has challenged an application by the Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere,
who battling terror charges, seeking to relax his bail terms. Judge Eva Luswata
of the international Crimes Division of High Court released Mumbere on bail in
restricted Mumbere’s movement to Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso districts, directed
him to report to court once every month and cautioned him against making statements
that might incite violence among his subjects.
year, Mumbere applied to court to relax his bail terms to allow him to travel
to Kasese district, report to court at least once every three months and fly
outside the country for eye surgery.
Among other reasons, he pleaded illness, the all-round surveillance by Chieftaincy
of Military Intelligence to the extent that he cannot even be allowed to visit
church, healthy club and host visitors freely.
Through his lawyer, Samuel
Muyizi noted that despite being granted bail, he appears to be in prison since
he cannot perform some rituals required of him as Rwenzururu King.
However, on Tuesday, State Prosecutor, Marion Ben Bella asked
the International Crimes Division presided over by Justice Margaret Oumo Oguli
to reject Mumbere’s application, saying none of his rights are being violated.
She explained that despite his stay in
Kampala, Mumbere has been able to perform his roles as Rwenzururu King for instance
reshuffling his cabinet. She presented a letter issued by Mumbere on June 12th, 2017
informing the Gender, Labor and Social Development Minister, Janat Mukwaya about
the new cabinet appointments in his kingdom and other administrative
Marion noted that Mumbere is running his duties
smoothly and peacefully, saying there is no justification for him to go to
Kasese. Concerning the security at Mumbere’s Kampala residence, Marion told
court that Under the Institution of Traditional or Cultural
Leaders Act of 2011 government is mandated to provide Mumbere security as
a King regardless of the type of the force offering the protection.
She asked court to disregard Mumbere’s claims that his visitors and signatories
are blocked from accessing him. Mumbere's lawyer Muyizi said that the
submissions made by the state are unfortunate, since they already confirmed
that there is peace in Kasese.
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Justice Oguli has now set October, 21st, 2019 to deliver ruling on the
Mumbere was arrested following a raid by the army on his
palace on November 27th, 2016. He was picked up together with 203 royal guards.
They were arraigned in court on 41
charges related to terrorism, aggravated robbery and murder among others and
were remanded to prison.