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Rwenzururu Premier Uncomfortable with Bail Terms

The Rwenzururu premier Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire is opposing the bail conditions that were given to him by Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswata. Kitsumbire was granted bail on Thursday last week after spending 86 days in jail. Justice Eva Luswata released him on a non cash bail of 75 million shillings pending the hearing of his trial. His three sureties including the Busongora South MP Jackson Mbaju were ordered to execute a non cash bond of 100 Million shillings.
The prime minister and his daughters after being granted bail last week
The Rwenzururu premier Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire is opposing the bail conditions that were given to him by Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswata.

Kitsumbire was granted bail on Thursday last week after spending 86 days in jail. Justice Eva Luswata released him on a non cash bail of 75 million shillings pending the hearing of his trial. His three sureties including the Busongora South MP Jackson Mbaju were ordered to execute a non cash bond of 100 Million shillings.

The magistrate restricted Kitsumbire's movements to only Jinja, Kampala and Wakiso districts.

Kitsumbire  was also barred from moving to the districts of Bundibugyo, Kabarole, and Kasese on grounds that he is likely to interfere with the ongoing police investigations and is also likely to fuel the conflicts in the area. The restrictions on Kitsumbire's movements are similar to the ones given to his boss, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere who was also granted bail in February.

While speaking to journalists,  Kitsumbire said his life is at risk with conditions that he stays only in Kampala, Wakiso and Jinja districts. He notes that he has no transport means and security since the state withdrew these entitlements after the Kasese clashes in November last year. He also notes that he has no personal accommodation within the districts he is limited to.

“I want to be monitored in Kasese Municipality where I have a home and a family, the security and transport be given back to me for the purpose of personal security as the prime minister,” he said.

When contacted, his lawyers said he had not yet approached them on that issue.

“Our client has not yet talked to us about that issue but when he informs us we shall find out what to do,” Caleb Alaka said.

Kitsumbire applied for bail in early March through his lawyers led by Caleb Alaka on grounds that he is of an advanced age , suffers from Ulcers and prostate related complications.

Mumbere has so far not complained about the bail terms though some of his subjects including Members of Parliament from Rwezori sub region recently described the bail conditions as house arrest.

After the Court session, Kitsumbire was seen boarding a motorcycle few metres from Court.

He was arrested on December 15 last year in connection with the Kasese clashes that left over 100 people dead.

Outside court, Mumbere described the charges of treason, terrorism, murder, attempted murder, kidnap and others that the state brought against him and his supporters as "a small case."

“I went into exile in 1984 during Obote II regime and I spent 25 years in America where I also pursued my education. So I can't run out of this country because of this small case,” he said.

For the first time since their arrest the suspects, led by their King, sung the Rwenzururu Kingdom Anthem.

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