Kirumira lacks discipline – IGP Ochola
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Okoth Ochola had described as poor, the character of former Buyende District Inspector of Police (DPC) Muhammad Kirumira,saying he “deserves to be tried in hell”.
Ochola was responding to questions raised by Mpigi district woman MP Sarah Nakawunde on police torturing journalists for covering Kirumira.
According to Ochola the controversial officer and former Buyende district Police commander has been given benefit of doubt by the police, but he has always wanted to create a scene in-front of media.
“Kirumira is An undisciplined officer in a disciplined institution and we cannot allow this to go on” he said.
The Police team was appearing before the Committee to defend the Shs 630.153bn 2018/2019 Ministerial Policy statement for the coming budget.
Okoth Ochola says as police they condemn brutality by police on the media.
He however says no law bars Police from holding closed door trials of its officers as long as its to ensure morality and security.
The trial of Kirumira has been marred with chaos and confusion as the embattled officer has continuously demanded that his trial is covered by press.
Joseph Ssewungu MP (Kalungu West) tasked the police to explain why Police has been beating up journalists covering the Kirumira trial tribunal hearings and yet initially they opened up the trial to the press and public.
He says police should get a way to discuss the matter with Kirumira instaead of causing a scene.
Ochola however explained that that Kirumira is a Police officer who should abide by the Rules of the Force that require that any indisciplined Police Officer has to be subjected to a trial process.
“You have all watched the conduct of this office (Kirumira), actually the conduct requires us to even try him in hell, perhaps. Agree with me that at least, we have been giving Kirumira benefit of doubt. I am not supporting the beating of journalists but we are saying, Kirumira takes advantage of him being portrayed in the martyr by the press and that one, we shall not accept,” Ochola fumed.
Obiga Kania, State Minister Internal Affairs said Kirumira is a Police officer who should abide by rules of the tribunal, “This is a disciplined force, is it proper that when he goes through court, he should set his own terms? Obiga asked.
The court sitting today at Naguru recommended the demotion of Kirumira as he was found guilty of misconduct.