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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.
Some of the suspects in the Kasese clashes in court display their injuries.
Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has been charged with treason.

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. The suspects include 19 women and four juveniles.

The other charges include terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

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.

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 in an armed insurrection against government.

They are also accused of providing and participating in  military training of recruits in preparation of an armed insurrection to overthrow the government of Uganda, acquisition of  communication equipment such as walk-talkies and  attending meetings within Uganda and Abroad in an attempt to acquire arms and ammunition.

State lawyers told Uganda Radio Network that the charges are totally different from those read for him yesterday when he appeared before the same court.

In yesterdays charges, prosecution told court that Mumbere and co-accused with purposes of intimidating members of the public for political, social, religious or economic reasons and without due regard for safety of others, attacked Kidodo police booth where they robbed an AK -47 gun with 30 rounds of ammunition.

Prosecution added that during the same raid, the attackers 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.

Mumbere and his guards were arrested on November 27 following UPDF-led operations in Rwenzori region that culminated into the attack on the Palace of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu. The army was searching for persons suspected to be involved in attacks in Rwenzori region. Most of these were Royal Guards in the Kingdom of Rwenzururu.

Mumbere was subsequently charged with Murder and remanded to Kirinya Government Prison until yesterday when he was charged with Terrorism and sent to Luzira prison.

The suspects have been distributed to Bugungu Prison, Kirinya, and Luzira prison. The juveniles were sent to Naguru Remand Home. They all return to court on  December 28. 

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