mean justice, we require justice, and if they do not provide it in this world, we know that the Almighty God will not let us down.”

Some of those ‘pigs’ seem to have been rounded up by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) about a month later. However, the prime suspect, Abdul Kateregga, was shot dead by CMI personnel while trying to escape, before divulging details of the gun that apparently was used to assassinate Kirumira.  

Kirumira joined the Uganda Police Force early in 2005 and quickly rose through the ranks. He is majorly remembered to have been involved in running battles with criminals, often busting their hideouts.

But he is also said to have had challenges with his superiors. By the time of his death, he had opted to resign from the Police and had ongoing court cases against him.


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