Police from the flying squad have this morning fired several gunshots while arresting one of their own, Buyende district police commander ASP Muhammad Kirumira.
Maverick Kirumira, who was locked inside his house located in Bulenga in Wakiso district to fend off arrest, was forced out after police cut out his door.
Speaking through his house window to multitudes of cameras surrounding his house, Kirumira said police had no arrest warrant and, therefore, couldn’t take him. In the house, there were his children and heavily-pregnant wife.
However, when the Flying Squad officers finally removed the front door, he came out with hands in the air and voluntarily entered a police truck that immediately sped off. As soon as he entered the truck, police started shooting in the air to disperse an ever-growing crowd.
He is believed to be held at Kampala Central Police Station. Yesterday, Kirumira took to social media to announce that he was resigning from the force following a police tribunal charging him of both criminal and disciplinary charges – a move he said was witch-hunt tarnishing his image.
He offered several media interviews too, revealing too much rot within the embattled force which has of recent been accused of and seen to be working with criminals. Kirumira was last Tuesday arraigned before a tribunal at Police Headquarters in Naguru and slapped with charges of assault, corruption, extortion, torture – all of which he denies.
In a statement yesterday, Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said the police officer's actions are scandalous and cannot be tolerated in the force.
"When the full wrath of the law weighs on you, it will be you alone to tell the story and you will need no sympathy," Kayima warned Kirumira in the statement.
The Police Act provides guidelines for an officer to resign which include writing to the permanent secretary of the ministry of Internal Affairs, which request is discussed and cleared in the police administration chaired by the minister of Internal Affairs.
Kayima says instead of following the laid down procedures, Kirumira has contravened the code of conduct of any serving police officer.
"He has even gone ahead to grant interviews to some media houses which is an act of indiscipline and totally contravenes the code of conduct of serving police officers," Kayima says.
But in his earlier statement, Kirumira said he was only stepping down as Buyende DPC to allow smooth investigations into his case after which he will formerly apply for early retirement.
More details to follow…