The District Police Commander for Buyende district, Muhammad Kirumira, has resigned from Uganda Police Force.
Kirumira aka Mwoyo Gwa Gwanga cited the tramped up charges including corruption, extortion, torture and unnecessary exercise of authority brought against him by the police tribunal.
“I have resigned from the force to enable the police court fulfil their motives. I now await an official message replacing me such that I can hand over office to whoever is deemed fit,” said Kirumira who is expected in court on Thursday.
He is the former Old Kampala Divisional Police Commander and officer in charge of Nansana Police Station.
“As you may be aware the police administration decided to press various charges on me which look to be criminal but preferred them under disciplinary court and whereas these are old framed up charges the police has persistently kept on looking at me as criminal and the purpose of this trial in an internal tribunal is to find ways of undermining my reputation,” he said in a release on Wednesday.
“Therefore as a senior officer who has laboured to wipe out crime without any special facilitation I have realised that my image before the administration shall never change and given the fact that I am still a young man, i have resigned from the force to enable the police court fulfil their motives.”
Eventually when the court makes its verdict, Kirumira said, he will put in his official retirement application to earn his discharge letter.
“I want to leave the police since it’s clean and I’m branded dirty. I will not accept to hold office meanwhile am being tried. I would love to keep my reputation as a freedom fighter.”
He added: “This is my decision which i shall not change permanently. For those who are hurt I’m sorry indeed.”
Kirumira is famous for clearing central region of highway robbers, phone thieves and notorious city criminal gangs.
While still the OC at Old Kampala police, the accused arrested Aramathan Kakooza and beat him before extorting shs350,000 from him, police alleges.
It is also alleged that Kirumira beat Ibrahim Bukenya, a hawker while still at Old Kampala Police station before he allegedly demanded Shs 250,000 to set him free.
In 20014, when he accused a number of police officers of conniving with rackets of hard core criminals to terrorise the city, Kirumira was suspended before being accused of soliciting bribes from suspects at Nansana police station.
Kirumira was sent for a refresher course at the Uganda Junior Command and Staff College at Gaddafi barracks, in Jinja.
Shortly after he was sent to Bwera in Kasese district, where he headed a police station.
In 2016, he was moved back to Kampala as DPC of Old Kampala Police Station and later transferred to Buyende as district police commander.