Prosecution alleges that the Rwenzururu King, his guards and others still at large, between the month of March and November 2016 in different places within Kasese and Kabarole districts, allegedly planned to overthrow a lawfully established government by force of arms.
Just a week after Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere was granted bail, a 28-year-old man has renewed his claims to the throne. Robert Bwambale Tibamwenda, a former claimant to the throne before government recognised Mumbere in 2009, wants to return to Kasese district as king. It is not yet clear who among the elders in the district may be behind the move.
Prosecution led by Rachael Bikhole told Jinja Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa, that the state had adduced enough evidence to pin the suspects. They face 41 counts of treason, terrorism, murder, attempted murder, and aggravated robbery.
High Court in Jinja has set Friday, January 13 to decide on the bail application filed by Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere. Mumbere has been in jail since his arrest on November 27 last year, when the army raided his palace. More than 100 people died during the clashes.
Our reporter saw Kitsumbire being taken from Katarangyes office opposite Rwenzori Square and forcefully whisked into a vehicle registration number UAK 164R. Captain Katarangye refused to comment on the matter.
Brigadier Charles Bakahumura, the director of military intelligence, is reported to have told Members of Parliament that many of Omusinga Mumberes royal guards belong to Power 10 P10, which was a mobilisation group in villages recruited by opposition Forum for Democratic Change FDC during the 2016 elections.
Ofwono Opondo, the Director of Uganda Media Centre, says preliminary intelligence reports link the attacks to ADF rebels. Opondo claimed that some of Mumberes guards were in touch with ADF rebels on the day of the attacks. Opondos statement contradicts that of Internal Affairs Minister, General Jeje Odongo, who on Tuesday downplayed the involvement of ADF.
Winnie Kiiza, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, says the relatives of the deceased Royal Guards have been calling their area leaders, complaining about the delayed release of their bodies to their kinsmen.
Rwenzururu queen, Nyabaghole Agnes Ithungu, has visited her husband Charles Wesley Mumbere currently being held at Nalufenya police station in Jinja. Ithungu addressed the media, calling for an end to violence and for those arrested to face justice.