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Mumbere Committed to International Crimes Division

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.
Jinja Magistrates Court has committed Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere  together with 12 others to International Crimes Division of the High Court for hearing of his cases.

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.

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

Prosecution added that during the same period, they used pangas and knives to kill a police officer identified as Godfrey Kasimba, on top of attempting to take the lives of eight other police officers.

Evidence to be adduced by the prosecution shows that Mumbere  who was formally installed as King of Rwenzururu in 2009, felt weakened when in 2004, the Bamba people inaugurated their cultural institution called Obundhingiya Bwa Bamba.

This according to prosecution sparked off fights since a reasonable number of Mumbere's royal guards were from Bundibugyo  and it marked  the beginning of various attacks within the Rwenzori region.

The state also indicates that on March 9, 2016, the Electoral Commission organised countrywide elections for Local Council III. In Hima Town Council, Kasese district, the contest was between independent candidate Wabukombi Tom Mate, a Mukonzo and NRM's Katura John Musana a Mutooro. 

The State says that the election campaigns became tribal after Mumbere rallied the Bakonzo to support Mate who lost the elections. It is said that Mumbere and other supporters of Mate disputed the outcome of the elections and this led chaos that caused tension.  They threatened to attack and terrorise the populace especially supporters of Katura John Musana.

Prosecution also alleges that on March 10, police received information from local leaders of intended violent attacks against the communities and the supporters of Katura forcing some families to flee. It is said that the accused attacked Buhuhira Police Post under Hima division with intention of disarming police to acquire guns for terrorising the public.

The state further says that the accused attempted to murder Lance Corporal Rwothngeyo, Coporal Sentongo Moses, Corporal Katuramu Hannington and Corporal Otobbe James. 

The accused persons persistently tried to snatch their guns and in response, the security operatives were inclined to open fire thereby shooting dead two attackers.

Police visited the scene of crime and recovered two knives and mobile phones. Call data records of the recovered mobile phones were traced to the accused persons.

Following the attacks, police got intelligence reports that the accused persons' tactical headquarters was based in Kasenyi Sub county, Kasese district. Further evidence shows that Mumbere had created bases of royal guards in each sub county in the Rwenzori region in preparation to attack various police posts in a bid to acquire arms and ammunition for use in their illegal terrorist activities.

Prosecution contends that the acts of the accused persons are part of a grand criminal conspiracy they orchestrated and masterminded to indiscriminately terrorise the community for their own, political, religious, social or economic aim. 

Mumbere and his guards were arrested on November 27 following UPDF-led operations in Rwenzori region that culminated into the attack on his palace.

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