Former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has condemned the horrific killing, by gunfire, of maverick Uganda Police Officer, Muhammad Kirumira.
He called it another major tragic incident depicting Uganda’s deep and intensifying crisis.
Attending prayers for late at Old Kampala Mosque, Besigye called Kirumira a potent voice for justice and good governance which has now been silenced.
“He had a loud and clear voice which was heard everywhere in the country. He spoke of truth and justice. It is sad that his voice was silenced,” Besigye told mourners.
He added: “But the leadership in this country is not with the people. God is the all-powerful. There is no gun or fighter greater than god. He doesn’t take bribes and he is seeing whatever we are going through. Remain strong.”
Even if the killers try everything possible to kill opponents, they will not kill or destroy ideals for which they stood and fought for, Besigye noted.
He said Kirumura was a potent voice of reason; voice of reform; voice of good governance and voice of the voiceless—his voice has been silenced but his ideals and values will not be silenced.
“Kirumira fought for equity, justice and good governance. We should strengthened by the will to fight until we succeed.”
“As we lay to rest our comrade, we must unite and work together to see that the change; the reforms and justice he fought for are achieved soon in his memory. His gruesome death should never be in vain.”
Besigye called on Ugandans to fight together to regain their country that has been captured by a few people.
“When we say people power, that’s what we mean-Power to the people.”
Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago, on the other hand, told mourners: “You can still be in government or even in security agencies and still stand with the people like Muhammad Kirumira did.”
Bobi Wine mourns
Singing Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine said he was still struggling to believe that his friend and brother Afande Kirumira was being laid to rest at only 35 years of age after he was shamelessly murdered in cold blood.
“Sadly, the present conditions could not allow me attend your funeral and pay my last respects to you just like I wasn’t able to bury all the comrades who were killed in the recent days.”
He added: “Indeed, I was in hospital yesterday when I got the news of your murder in cold blood. Your only crime was speaking truth to power, fighting for justice and loving your country. They were so crude- they did not to use anything else to kill you, but gruesome violence.”
Bobi who in US receiving treatment, said he kept looking at the last picture he took together with Kirumira, seated in the tundra.
Kirumira was seated in the exact spot where Yasin Kawuma [RIP] was murdered from by the same people who “we pay to protect us”.
“I had just left that seat for a few minutes before he was shot- taking bullets that were probably meant for me. I could have died before you bro. I know we will meet again.”
“I reflected on our conversations- the hopes and aspirations we shared for a better country based on equality, unity and social justice. They have killed you but they have not stopped the struggle. You stood for what you believed in. It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.”
Bobi Wine promised Kirumira that he will never give up, never let him down and shall be free or die trying.
— The Observer (@observerug) September 9, 2018