Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The embattled former Buyende District Police commander and Assistant Superintendent of Police Mohammad Kirumira should be demoted by two ranks, the force’s disciplinary court ruled Thursday, after it convicted him in one of the several charges he faced.
After a dramatic morning in which police again battled to prevent journalists from covering the proceedings, the court recommended to the Police Council, that Kirumira be demoted to Assistant Inspector of Police. The tribunal found Kirumira to have committed acts of gross misconduct contrary to police standing orders on conduct and discipline.
The conviction relates to incidents in 2013 and 2014 when he said to have made unlawful arrests, excessive use of authority as he he arrested Flying Squad operatives and paraded them before reporters as thieves, unlawful arrest of people and excessive use of authority
The police court however acquitted Kirumira of four charges related to corruption, extortion, abuse of office and torture.
Kirumira who has been on bail, having earlier been in detention since February 1, 2018 when he was arrested from his home in Bulenga Wakiso district by the police’s flying squad, said he would appeal the decision.