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King Mumbere granted bail, re-arrested

Mumbere arrives for his bail hearing early this week. Photo via @BNyangos

DEVELOPING STORY:

FRIDAY: Hours after Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere was granted bail in Jinja, he was taken into custody by the anti-terrorism Police. Police did not immediately explain their action, but it is said the decision to take in the king is related to terrorism charges he faces at the International Crimes Division.

It was revealed Thursday afternoon  that Mumbere and 12 other suspects have also been committed to the International Crimes Division of the High Court. (see details bottom) 

Rwenzururu officials believe Mumbere has been taken to Nalufenya Prison in Jinja.

Earlier, Justice Eva Luswata in her Jinja High Court ruling said Mumbere has no history of jumping bail and that his sureties are prominent Ugandans.

The king had been barred from visiting Kasese and ordered to sign a non- cash bond of sh100 million, and his sureties sh100m each.

Mumbere stayed in the court house after the ruling, with officials from the kingdom saying they feared he would be re-arrested as police had surrounded the court.

Mumbere’s sureties had included five MPs from Kasese district led by the Leader of Opposition in parliament Winnie Kiiza and former Rwenzururu prime minister Constatine Bwambale.

The other sureties were Busongora North MP William Nzoghu, Bukonzo County West MP Atkins Godfrey Katusabe, Kasese Municipality MP Centenary Franco Robert, Bukonzo County East MP Muhindo Tonny Harold.

The sureties had undertaken to bring back the king to court as and of when he is required to do so.

A day earlier, Jinja High Court judge Luswata ruled that she had jurisdiction to proceed to hear the bail request, throwing out an application by the Director Of Public Prosecutions to move it to the International Crimes Division.

The judge said that until the trial on terrorism charges start, she has jurisdiction on the Mumbere case.

In the Jinja court, Mumbere is charged with about 40 counts including treason, murder, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and destruction of property arising from the clashes.

A team of state attorney’s from the DPP’s office opposed the bail on grounds that being an influential person in the Kasese region, he has capacity to interfere with and frustrate the on-going police investigations within the area.

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