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Court to hear Mumbere application against bail terms

Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere moving with his wife Queen Nyabaghole Agnes Ithungu Asiimwe at the International Division of the High Court after the hearing of his case (PHOTO/Rachel Agaba).

KAMPALA – The case in which Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere wants Court to relax bail conditions against him has been fixed for hearing on September 12, 2019, before the High Court Judge.

The International Division of the High Court has set September 12 for hearing.

High Court Judge Margaret Oumo Oguli held a meeting with King Mumbere’s lawyers and the state today on September 2.

King Mumbere and his co-accused persons had appeared before the International Crimes Division of the High Court to answer challenge his bail terms and hearing of his application.

The court will also hear a separate application by former Rwenzururu Acting Prime Minister Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire and six juveniles who are also seeking to have their bail terms relaxed.

In January 2017, the High Court judge Eva Luswata released King Mumbere on bail but his movements were restricted to the districts of Kampala, Wakiso and Jinja during the period of his trial.

King Mumbere states that since his release, the state turned the release into house arrest and that efforts to acquire medical attention have to be cleared through security agencies.

It is alleged that instead of the regular Police to guard King Mumbere, the Army’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has since assumed the role of manning his security.

Court records show that Mumbere has been disturbed since arrest and restricted only to movements around Kampala, Wakiso and Jinja districts.

The lawyers state that under the bail terms, Mr Kitsumbire is barred from accessing his home and family and he is left without support in Kampala.

It is alleged that although they are in Kasese, the six juveniles are finding it costly to report to court every month yet they have to attend school.

King Mumbere and his co-accused among them his former Acting Prime Minister ( Kitsumbire) are facing charges of treason, terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery and being in possession of illegal firearms.

He was arrested on November 26, 2016, during an army raid on his Buhikira palace in Kasese Town and was first held at police’s high-security Nalufenya detention centre in Jinja before he was remanded to Luzira Prison in December 2016.

The raid on the palace left more than 100 people dead, including royal guards and police officers who were killed.

The KIng was arrested with close to 200 other loyalists during the raid and in the aftermath.

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