On Tuesday, the Kingdom Spokesperson, John Thawite issued a statement indicating that he spoke to Mumbere, who assured him that he was healthy and fully in charge of the monarchy's activities. In the Lukhonzo statement, Mumbere told the leaders that he was very strong and fit to break even a rock.
On Saturday, a joint security team comprising of the army and police arrested 14 people who were allegedly found in a shrine, armed with 70 machetes, 40 knives, a flag of Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu and a map of Yiira state, among other things.
Byabashaija was expected in court today following summons issued on 30th January to answer queries filed by the lawyers representing Rwenzururu royal guards claiming that he has failed to transfer suspects from other prisons to Luzira Maximam Prison for medical attention. Jinja Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa set March 6th for Byabashaija to appear in court to answer to the claims levelled against the Prisons Service.
Efforts by Mumberes brother Christopher Kibazanga to negotiate for the withdrawal of security personnel were futile. The Regional Police Commander Godfrey Maate argued that they had not received any orders to free the King.
Rachael Bikhole, the principal state attorney from the Directorate of Public Prosecution objected to the bail hearing, saying since the King is also facing terrorism, his application should be heard by the International Crimes Division of the High Court that has the jurisdiction over terrorism cases.
Appearing before Jinja Chief Magistrates Court this morning, Mumbere and 161 Royal Guards were presented with a list of 41 counts of crimes allegedly committed between March and November 2016 within the Rwenzori region.
Mwesigye, speaking on phone from his home in Kilembe, said that government is envisaging a cemetery where each of the dead would be buried in a separate grave. He adds that there is still room for families to identify relatives from the pile of dead bodies at the mortuary.
To Mayanja Nkangi, the raid on Buhikira Palace brought back memories of the Lubiri attack 50 years ago. Prime Minister Milton Obote ordered military assault on Mengo Palace, exiling Kabaka Edward Mutesa to the UK where he died three years later. Nkangi was Katikkiro at the time of the attack.
Asked to comment on the arrest of Mumbere, Rev. Geoffrey Kyomuhendo, the Spokesperson of Obundingiya Bwa Bamba Cultural institution in Bundibugyo district, said government has reasons why the Omusinga was arrested.