Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere’s bail terms’ application set to be heard

High Court Jugde Margaret Oumo Oguli yesterday set September 12, 2019 as the date for hearing King Charles Wesley Mumbere’s application asking for a relaxation of his bail terms.

King Mumbere’s application relates to the manner in which he is being held and the bail terms set by court.

The hearing will take place at the International Crimes Division of the High Court where former Acting Rwenzururu Prime Minister Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire is also seeking to have his bail terms relaxed.

At the time of his release back in 2017, Mumbere was granted a non cash bail of sh100m by Justice Micheal Elubu.

However, his movements were restricted to Wakiso, Jinja and Kampala.

He was also instructed to never set foot in Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole unless with a Court Order.

He was also told to report to the CID headquarters in Kampala and the Jinja Magistrates Court at least once every month.

In the applications filed yesterday, Mumbere says that his release from jail turned into house arrest which has been detrimental to his entire life including seeking medical treatment.

In June this year, Mumbere applied seeking for permission to travel to Kasese, a restricted area under his bail conditions to bury his mother.

Christine Biira Mukirania had battled severe diabetic conditions when she passed away at Kilembe Mines Hospital, Kasese on June 11, this year.

In the application to bury his mother then, Mumbere’s lawyers argued that the bail conditions imposed on him were harsh and unreasonable.

In the application, Mumbere had to support with an affidavit that he was truly a son of the late Biira Mukirania.

It is also alleged that instead of Police to guard him, it is the Army’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) that is guarding him in his house.

Mumbere was cleared by Justice Eve Luswata of the International Crimes Division (ICD) who granted him two weeks in Kasese to mourn the death of his mother.

Mumbere and his co-accused face charges of treason, terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery and possession of illegal firearms.

He was arrested in 2016 during an army raid on his Buhikira Palace in Kasese Town following deadly clashes in the area that saw a lot of anarchy over a power struggle.

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