Though earlier today in parliament, hon. Centenary Robert, had asked the Omusinga to be released unconditionally immediately and demanded that all security commanders who took part in the operation step aside as investigations go on.

However, the Omusinga, Charles Wesley Mumbere of the Kingdom of Rwenzururu, has been remanded to jail until Dec. 13, said Solomon Muyita, a spokesman for the judiciary.

At least 46 supporters of the king and 16 police have died in the clashes, according to Ugandan police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi. The actual death toll may be higher as many clashes happened deep in the villages and may not have been reported.

The cultural leader  appeared before Jinja Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa who did not allow him to take plea to the charges because his court does not have jurisdiction to handle such a case.

However Mumbere was not allowed to say anything in respect of the charges that are capital in nature, bailable and triable by the High court.

Prosecution led by the State Attorney Grace Nabaggala Ntege told court that on March 24th at the Field Force Unit-FFU detach in Kidondo Cell in central division, Kasese district, Mumbere together with others still at large killed Police Constable, Geoffrey Kasimba.

Mumbere’s lawyer was represented by a group of led by David Bwambale.

 

In a related development today, Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo addressing parliament said that  the situation in Rwenzori region is an offshoot of a long history & not creation of the NRM.

He continued to say that the attackers have graduated into a militia which is trained, armed & under a command and control structure and condemned all those he called “who promote the ideology of extremism and violence”.

Hon. Odonga Otto called on the politicians from Kasese to restrain the people in Kasese