Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Buganda Road Court Thursday dismissed embattled former Buyende District Police commander and Assistant Superintendent of Police Mohammad Kirumira’s application that sought unconditional release from police custody, having spent more than 48 hrs without being charged.
Grade One Magistrate Robert Mukanza dismissed the application on grounds that Kirumira being a police officer at the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police, is legally before the Police Disciplinary Tribunal, and legally confined in a gazetted place prescribed by the law.
Magistrate Mukanza noted Buganda Road Court has therefore no jurisdiction to question or interfere with the tribunal’s competence and work.
However Kirumira’s Father Abubakar Kawooya who filed this application together with his Lawyer Jude Mbabali were not in court to receive the ruling.
The ruling that was supposed to be delivered at 11am, had to wait until 3:30pm in the afternoon because the court was waiting for Kirumira’s father or his lawyer to receive the ruling.
It was the Resident State Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya representing DPP, that was present in court.
The magistrate asked each party to bear their own costs of this application.
Kirumira has been in detention since February 01, 2018 when he was arrested from his home in Bulenga Wakiso district by the police’s flying squad.
He is currently appearing before the said police tribunal on charges of professional misconduct and corruption for which he was remanded to Nalufenya Detension Centre awaiting to fullfil the bail terms set for him.