The kasese people have been celebrating after Court in Jinja granted the Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley Mumbere bail after his lawyer, Caleb Alaka told Justice Michael Elubu in Jinja High Court this afternoon that Mumbere had agreed to the conditions with government for his release from Luzira Prison.
Among the conditions set included : UPDF to guard & maintain his security; His Movement restricted to Kamapala, Masaka & Jinja, No visiting Rwenzori, Access to personal doctor & immediate family members only and to Continue reporting to Jinja Chief Magistrate Court & CID Kampala.
Justice Micheal Elubu of Jinja High Court on Monday ordered for the release of Omusinga Mumbere from Luzira Prison where he has been remand for several months on a Shs100 million not cash.
His five sureties, who included his brother Christopher Kyabazanga who is the royal chief prince and a junior minor minister of Agriculture in central government, were each bonded Shs100m not cash
State attorney, Ms Grace Ntege Nabaggala, told court that they had agreed to release Omusinga if he was to follow the terms set by the state.
“Yes we have been involved and we have appended our signatures on page two. All the consultations have been done in consultation with the DPP Mike Chibita,” Ms Ntege told court.
Earlier, the police had blocked journalists from accessing the courtroom where the king’s bail application was to be heard. However, with the intervention of the registrar, the journalists were finally allowed to attend the hearing on condition that they don’t take pictures during the proceedings.
Omusinga was on January 13 released on bail but re-arrested and slapped with fresh charges including terrorism, murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.
According to the charge sheet, King Mumbere and 20 others, between the month of July and November 2016 at Bukara Village, Kabonero sub-county and at Nyabutsi village, Karangura sub-county in Kabalore District involved themselves in the murder of police officers, army men and members of the public.
Prosecution further alleges the accused during the same time attacked various police establishments, property and unlawfully made explosives and possessed ammunitions.
The charge sheet further stated that King Mumbere and his co-accused in September 14 ,2016 murdered a police constable, Simon Peter Apile, Saverio Ochema and attempted to murder Deputy AIP Denis Ahebwa, police constables Polycarp Ojoko, Francisco Nsimaki and Benon Byaki.