One of the suspects in the brutal assassination of former Buyende District Police Commander, ASP Muhammad Kirumira who died last month September 8, has been shot dead by security operatives, according to President Yoweri Museveni.
The revelation was made on Monday morning in a post on the President’s official Facebook page. He revealed that an operation had been made by the military intelligence (CMI) on Friday in which suspected killers of Kirumira were apprehended, and one of them shot at.
The suspect who was shot and later died has been identified as Katerega Abdu.
“I am sure I am speaking on behalf of many of you when I congratulate the CMI squads which arrested a number of suspects in the killing of ASP Kirumira on Friday night,” Museveni wrote.
“Quite a number of them will appear in court soon. In the process, one of them, by the names of Kateregga Abdu, was shot and later died of his injuries,” he added.
According to the President, the killed suspect was formerly attached to rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) which now operates in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“It turns out that Kateregga was one of the ADF terrorists that had benefited from Amnesty in the past,” the statement by the President added.
As such, Museveni has “put on notice” all the killers that “the wages of sin is death” quoting Biblical verse Romans 6:23.
He also asked members of the public that may have more information about this particular gang of Kateregga to inform the police.
Muhammad Kirumira, a prominent and vocal police officer was gunned down by unknown assassins on September 8 while he was heading back home at around 9 pm in the night. The assassins shot him and another woman identified as Resty Nalinya while the two sat in Kirumira’s car.
Kirumira had used the media to expose the rot in the Police force alleging that some Senior officers were conniving with wrong elements to engage in criminal activities.
In his immediate response to the murder of Kirumira, President Museveni said that for government to deal with the criminality, it will not rely on the old police methods.
A day after the incident, he said that the criminals responsible for urban crime are still exploiting the gaps he identified in a speech to Parliament. But he said that the gaps are being addressed by Police, including the ongoing installation of CCTV cameras.
“The criminals are still using the gaps I identified in my speech to Parliament. The Police Force are working hard to fill the gaps. They have started installing the cameras and other measures are being put in place,” Museveni said.
“Pending the installing of cameras etc everywhere, we are going to re-activate the Luweero methods to deal with these cowardly pigs,” the President also said, adding that “We are going to stop these pigs by not just relying on the old police methods”.
Recently, Museveni revealed plans to deploy a total of 24,000 Local Defence Units (LDUs) in the areas of Wakiso and Kampala as part of the mechanisms to curb incidents of urban crime. Recruitment of the LDUs is already underway.