Former Buyende district police commander Muhammad Kirumira has been granted bail by the police disciplinary court.
The court chaired by Denis Odongpiny released Kirumira this afternoon after he presented assistant commissioner of police Sam Omalla as his surety.
Odongpiny directed Kirumira to report to the Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU) at 9:30am every working day as a condition of his bail terms. Kirumira is also not supposed to intimidate witnesses and or speak to the media until the matter is concluded.
Prior to his release, the prosecutor Steven Ojala presented two witnesses to pin Kirumira for alleged misconduct during his last appearance before the same court contrary to police standing orders.
The two witnesses, Steven Ovulu and Catherine Kusemererwa told court that during his last appearance, Kirumira protested the bail terms and rudely stormed out of the dock.
They also claimed that Kirumira didn't salute the officers who were presiding over the disciplinary court as required and roughed up officers who tried to restrain him.
Kirumira denied the charges and challenged the prosecution witnesses to produce statements or any evidence implicating him. Since there was no evidence, Ojala raised no objection to Kirumira being granted bail.
In his ruling Odongpiny, said he was compelled by the rules of natural justice to grant Kirumira bail. Kirumira is facing charges of corruption, bribery, unlawful arrest and excessive use of authority.
He was dramatically arrested on February 1 after police cut off his front door to gain access to his house where he had locked himself. He was held at Railway police station, a designated detention facility for senior police officers. Police claims that Kirumira committed the offences during his reign as the officer in charge of Nansana police station and Old Kampala as division police commander in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
He was transferred to Nalufenya police detention facility. However, the police court ruled last week that Kirumira was wrongly locked up in Nalufenya since it isn't a recognized remand facility by the court.
Kirumira's father Abubaker Kawooya had threatened to petition the Supreme court over what he called 'unfair' treatment of his son by the police disciplinary court.
Unlike previous court sessions at the police headquarters in Naguru, today journalists, family and friends of Kirumira were blocked from covering or attending the trial.
Police officers led by assistant inspector of police Abinuku assaulted and manhandled Posiano Nsimbi, a news reporter attached to state-owned Bukedde newspaper.
Speaking to Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ), Nsimbi said that he was beaten using big sticks by AIP Abinuku and other police officers. Much as he managed to save his camera from any damage, he says his right hand and leg were severely bruised.
Fellow Vision Group journalist of Bukedde TV, Sulaiman Mutebi told HRNJ, “We were targeted because of recording footage and taking still photos of the infamous police van that was taking ASP Muhammad Kirumira to the Police Court for trial... I however survived as I swiftly run away from the pursuing police officers."
Despite pictorial evidence, police spokesperson Emilian Kayima denied that any journalist had been assaulted. He said journalists were blocked from covering the trial because it was causing anxiety and excitement on the part of the accused, Kirumira.