Popular senior police officer, Muhammad Kirumira has announced his resignation from the force.

The announcement comes days after the police leadership decided to drag Kirumira before the Police tribunal for the offenses he allegedly committed when he was in charge of Nansana Police Station in Wakiso district and Old Kampala Police Division in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He was charged with torture, extortion, corruption, bribery, unlawful arrests and excessive use of authority.

Through a statement issued Wednesday morning, the former Old Kampala police DPC attributes his resignation to witch hunt.

“As you may be aware, the police administration decided to press various criminal charges on me which look to be criminal but preferred them under the disciplinary court. And whereas these are old framed up charges, the police has persistently kept on looking at me as a criminal and the purpose of this trial in the Internal Tribunal is to find ways of undermining my reputation,” he cries out.

“Therefore, as a senior police officer who has laboured to wipe out crime without any special facilitation, I have realised that my image before the administration shall never change and given the fact that I am still a young man, I have resigned from the force to enable the police court fulfill their motives. I want to leave police since it’s clean and I’m branded dirty. I will not accept to hold office while I’m being tried. I would love to keep my reputation as a freedom fighter. This is my decision which I shall not change permanently. For those who hurt, I’m sorry indeed.”

He adds that all he is is waiting for is an official message replacing him so that he can hand over his office to the a person the force deems fit.

“Eventually when the Court makes its verdict I will put in my official retirement application to earn my discharge letter.”

This is not the first time Kirumira is decrying witch hunt by his bosses in the force.

Prosecution alleges that Kirumira used his position to torture and extort money from civilians, charges the accused vehemently denies. Kirumira argues that the purpose of the dragging him before the disciplinary tribunal on criminal charges is to taint his reputation.

“Where are these are old tramped up charges, the police persistently kept on looking at me as a criminal and the purpose of this trial in an internal tribunal is to find ways of undermining my reputation,” reads Kirumira’s message.

Adding that, “As a senior officer who has labored to wipe out crime without any special facilitation, I have realized that my image before the administration shall never change and given the fact that I am still a young man. I have resigned from the force to enable the police court fulfill their motives.”

According to Kirumira, he now awaits a message communicating his replacement so that he can hand over office to whoever is deemed fit. “Eventually when the court makes the court makes its verdict I will put in my official retirement application to earn my discharge letter,” he said.

 

He is now charged with torture, extortion, corruption, bribery, unlawful arrests and excessive use of authority when he was in-charge of Nansana Police Station in Wakiso District and Old Kampala as division police commander in 2013 and 2014. Hearing of the charges starts tomorrow.