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Prisons boss Byabashaija summoned over sick prisoners

FILE PHOTO: Mumbere was remanded at Kirinya before he got bail.

Jinja Chief Magistrate Simon Kaggwa has summoned the Commissioner General of Prisons
Johnson Byabashaija to appear before him  on March 6, 2017 for “disobedience of lawful orders”.

Kaggwa took the decision to summon Byabashaija after it was established that on two recent occasions, sick prisoners were not transferred from Kirinya Government Prison to Luzira to receive treatment as court had ordered.

The Rwenzururu King Charles Mumbere, and several of his Royal Guard, have recently been on remand at the Jinja prision.

Meanwhile, King Mumbere has Monday honoured one of his bail conditions and reported  to court this morning  amidst tight security from both  counter terrorism and military  police .

Mumbere together with the  168 suspects including his prime minister Johnson Thembo  Kitsumbire, several royal guards and civilians are facing charges  several counts of murder ,terrorism, treason, robbery and malicious damage to property .

Prosecution’s Juliet Najjunjju informed court that investigations are still on going in this case. The alleged crimes are said to have beeb committed between March and November last year in Kasese district where over 100 lives were lost.

Meanwhile  three more suspects have been charged with offences of murder, treason and terrorism, bringing the number of accused persons  to 172.

The court has adjourned the case to the March 6, 2017 for further mention, extended Mumbere’s bail, and remanded the 171 suspects back to Kirinya Government Prison.

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