Mumbere Accused of Trying to Overthrow Government

King Charles Wesley Mumbere has been rearrested

State has added Treason to the list charges slapped on the King of Rwenzori Charles Wesley Mumbere. The jailed king is being accused among others of attempting to overturn the government of Uganda through an armed insurrection.

The Omusinga, healing who was yesterday remanded by the Jinja Chief Magistrates Court to Luzira Prison reappeared today at the same court, pharmacy this time with 152 of his arrested royal guards, with whom he was read the charge that attracts the maximum death sentence.

Chimpreports has learnt that more of the guards didn’t make it to court today as they were being treated in hospitals.

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Mumbere was arrested on Sunday November 27 and detained at Nalufenya in Jinja after which he was charged with the murder of a police officer Geoffrey Kasimba, back in March this year. This was described as a “holding charge” as they prepared more charges.

Yesterday, the monarch, in the presence of his wife and dozens of relatives and subjects, was charged with eleven counts relating to terrorism, aggravated robbery and attempted murder all stemming from the March incidents.

This morning, state added treason to these charges, this time relating to the March incidents and the recent clashes at his palace in Kasese, in which dozens of mostly his royal guards were shot dead in a joint UPDF and police operation.

In the fresh charges, state alleges that the king, his arrested guards and others still at large, contrived a plot to overturn the government of Uganda, and expressed such plot by utterances and overt acts such as, attacks on various police establishments, killing of police officers, robbing arms and ammunition, recruitment of individuals to join an armed insurrection against government, providing and participating in military training in preparation of an armed insurrection, acquisition of communication equipment such as walkie talkies, planning meetings in Uganda and abroad and attempt to acquire fire arms.

The new charge sheet further reads in part, that the accused between the months of March and November 2016 in Kabarole and Kasese districts, with the intent to intimidate the public… and for political, religious, social or economic aim indiscriminately without the due regard of the safety of others or property; directly involved themselves in the murder and attempted murder of police personnel, UPDF personnel and civilians and attacked various police establishments.


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