Mumbere Returns to Court for Bail Application Hearing

Mumbere Returns to Court for Bail Application Hearing

By Serestino Tusingwwire

The Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesly Mumbere, is today returning to Jinja High Court for hearing of his bail application. The Omusinga will appear before Justice Michael Elubu.

On January 13, Justice Eva Luswata released Mumbere on bail but he was re-arrested shortly after and slapped with fresh charges, which prompted his subjects to make a fresh bail application, which is due for ruling later today.

Mumbere was remanded together with his Prime Minister, Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire and 161 Royal guards to Luzira Prisons in November last year over the Kasese clashes, which claimed the lives of more than 100 suspected Rwenzururu Royal Guards and police officers.

They face 41 counts ranging from treason, terrorism, murder, attempted murder to aggravated robbery and malicious damage to property.

Clearance Bwambale, the Rwenzururu Spokesperson, said that members of the Royal family including the Chief Prince, Christopher Kibanzanga will stand surety for the King.

Mumbere at first had 6 sureties who included 5 of members of parliament from Kasese district, which perhaps did not please the state since they belong to opposition, thus forcing for his arrest.