Mumbere Lawyers, Gov’t Clash at Jinja Court

King Charles Wesley Mumbere is seeking to be released on bail from Luzira Prison

The Director of Public Prosecutions has Monday filed to block the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere’s bail application in the Jinja High court.

Mumbere through his lawyers led by Caleb Alaka, viagra approved Evans Ochieng and Samuel Muyizzi had earlier been granted a request to apply bail in the Jinja High Court which was scheduled for today Monday.

However, more about the prosecution led by Racheal Bikhole filed an application seeking a halt to the bail application by the Jinja High court explaining that it has no jurisdiction to entertain the application.

Header advertisement

“The applicant (Mumbere) has terrorism among charges against him which can only be heard by the International Crimes Division, here “Bikhole explained.

The Senior State Principal Attorney added that such a case can be heard by a panel of judges of the International Crimes Division or a single judge who is part of the panel but not any other judge outside the court which was the case with the Jinja High court Judge, Eva Luswata.

“This is not meant to take away powers of this court but if we don’t have a judge from the International Crimes Division, it is only the Principle Judge who can designate one to hear the case,” the state prosecutor argued.

“It is our prayer that this application is sent to the International Crimes Division for hearing.”

Mumbere's wife, Rwenzururu Kingdom officials and Kasese political leaders were also in attendance during the hearing

Mumbere’s wife, Rwenzururu Kingdom officials and Kasese political leaders were also in attendance during the hearing

Lawyers Blast Government

The defence lawyers led by Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochieng were not happy with the application made by government saying it was in bad faith.

Alaka said that the prosecution had a lot of time to file this application before this date stressing they are surprised it is just coming up.

“The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has cited the International Crimes Division rules yet they are not applicable here. This is not a trial. It has been brought in bad faith,”Alaka said.

“The applicant hasn’t yet been committed for trial in any court.”

Mumbere’s lawyers argued that “if the DPP asked the case to be moved from the Kasese court to Jinja, why didn’t they do so and the case be taken to the International Crimes Division in the first place?”

Alaka argued that the International Crimes Division can be talked about in this case only if the case is referred there which is not the case now.

“The applicant sought solace in the High Court seeking for temporary liberty and if it is stopped, what picture would it paint to the public? This application is in bad faith and meant to delay justice,”Alaka noted.

Judge Eva Luswata however adjourned the case to January 12th as the date to give her ruling on the application by the state.

Mumbere's mother asked that his 'sick son' be put atleast under house arrest

Mumbere’s mother asked that his ‘sick son’ be put atleast under house arrest

Queen Mother Speaks out

In an interview with journalists, Mumbere’s mother Christine Mukirane recited her request to government to pardon her son.

“I met the president and told him my son is sick and requested for forgiveness. At least he should only be put under house arrest,” Mukirane told journalists through an interpreter.

Mumbere was arrested on November 27 together with over 100 royal guards after the UPDF and police overrun his palace.

Over 70 other royal guards were killed during the raid on the Obuhikira palace in Kasese town.


Header advertisement
To Top