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Mourners pelt stones at minister Odongo, police's Kayima

Angry mourners today chased away Internal Affairs minister Gen Jeje Odongo and police spokesperson Emilian Kayima from the burial of former Buyende district police commander Muhammad Kirumira.

Tension and tempers were raised early on as soon as President Yoweri Museveni made his way to the scene of crime yesterday night in Bulenga at around 11.52pm - just a few hours after the police officer and his friend Resty Mbabazi Nalinya had been gunned down. 

Museveni was heckled at by angry residents, who, accused his government of failing to protect the maverick former police boss. And, today morning tempers were raised even further when police was blocked from accessing the home of the fallen police officer in Bulenga.

Mourners at Kirumira's home in Bulenga

Mourners accused police ‘kawukumi’ (weevils) of killing Kirumira. Kawukumi was a reference used by President Museveni to refer to the rogue police officers following his sacking of Gen Kale Kayihura as police chief earlier this year.

Kirumira was a vocal critic of Kayihura’s police leadership, who he accused of presiding over a corrupt police force that instead of preventing criminality was working in collusion with the criminals.

From police, mourners only accepted former operations commander for Kampala region ASP Sam Omala into his home in Bulenga that police once broke into to flush him out on February 1, 2018 to take him to the police disciplinary court. 

Chanting ‘People Power, Our People’ slogans, mourners in Bulenga threatened to stone any police officer who dared show up at his home. Police wisely retreated but the stoning threat came to fruition when mourners pelted stones at Odongo and Kayima.

Although Odongo had been reluctantly allowed by mourners at the burial venue in Mpambire, all hell broke loose when Kayima made it to the burial grounds. First heckled and asked to leave, it was a rain of stones pelted in the direction of the two officials who ran for dear life.

But opposition politicians including former Forum for Democratic Change party president Kizza Besigye, Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago, Busiro East MP Medard Sseggona were roundly cheered when they showed up and gave speeches. 

Earlier in February this year, Kirumira reported to Lungujja police station, a case which was registered under SD REF: 43/28/02/2018, stating that his life was threatened by unknown people who followed his car using numberless motorcycles.

"Unknown people are trailing me from one place to another, with no clear motive. I have now connected dots on this surveillance on my movements; these are associates of some officers facing various charges in military court and possibly some friends of Kitatta [Abdallah of militia group, Boda Boda 2010] camp," Kirumira posted on his Facebook page in March this year.

But in the same post, Kirumira was optimistic that he would use both in overt and covert operations training he acquired from the Gaddafi Defence College to deal with what he called rudimentary criminal elements' that was trailing him. He added that he was ready to sacrifice his life, if it paid the price for correcting the image of the police.

Indeed as he predicted, on September 8, Kirumira was killed by unknown assailants riding on motorcycles. His wife Mariam Kirumira said; yesterday, it was her husband who was killed, and if the weapons and criminals are not controlled and contained, another person’s husband and child will also be killed by the same weapons. 

Kirumira's father, Abubaker Kawooya said the news of the murder of his son did not surprise him as he had been expecting it anyway. He said those who thought that by ending his son’s life they would hurt the family, he was getting solace from the love shown to his son during his send off in Mpambire.

Hundreds of mourners attended the burial of Kirumira, chanting ‘People Power’ slogans throughout.

Comments

+4 #11 Lakwena 2018-09-10 12:16
Mr. M7 and cohorts must be reminded again and again of his deceptive rhetoric that, "the problem of Africa/Uganda is leaders like himself refusing to leave power/office".

If M7 had left State House in 2006, Afande Kirumira, Yasin Kawuma, Hon Basalirwa's Bodyguard, Abiriga, Afande Kiggundu, Afande Kaweesi, Ms. Magezi, etc., etc. and the PEOPLE of KASESE would all still be alive today.

And Hons: Bobi Wine, Zaake, Akena and others, didn't have to be tortured by his SFC and left for dead.

In other words, as long as Mr. M7 hangs onto our State House by hook or crook; whoever gets murdered: be it criminal or political in nature, will be added on the List of Ugandans murdered under his watch.

Eish!
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-3 #12 Budapest 2018-09-10 13:15
The intolerance of some of these political actors should be discouraged because it can only end one way.

This is not the people power that we want to succeed. It does not mean that you turn a burial into such a political ground.

Kirumira was apolitical. He had a few issues with how the police was run and that's it.

We need to breed a culture of tolerance. Radicalism only ends one way. People power is strong slogan but it does not mean criminal power.

The number of people at the burial alone speaks volumes about the popularity of Kirumira and/or his message.

By resorting to this kind of attitude, you dilute the message of power of the people. You give reason for neutrals in this struggle to doubt you and then side with your opponents.

We all agree that the police treatment of Kirumira was unfortunate, cutting the door of his house in order to arrest him. But Kayima is a wrong target. We can do better than that.
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+2 #13 juwait kali 2018-09-10 17:59
BUDAPEST no one is inviting you to join them since you are neutral even in the face of these barbarians.

Where have you been over the years when we were calling for a little understanding for Museveni to step down.

Like it or not this is the language you understand. What is kayimas business at that funeral when he works for the devil. What's the police doing there.

As for museveni he even attended kazinis funeral when we all know what. Where was museveni when kirumiras door was being grinded it was live on TV. Just know the game is over and get lost.
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0 #14 Big Charlie 2018-09-10 19:29
Rest in peace. Afande but it's so painful
Losing a young officer like him
Govt it's time you improve on urban security
Please !
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+3 #15 Lakwena 2018-09-11 09:59
Quoting Budapest:
The intolerance of some of these political actors should be discouraged because it can only end one way.

... By resorting to this kind of attitude, you dilute the message of power of the people. You give reason for neutrals in this struggle to doubt you and then side with your opponents.

We all agree that the police treatment of Kirumira was unfortunate, cutting the door of his house in order to arrest him. But Kayima is a wrong target. We can do better than that.


Budapest, although Mr. M7 is the most intolerant leader Uganda has ever had, but he wants Ugandans to tolerate him at all cost.

E.g. going to the bush (violence) was Mr. M7's act of intolerance of the highest order.

He wants Ugandans to tolerate his unlimited maladministration, state inspired brutality (tyranny), corruption and the bewildering exponential unemployment of the youths.
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0 #16 Lakwena 2018-09-11 10:13
Quoting Wooden K.:
Fellow Ugandans ,

can somebody tell me why H.E. Super Glue Musanvu has this habit of wanting to be the first to arrive at the scene when the public is still in shock , feeling angry or outraged ?

...


Wooden, in crime psychology/criminology; in order to take the police/investigation on a wild goose chase; arsons and especially serial killers are more than often the ones to report to scenes of crime and/or the police, as eye witness.

They even go the mile of describing the imaginary suspect/s: what they put on, height, average age and weight.

In other words e.g. last Sunday, why did Super Glue tell the world that he knows one of the suspects who gunned down Joan Kagezi?
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0 #17 Budapest 2018-09-12 09:21
Quoting Lakwena:
Mr. M7 and cohorts must be reminded again and again of his deceptive rhetoric that, "the problem of Africa/Uganda is leaders like himself refusing to leave power/office".

If M7 had left State House in 2006, Afande Kirumira, Yasin Kawuma, Hon Basalirwa's Bodyguard, Abiriga, Afande Kiggundu, Afande Kaweesi, Ms. Magezi, etc., etc. and the PEOPLE of KASESE would all still be alive today.

Eish!


Lakwena you disappoint me. I expect much better from you.

Tying all these murders to the person of the President can only be compared to saying that the twin towers would not have been hit had G W Bush not been president. Your argument is simplistic and unfortunate.

What we need to ask ourselves is the motive of the killers in all these cases. Is it just common crime, are they actors within the security apparatus, are they after regime change? Without a motive, it's difficult to point fingers.
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