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Rwenzururu kingdom in peace talks with central government

King Mumbere in the company of Queen Agnes Ithungu Asiimawe at the ICD in Kololo.(PHOTO BY RACHEAL AGABA)

KAMPALA– The Omusinga of Rwenzururu Kingdom Charles Wesley Mumbere is in peace talks with the central government in order to end conflicts within his kingdom.

This was revealed by the Attorney General of the Kingdom Alfred Makasi who had accompanied King Mumbere at the International Crimes Division (ICD) court in fulfillment of his bail terms.

The King, together with over 200 others are facing charges of terrorism, treason, murder among others following their arrest when the army stormed Buhikira Royal Palace in Kasese district on November 27, 2016. The clashes left over 100 people including police officers dead.

Makasi told the press that the acquittal or conviction of the king and his subjects will not reclaim the peace and glory of the Rwenzururu kingdom.

He, therefore, confirmed that talks between the kingdom leaders headed by the King himself and government are already in advanced stages and the public should wait for a positive outcome.

For nearly two years, Mumbere who is on bail has been reporting to the registrar of the High Court in Jinja on monthly basis together with his former Acting Prime Minister Mr Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire and six juveniles who were released on bail.

The king with his subjects at ICD court. (PHOTO BY RACHEAL AGABA)

Yesterday, December 3, the king, Mumbere, former Acting Prime Minister and the six juveniles appeared before the Deputy Registrar for the Anti-Corruption Court, Ms Susan Kanyange who held brief for the ICD registrar who was away.

Ms Kanyange extended their bail to January 8, 2019, when the case will come up for the mention.

“This case has been adjourned to January 8, 2019, for mention. Let all of you appear in court without fail,” Ms Kanyange ordered.

Mumbere and 112 of his subjects who are on remand at Luzira and Kirinya prisons respectively are awaiting trial before the International Crimes Division of the High court on charges of Murder, Terrorism, robbery and malicious damage to property allegedly committed in April 2016 at the Rwenzururu palace.

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