Kirumira case: Journalists barred from police court

Protest. Police officers block journalists from covering what was happening at the police court in Naguru. recently

KAMPALA- Journalists have been denied access to the Police Court that is expected to give a ruling on eight charges against former Buyende District Police Commander, Mr Muhammad Kirumira.

Counterterrorism police officers are deployed at all entrances of Naguru Police Headquarters where the court sits.

A counterterrorism officer at the rank of a sergeant who preferred anonymity to speak freely, said Inspector General of Police, Mr Martins Okoth-Ochola, instructed them not to allow journalists inside the court because Mr Kirumira’s trial is specifically a police disciplinary issue.

Police spokesman, Mr Emilian Kayima, confirmed that they have been instructed to ensure that media practioners do not access the court.

On Tuesday, Mr Kirumira refused to go to court in the absence of media.

Mr Kirumira, on Thursday accepted to enterthe court room with ACP Sam Omala,  his surety, after a brief scuffle as counterterrorism police officers tried to block a group of people who claimed to be his relatives


VIDEO: Chaos as Kirumira fails to force journalists into police court

In one of the charges, the prosecution had accused Mr Kirumira of beating Mr Ibrahim Bukenya, a crime preventer and hawker in 2013 while at Kawempe Police Station

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