AN outspoken Ugandan policeman has been assassinated in the latest in a series of murders of senior officers and politicians in that country.
A police spokesman said Sunday, that Mr. Muhammad Kirumira and his female companion were attacked near his home in Bulenga, Wakiso District on Saturday.
“The Uganda Police Force is greatly concerned with the assassination of assistant superintendent of police Muhammad Kirumira at Bulenga last night,” police spokesman Emillian Kayima said.
“He was with a lady whom we have been informed is not his wife but someone he knew, and she too succumbed to bullet wounds in the hospital where she was rushed for treatment.”
According to Kayima, the assailants were reportedly travelling on a motorcycle, a tactic used in the killings of assistant inspector general of police Andrew Kaweesi in March as well as a senior public prosecutor in 2015, and others.
The late Kirumira was a tough critic of Mr Kale Kayihura, the former police boss. He had said he was living in fear after being threatened with death.
He was suspended from his role as district commander in January after accusing his colleagues in a Facebook post of corruption and working with criminal gangs.
Shortly after he was arrested when heavily armed police forced their way into his house as he holed up resisting detention in an operation that took over five hours.
Mr Kirumira was awaiting trial on charges of criminal misconduct and abuse of authority at the time of his death.
A Police Disciplinary Court had in May recommended his demotion from Assistant Superintendent of Police to Assistant Inspector of Police.