Mumbere Charged Afresh With Terrorism

Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has been charged afresh with offences in relation to violence in the Rwenzori region.

The king was on Monday afternoon charged with Terrorism, advice Murder and Attempted Murder before the Jinja Chief Magistrates Court.

Thereafter, he was remanded back to Luzira Prison after the seven charges were read to him the Jinja court.

According to the state prosecution, Mumbere who appeared alone in the dock is jointly charged alongside twenty others for the offenses that they are said to have committed between the months of July and November last year at Bukara Village, Kabonero sub county, and at Nyabuswa village, Karangura sub county in Kabarole district.

The state says Mumbere committed the above offenses with the intent to influence or intimidate the Government or a section of the public for political, religious, social or economic reasons.

Prosecution says the crimes were indiscriminately committed without regard to the safety of others and property was destroyed when the Rwenzururu king and his co accused directly or indirectly involved themselves in the murder of police officers, UPDf soldiers and other civilians.

“They attacked various police establishments on top of unlawfully making explosives and ammunitions,” said the prosecutor.

Among the victims Mumbere is said to have murdered in September 2016 included police constables ; Simon Peter Apile, Saverio Ochema and also attempted to murder Deputy AIP Denis Ahebwa and police constables; Polycare Ojoko ,Fransico Nsimaki and Benon Byaki.

Mumbere appeared before Chief Magistrate Francis Kaggwa and was remanded to Luzira prison until January 30.

On Friday, High court Judge Eva Luswata released Mumbere on bail but he was re-arrested immediately after leaving the court premises before being detained to Nalufenya police cells.

The Rwenzururu king had earlier been charged with murder, terrorism, treason, aggravated robbery and attempted murder allegedly orchestrated during the violence in the Rwenzori region.

Mumbere was arrested on November 27 together with over 100 royal guards after the UPDf and Police overrun his Buhikira palace in Kasese town. Over 100 people died during the violence.



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