Five juveniles charged together with Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere in the Kasese murder, terrorism and treason case, have also been granted mandatory bail by Jinja Court Chief Magistrate Francis Kaggwa. They have been on remand since December last year.
The juveniles Phasimwa Lyahinda, Crispo Muhindo, VincentMasereka, Dan Bwambale , and Mbusa Baghura were handed over to the Kingdom Attorney General Alfred Makasi to ensure their attendance of court. This followed an application presented by their lawyer Caleb Alaka.
They had appeared together with King Mumbere and Rwenzururu Kingdom Prime Minister Thembo Katsumbire for mention of their case, that has been adjourned to April 10, 2017 as inquiries into their case continue.
They face charges of murder, terrorism and treason in connection with the 2016 violence in Kasese district that left more than 100 people dead.
Last week, Human Rights Watch claimed 155 people, including 15 children, were killed in fierce fighting that erupted late last year in western Uganda between security forces and the Rwenzurur tribal king’s palace guards.
But the report was dismissed by the Ugandan government, which said it contained “inconsistencies” and challenged the allegation that children were among the dead, putting the death toll at just over 100.