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Suspicious circumstances surround Kirumira’s murder

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Suspicious circumstances surround Kirumira’s murder

Maverick Police Commander Muhammad Kirumira has joined a long list of prominent Ugandans killed by guns over the past three years


Circumstances surrounding the murder of controversial senior police officer Muhammad Kirumira have created deeper anxiety among Ugandans as to what could be amiss with Uganda’s security situation.

Muhammad Kirumira, the former District Police Commander of Buyende, was shot dead by men who were riding on boda boda near his home in Bulenga along Mityana road at around 8pm.

Kirumira’s murder came shortly after he spoke to journalists to remain united against forces of division. Kirumira’s message came on the day journalists were gathered to elect their leaders. He also warned against some journalists that work as spies for the government.

Kirumira was murdered by boda boda cyclists as has been in previous high-profile killings.

And as in previous high-profile killings, President Museveni visited the scene of crime, where he went along with some of the people who had witnessed the murder.

Kirumira’s murder came on the even of a highly anticipated speech by President Museveni on the security of the country. Museveni was expected to address the violence including the torture of opposition politicians including Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, and 30 other opposition politicians in Arua on August 13, 2018.

A number of mourners also aired discontent that the timing of Kirumira’s murder, coincided with the release of former IGP Gen. Kale Kayihura. Gen. Kayihura is however understood to be in Nairobi for treatment following his release from military detention where he had been held on allegations of providing guns to civilians.

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