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Scene of crime! Govt still considers King Mumbere’s Kasese palace a crime scene

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 Director of Public prosecutions has today September 19 told the Internatonal Crimes Division of the High court that the Buhikira palace in  Nyakabugo  – Kasese  district is still treated as a crime scene and therefore the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere should not be allowed to go back as he seeks.

The DPP raised this ground while objecting  to an application in which Mumbere is seeking orders to relax his bail terms.

The Senior State Attorney  Marion BenBella contends that the Kingdom palace in Muyenga cell, Nyakabugo 11 ward, Central Division is still a protected crime scene which is partly the reason why his deceased mother could not be buried there.

BenBella  has also presented an  affidavit sworn by  detective superintendent of police attached to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Johnson Monday  stating that if the king is allowed go back to Kasese , he may interfere with state witnesses.

Monday states  that  inquires in the cases the King is facing were completed and was committed to the International Crimes Division of the High Court on the 22nd June 2017 and the respondent and  awaits the court registry to fix a hearing date.

Monday adds that he  got intelligence information which he  believes to be true  that some of king Mumbere’s  subjects who had fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have returned re-organised, trained and are ready to stage another  attack and defend their king.

The state also denied attacking Mumbere’s palace citing that he had recruited an illegal private army known as the royal guards who had committed several atrocities and had resisted arrest.

The government explained that it was just responding to an armed rebellion which was led by Mumbere.

Monday further stated Mumbere is a King is a recognised cultural leader under the institution of the Cultural Leaders Act 2011 and is entitled to security which he can not disband, refuse, obstruct or reviewed.

Through his lawyers of Alaka & Co.Advocates King Mumbere alleges that since his release, the state turned his residence at Muyenga on Kamapala into a prioson , adding that efforts to seek medical attention have to be cleared through security agencies.

The King states that he has been denied direct access to any person apart from his immediate family yet  the queen and his children have been denied visitation rights to  other family members and friends.

Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli has adjourned the matter to September 24 for King Mumbere’s lawyers to respond to the state.

King Mumbere with a number of his royal guards  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.

The raid on the palace left more than 100 feared people.

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