Mumbere Trial to Be Transferred to Kasese – DPP

Irene Nakimbugwe, the Deputy Spokesperson of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, says the King and his subjects were transferred from Kasese to Jinja Magistrates Court with permission from the Chief Justice.

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The Director of Public Prosecutions is preparing to transfer the trial of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom and his Royal Guards to Kasese Magistrate's court, URN has learnt. 

This follows a directive by the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe to the DPP to transfer case to the magistrate's court under whose jurisdiction the purported crimes against Mumbere and 161 royal guards were committed.



The suspects appeared this morning before the Jinja Chief Magistrate's court where they were charged with 41 counts ranging from terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery to attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

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



Section 31 and 32 of the Magistrate Court Act provides that a Magistrate's Court will only handle prosecution and trial of cases committed within its jurisdiction. 

Irene Nakimbugwe, the Deputy Spokesperson of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, says the King and his subjects were transferred from Kasese to Jinja Magistrate's Court with permission from the Chief Justice.



"The DPP first wrote to the Chief Justice explaining the situation in Kasese and he approved that the suspects be charged in another court only until the situation in Kasese has calmed down. Once the security stabilizes, the suspects will be sent back to Kasese Magistrate's court," Nakimbugwe told Uganda Radio Network.


Early this week, Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi said the security situation in Kasese has normalized despite the fact, that police are still carrying out operations to weed out the perpetrators of last month attacks.


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Earlier this year, the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) charged Rtd Col Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change Presidential candidate in Karamoja with treason although the alleged crime was committed in Kampala.



The chief Justice faulted the move prompting the DPP to arraign Besigye before Nakawa Magistrate Court, which has on the area where the offense was allegedly committed.


Prosecution alleges that Besigye, a runner up in the February 18 presidential election, and others still at large, between February 20 and May 11, planned to forcefully ascend to the office of the president when he declared himself the elected president of Uganda.

He is also accused of inciting residents to defy lawful orders to attend his illegal swearing in ceremony in a non-specified place. The charges stem from a video clip that went viral on the eve of the official swearing in ceremony of the President-elect.


In the video, Besigye was allegedly seen taking the Presidential oath at unknown location. The state says that Besigye's acts tantamount to treason.