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During the meeting between President Museveni and MPs on Wednesday at his farm in Kisozi in Gomba district, the legislators also demanded for the Omusingas unconditional release, as well as those of more than 150 royal guards also on remand in Luzira prison.
Kasese MP Winnie Kiiza is one of the strongest agitators for the release of Omusinga Mumbere

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Members of Parliament from Kasese district have given President Yoweri Museveni conditions to hold talks regarding the clashes that led to the arrest of Rwenzururu king, Charles Wesley Mumbere.

Key among them is for Omusinga Mumbere, currently in Luzira Prisons on treason, murder, attempted murder and terrorism charges, to head the talks.

During the meeting between President Museveni and MPs on Wednesday at his farm in Kisozi in Gomba district, the legislators also demanded for the Omusinga's unconditional release, as well as those of more than 150 royal guards also on remand in Luzira prison.

During a press briefing at Parliament today, Kasese Municipality MP, Robert Centenary said they also agreed that arbitrary arrests of individuals in Kasese district by security agencies cease immediately.

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The meeting was attended by Bukedea Woman MP, Anita Among, whom the MP says was invited by the President, as well as South Rwenzori Diocese Bishop, Rt. Reverend Jackson Nzerebende.

On Wednesday, Jinja Magistrates Court adjourned the hearing of Mumbere's case to January 12, 2017. Mumbere, together with the Kingdom's Prime Minister Johnson Thembo and more than 150 royal guards will hear whether they will be committed to High court which has jurisdiction over treason and other capital offences.  

Prosecution alleges that Mumbere and his co-accused persons, between March and November 2016, at diverse places within Kabarole and Kasese districts, arranged a plot to overturn the government of Uganda by use of arms.

The new charge-sheet indicates that the accused persons expressed the plot through attacks on various police establishments, killing of police officers, robbing arms and ammunition and recruitment of individuals to join an armed insurrection against government.

Centenary says President Museveni, in his communication to the MPs, promised to also help families whose relatives died in the clashes.

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Bail hearing for the Omusinga has been scheduled for January 9.