Mumbere Hearing Set for January 12
The High court in Jinja has fixed the 9th/January 2017 to hear a bail application filed by the jailed Cultural leader of the Obusinga Bwerunzululu Charles Wensely Mumbere.
The 64 year old King had listed ill health and advanced age among the ten grounds in his bail application. He applied for bail shortly after being charged with treason before the Jinja Chief Magistrate’s court.
This is the fourth time Mumbere is appearing before the Jinja Magistrates court.
Chief Magistrate Francis Kaggwa postponed the mention of the case till 9th January after Prosecution told court magistrate John Francis Kaggwa that the state is still carrying out more investigations as well as gathering more evidence.
Separately the case in which Mumbere along with 150 his royal guards are charged with murder, attempted murder, treason and aggravated robbery has been adjourned to the 12th of January next year.
Mumbere together with other 160 people are charged with terrorism, treason, murder, robbery, attempted murder and malicious damage to property in relation to the recent Kasese killings, has been adjourned to the 12th of January next year.
Today Mumbere and co-suspects appeared before Jinja Chief Magistrate’s court for the mention of their case which the prosecution reported as still on-going.
However, Defense lawyers led by Caleb Alaka have accused the Police of violating the rights of the suspects and demanded to know the whereabouts of 14 other suspects that have never been charged before the court yet their names are on the charge sheet.
On this note, the magistrate warned that he will unconditionally set free the 14 suspects if the state does not arraign them before court on the next adjournment date.