Jinja High court Judge Eva Luswata has adjourned the ruling on bail application for Rwenzururu prime minister Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire to Thursday. According to Samuel Muyizzi, one of the lawyers representing Kitsumbire, the adjournment is a big blow to his client because his health requires immediate medical attention.
Jinja High court Judge Eva Luswata has adjourned the ruling on bail application for Rwenzururu prime minister Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire to Thursday.
The ruling was meant to be delivered today but the judge adjourned it to Thursday this week because she was engaged in other state duties.
Donned in a black suite and white shirt, Thembo was brought to court at 10am expecting to be released but was instead taken back to Luzira Prisons after waiting for almost two hours in the court cells.
According to Samuel Muyizzi, one of the lawyers representing Kitsumbire, the adjournment is a big blow to his client because his health requires immediate medical attention.
"Of course it is unfortunate that our case has been adjourned. Prostate cancer is ailing him. But Thursday is not far, lets wait and see what happens then,"he aid
On Monday last week, Kitsumbire applied for bail on grounds that he suffers from hypertension, ulcers and prostate related problems, which need specialised treatment. He also told court that he has a fixed place of abode at Kiteso-Kamayiba in Kasese Municipality and in Wakiso district, which is within the jurisdiction of the court.
Kitsumbire also said he has substantial sureties who are willing to stand for him including the Busongora South MP, Jackson Mbaju. Caleb Alaka, one of his lawyers also argued that the state hadn't raised any objection to the application, implying that they have no problem with Kitsumbire being released on bail.
But the State Prosecutor, James Muliro, said he is under instructions to object to the bail application. He also argued that he only received the list of sureties on Friday and needs time to scrutinise them. Muliro also argued that since Kitsumbire holds a very influential position in the kingdom, prosecution fears that he could interfere with investigations.
The premier was arrested on December 15th 2016 and locked up on charges ranging from murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery to terrorism, treason and malicious damage to property among others. The charges relate to the November 27, 2016 attack on the palace of Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere in which more than 100 people were killed and hundreds others injured.
Mumbere himself was arrested and so were 149 of his supporters including the royal guards. Mumbere was released on bail in February.
Court, however, set tough conditions for Mumbere's release. These included Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF) royal guard brigade to guard and maintain his security detail under the Traditional and Cultural Leaders Act and that the police will provide additional security by guarding his royal palace.
The Omusinga's movements were restricted to only three districts of Kampala, Wakiso and Jinja. The Omusinga was also ordered not to set foot in Rwenzori region and and shall continue reporting to Jinja Chief Magistrates Court and at CID Kampala.