COURT SETS FRIDAY FOR MUMBERE BAIL VERDICT AS IT DISMISSES STATE’ REQUEST

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By Kabuye Ronald

Jinja high court sets tomorrow the 13th of this month as the date it will decide whether to grant or not to grant bail to the Rwenzururu King Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere

In his application, the king pointed out that it is his constitutional right to bail and assured  court that he will not interfere with investigations.

Mumbere presented people who he regarded substantial sureties. These include Members of Parliament from Kasese district, including Winnie Kizza,  Nzoghu William and Muhindo Harold and former Rwenzururu kingdom prime minister Bwambale Constantine.

Caleb Alaka, one of Mumbere’s lawyers,  told court that he has a fixed place of abode at Muyenga Cell, Nyakabingo II in Kasese and in Makindye in Kampala. He however asked court that for purposes of being within the court’s jurisdiction, Mumbere will be staying in Kampala and will only travel to Kasese with permission from court.

Alaka also told court that Mumbere, upon being granted bail, has plans of convening a stakeholders’ meeting to have a lasting solution  to the violence in the Rwenzori region.

However, Principal State Attorney Ojok Alex argued that since investigations are still ongoing in the region, bailing Mumbere will interfere with the progress so far registered.

The state also argued that Kasese district is still volatile and releasing Mumbere may trigger more attacks from his loyalists. By Kabuye Ronald

Earlier in the day justice Eva Luswata ruled that she has jurisdiction to hear bail application for  Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere as opposed to the Directorate of Public Prosecution DPP assertion that it must be only heard in the International Crimes Division in Kampala.

State Prosecution led by Racheal Bikhole argued that anybody charged with capital offenses like terrorism as it’s the case for king Mumbere can only be heard by the International Crimes Division and not any other courts.

She added that at this stage when the state has not yet committed King Mumbere , he has a right to apply for bail thus the court went ahead to hear the king’ bail application.

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