Uganda: Mumbere Case Adjourned to Dec 28, Besiege Whisked Away

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Jailed Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere appeared at Jinja Magistrates Court for mention of his case where he was informed he faces 11 more charges including terrorism, murder, attempted murder. All these related to the recent Kasese clashes where up to 100 civilians and police officers were killed.

His lawyer Caleb Alaka on Tuesday argued that the Rwenzururu King’s health was fragile and he deserved specialised treatment even in remand.

He was thereafter remanded until December 28th, but not before former FDC Presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye was whisked away by police. He had been denied entry into the Jinja Court.

When Mumbere first appeared in court last month, he was charged with the single murder of a Police Constable Godfrey Kasimba, and remanded as investigations into his case continue.

Initial charges

Mumbere last month appeared before Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa who could not record his plea, saying the offence with which he was charged is only bailable and triable by the High court.

Prosecution alleged that King Mumbere killed Kasimba on March 24 2016 at F.F.U Dettach in Kidodo cell – Kasese Municipality in Kasese District.

Mumbere was arrested on November 27 at his Buhikira Royal Palace in Kasese town by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces in a joint operation with police, and was airlifted to Nalufenya prison in Jinja following fresh clashes that rocked Rwenzori region.

   ©Alleastafrica and The Independent

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