Court Sets Date for Hearing Mumbere’s Bail Application

High court Judge, pilule Justice Eva Luswata has set January 9th, approved 2017 as the kickoff date for the hearing of bail applications for Rwenzururu King, purchase Charles Wesley Mumbere and his Premier Thembo Katsumbire.

The development was revealed by King Mumbere’s lawyer, Samuel Muyizzi while addressing journalists at Jinja court on Wednesday.

This will mean the Omusinga and 158 others including the Rwenzururu Prime Minister Thembo Katsumbire accused of spearheading the Kasese turmoil shall enter the New Year in Jail.

Meanwhile the suspects who were jailed in Kirinya Prisons have decried the harsh conditions in the Jinja based jail.

Through their lawyers of Alaka and Co. Advocates, the suspects say that Kirinya prison is infested with bedbugs, lice and other insects.

They further note that a blanket is shared by two prisoners and they are congested in small
cells coupled with sleeping on bare floor.

In his submission during Wednesday’s court session presided over by Jinja Chief Magistrate John Francis Kaggwa, Caleb Alaka, the lead defence counsel asked court to order Prison authorities to transfer these suspects to other prisons like Bugungu and Luzira prisons where their colleagues are remanded since there, the situation is not as bad as Kirinya prisons.

The defence legal team comprising of Caleb Alaka, Samuel Muyizzi and Evans Ochieng among others tasked the State to explain why 13 of the 159 suspects are still missing yet their names appear on the charge sheet.

During the last court sitting the State said the 13 suspects were admitted to different hospitals along the way enroute from Kasese due to severe injuries sustained in the scuffle between royal guards and security in the Omusinga’s palace.

This prompted the defence Legal team to ask court to order the State to either produce them in person, produce medical forms from those hospitals or release them unconditionally.

Trial magistrate John Francis Kaggwa concurred with the defence Legal team on all their requests including ordering the State to investigate the torture allegations in police cells which led to some suspects to sustain serious injuries.

They were remanded till 12th January 2017.


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