Monday September 10 2018

Religious leaders condemn Kirumira killing

Muhammad Kirumira with two colleague

Muhammad Kirumira with two colleagues at one of the two functions he attended hours before he was killed. Courtesy photo   

By Edson Kinene & Paul Tajuba

Kampala/Rukungiri- The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda has condemned the shooting of former Buyende District police commander Muhammad Kirumira.

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali was on Sunday preaching at St John’s Church of Uganda, Kanyanga in Rwentondo Parish, Kagunga Sub-county, during a thanksgiving of Col Martin Nahurira, the coordinator Operation Wealth Creation in Rukungiri District.

“I join the other leaders, relatives, President and the rest of the country to feel pain because of the news received of the shooting of Muhammad Kirumira who was gunned down last night, let us pray for his soul and relatives and the country at large,” the Archbishop said.
“We need to pray for love, unity and peace in the country, people have lost God’s love; the shootings, corruption, selfishness are all over,” he added.

Kirumira and a female passenger, Resty Nalinya, were killed in a Toyota Corona Reg. No. UAJ 228V on Saturday night at about 8pm in Bulenga, Wakiso District, on Kampala-Mityana Road.

During prayers for the slain police officer at Gadaffi Mosque in Old Kampala yesterday, the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje, said Kirumira had been a peace-loving person.

“I have been following him and you told him to tell the truth and its reason he has been killed,” he said.

Mufti Mubajje said many people jubilated when this government came into power but blood is flowing now.

“We want justice. Muslims are becoming second citizens. Other sheikhs are there rotting, Abdullah Kitatta should be charged in a civil court, we ask government to do justice to both Muslims and non-Muslims,” he said.
Mr Kitatta is detained at Makindye Military Barracks facing charges of illegal possession of guns.

The Mufti wondered what crime the Muslims have committed to be killed, asking government to institute an investigation into the killings.
Some of the sheikhs killed are Mustafa Bahiga, Ibrahim Hassan Kirya and Mohammed Kiggundu.

Addressing mourners yesterday at Mpambire Village, former FDC president Kizza Besigye said people should fight to liberate themselves.
Mr Muwanga Kivumbi, the Butambala Member of Parliament, decried the security situation yet the Defence ministry was given Shs1.5 trillion to defend citizens.

Mr Abubaker Kawooya, Kirumira’s father, said his son was killed for telling the truth.