How ASP Kirumira was killed

A bullet riddled grey Toyota Corona registration number UAJ 228V remained abandoned in the middle of the busy township of Bulenga along the Kampala – Mityana highway.

Its hind tyres were deflated. Several gunshot marks were visible.

In the driver’s seat was the body of former Buyende DPC ASP Muhammad Kirumira and in the co-driver’s seat was a young woman who was still fighting for her life.

Locals saw two men riding on a motorcycle without lights firing several bullets at Kirumira’s car killing him instantly.

The later sped off without anyone recognising them.

The woman was rushed to Lubaga hospital but was later prounced dead.

Police have declined to name her but some people at the scene identified her only as Sophie.

Kirumira was reportedly returning home from Royal Park – a hangout place, when he met his assailants at about 9pm.

Boda boda cyclists at a nearby stage say that they overheard Kirumira pleading with the gunmen not to kill him but all in vain.

The outspoken police officer was a sworn critic of the embattled former Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura whom he repeatedly accused of creating a mafia group within the police force.

His open criticism of Kayihura led to his brutal arrest early in the year and was eventually charged before the police disciplinary unit.
The police court later stripped him of his Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) rank.

He appealed against the judgment but his appeal was yet to be heard.

He is the second senior police officer to be killed in a similar manner after former police spokesman AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was killed in March 2017.

Kirumira was killed exactly three months after former Arua Municipality MP Col Ibrahim Abiriga was killed near his home at Kirinyabigo near Kawanda in Wakiso district.