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Mumbere’s Trial Fails to Kick Off

On Monday, the Jinja High Court Deputy Registrar, Fred Waninda adjourned the matter to January 20. He said that the trial judge, Justice Eva Luswata is on leave.
Rwenzururu king, HRH Charles Wesley Mumbere (L) arrives at Jinja high court.

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The Trial of Rwenzururu King, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere failed to kick off at Jinja High Court on Monday after the trial judge failed to show up.

Mumbere and his royal guards are charged with 41 counts of treason, terrorism, murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery. Under the charge of treason, the Rwenzururu king, his guards and others still at large, between March and November 2016 in different places within Kasese and Kabarole districts, allegedly planned to overthrow a lawfully established government by force of arms.

On Monday, the Jinja High Court Deputy Registrar, Fred Waninda adjourned the matter to January 20. He said that the trial judge, Justice Eva Luswata is on leave.  

Waninda tasked defence lawyers to apply for the accused person bail on time such that remedies shall be considered during next years’ trial session when the judge is available.

He adds that to observe the ministry of health standard operating procedures aimed at controlling the spread of covid-19, the trial sessions will be conducted via zoom conferencing technology to accommodate all the inmates who are currently remanded in the different prisons. 

One of the accused’s lawyers, Alfred Makhasi who doubles as the Rwenzururu Attorney general says that they were ready for the trial only to be informed that, the trial judge was unavailable. 

Makhasi says that they have asked their clients to remain patient as they wait for the trial to commence. 

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Mumbere, his Prime Minister Johnson Tembo Kitsumbire and six juveniles were granted bail in 2017 though denied access to districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole for fear of interfering with the investigations. The other suspects are being detained in different prisons including Kirinya in Jinja and Luzira in Kampala.

     

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