Mumbere to appear in Court Thursday, Asks to meet President Museveni
The Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere who is supposed to appear in court tomorrow Thursday has asked to have a similar meeting held on Sunday between him, President Yoweri Museveni and Rwenzururu.
The jailed king says he believes a lot of the issues discussed during Sunday’s meeting at State House Entebbe were lies.
According to reports, he sent his request through his kingdom spokesperson, Clarence Bwambale shortly after attending a court session in Jinja on Tuesday.
He was responding to statements by some Rwenzururu veterans who confessed to president Museveni as having been behind the agitation for the Yiira State establishment and also responsible for the conflicts in the Rwenzori region.
Mumbere says he finds some of those statements uttered by some of the veterans misleading and nonfactual.
The statement signed by the veterans showed the leaders’ admission of their individual and collective acts that preceded the 27th November 2016 incident which included attacks on Police posts, constant harassment of Police personnel and defiance of Government Authority which they considered regrettable as it had led to loss of innocent lives and destruction of property.
The statement acknowledged that the refusal by the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu royal guards to lay down arms had also led to the loss of lives and property.
In the statement, signed at State House, Nakasero, the leaders apologized to the people and the Government of Uganda for the loss of lives and property and acknowledged that the incident could have been averted if the Omusinga had not been misadvised by some individuals within the Rwenzori Region and that they now sought for tranquility and restoration of security within the Region.
Furthermore, the statement declared that the leaders had renounced and denounced the pursuit, through violence or any other means, the creation of the so-called Yiira state as it is considered treasonable and hostile to the interests of the people and the leadership of the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu.
They also promised that the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu would exist and operate within the strict confines of the Constitution and Laws of Uganda.
They declared that the statement was made in the firm belief that His Highness, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere fully supports and appreciates it.
The statement added that the leaders were making the apology with the desire that it lays the ground work for the disposal of criminal cases against the Omusinga and other individuals from Rwenzori Region and that His Excellency, President Yoweri Museveni, would use his powers to the extent that the law permits him to make sure they are released.
The veterans committed themselves in writing that they are responsible for the killings in Kasese and asked for pardon.