Kirumira murder: Parliament demands for answers

The State Minister for Internal Affairs Mario Obiga Kania was put in a tight spot as Members of Parliament demanded for answers in regard to last weekend’s shooting that killed former Buyende district police commander Muhammad Kirumira.

Kirumira was murdered by unknown gunmen on Saturday night at Bulenga in Wakiso district, exactly three months after former Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga was killed in a similar manner.

Parliament had at the beginning of Tuesday’s plenary session observed a moment of silence in remembrance of Kirumira whom the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga described as a very courageous and brave young man who stood out to fight corruption, indiscipline, impunity and fraud in the Uganda police force.

Lwemiyaga County MP, Theodore Ssekikubo later returned to the floor, demanding that the House be informed on the security problems in the country and also discuss solutions to the problems.

Much as Kadaga chided Ssekikubo for hijacking her on such an important subject, the outspoken MP received the backing of other MPs.

Kalungu West MP, Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu said, it was not right for Ministers to wait for MPs to push them to respond on matters of national importance yet it would have been their initiative to request space on the order paper to address the house on such matters.

“I can see the Minister Obiga Kania praying so hard that the issue doesn’t come on the floor of the house but why Minister wait for us to push them do address the matters of national importance,” Ssewungu said.

He was joined by Agnes Amedo (Butebo Woman) who wondered why Kirumira was never accorded enough security inspite of his repeated reports of his life being threatened.

“Kirumira has been raising issues of threats ; something must be done in the country not to wait for unfortunate incidents to happen, we can’t keep lamenting after things have happened,” said Bukoto East’s Florence Namayanja.

Kania explained his reluctance to report to Parliament was out a fear of giving half-baked information because investigations were still on-going.

He however promised to furnish Parliament with “all the facts” about Kirumira’s assassination by Thursday.