Mumbere Nears Bail as Court Sets Ruling Date
By Serestino Tusingwire
The incarcerated Rwenzururu king, Charles Wesley Mumbere is more likely to be granted bail after high court in Jinja dismissed DDP’s request to have the application transferred to International Crimes Division.
The Directorate of Public Prosecution had sought to block Mumbere’s bail application at the Jinja High Court claiming it has no jurisdiction to entertain the application, since it involves terrorism charges that can only be heard by the international crimes division.
However, Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswata has dismissed DPP’s claims saying that her court has jurisdictions to grant bail if there is need to.
Luswata added that at this stage when the DPP has not yet committed Mumbere for trial before the ICD, the king can appear before any High Court judge for purposes of bail hearing.
Luswata has therefore set Friday 13th January 2017 as the day to give her ruling on the application.
Meanwhile, Mumbere has presented 6 sureties as part of his bail requirements.
These sureties include the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, his former premier Constantine Bwambale, Robert Centenary of Kasese Municipality, Tonny Muhindo of Bukonzo East, William Nzoghu of Busongora North and Atikins Katusabe from Bukonzo West.