The Kamuli-Buyende Muslim District National Delegates’ chairman, Hajji Juma Ali Ngobi, has asked the government to drop all charges against the late Muhammad Kirumira.
Hajji Ngobi made the plea on Tuesday during Duwa prayers led by the Buyende District Khadi, Sheikh Ismail Kazibwe at Kamuli District headquarters.
The charges once dropped, Hajji Ngobi said, will enable the slain officer’s family access his death gratuity to support them and act as a social resettlement package.
“Kirumira remains painfully interred in the minds of Buyende as a community fighter and maverick police officer and we ask government to drop all charges it had preferred against him so that his family can access his death gratuity as a serving officer,” Ngobi begged.
Sheikh Kazibwe said Kirumira’s death added salt to the wounds of the Muslim murders and threatens the peace which the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government has always been credited for.
Buyende District LCV Chairperson, Mr Robert Ziribasanga, hailed the late Kirumira for weeding out motorcycle thieves and mobilising school-going children off rice fields among others.
“Kirumira actively fought drunkards, idlers, children who had deserted school and endeared himself to the public in Buyende though he was a tough and principled officer,” Mr Ziribasanga said.
In attendance was Buyende Chief Administrative Officer, Francis Opolot; the Speaker Buyende District council, Charles Lwigo; and Busoga North police Spokesperson, Michael Kasadha.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Muhammad Kirumira, formerly the DPC Buyende District, was this month shot dead alongside a female friend, Ms Resty Mbabazi, near his home in Bulenga along Mityana road.