Sunday April 13 2014

Top police officer held over bribe

By Andrew Bagala

The Assistant Inspector of Police, Mr Muhammad Kirumira, has been arrested over allegations of soliciting a bribe.
Mr Kirumira has been the officer in charge of Nansana Police Station in Kampala.

The officer was the first to break the news on social media.
“Today, myself OC Nansana Kirumira ... has been summoned to Police Standards Unit Bukoto where I was charged with demanding a bribe after a thug used my Warid [telephone] number to send unsolicited for money ... meant for compensating the one he had stolen. I was detained at Nsambya Police barracks,” he said on his Facebook page on Friday.

In another post, he wrote: “Every day I have been told, gwe bwotoove ku babbi (if you don’t back off thugs)? But remember I was taken to Nansana to streamline and cause sanity. Little did I know that I was standing on a cliff.”

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango confirmed the arrest.
“He is being held on charges of extortion and irregular conduct,” Mr Onyango said yesterday.

He said Mr Kirumira arrested the suspects from whom he allegedly demanded Shs3m. The suspects reportedly paid Shs2.5m.
Mr Onyango said AIP Kirumira allegedly telephoned them and demanded for the balance but they told him that they had only Shs200,000, which he ordered them to send through mobile phone.

“The suspects recorded him when he was soliciting a bribe. It is this recording that was sent to the Police Professional Standards Unit and a case file was opened,” he said.
He allegedly withdrew the money before the operatives arrested him.