Activists want military probed for Mumbere palace killings

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Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere (R) arrives with security personnel at the Jinja Magistrates

A coalition of 40 organisations has appealed to the Ugandan government to facilitate independent and transparent investigations, and hold security forces accountable for the November 2016 clashes in Kasese district.

The group urged the government to invite relevant African Commission experts and United Nations special rapporteurs to participate in investigations.

“At a time when the public trust in many inconclusive investigations into several murders in Uganda continues to wane, the government ought to accept international cooperation and support to restore trust in its commitment to investigate and act on these atrocities,” Arthur Larok, Country Director of Action Aid Uganda, is quoted by Uganda Radio Network [URN] as saying.

The coalition questioned why no military or police personnel have been charged for their conduct during the violence that preceded the arrest of Charles Wesley Mumbere, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom and 180 of his subjects.

Mumbere and his subjects, most of them royal guards, have since been charged with murder, treason, and terrorism, among other crimes.

Appearing in court last week, Mumbere said he was disappointed by the state failure to conclude investigations into his case.

Mumbere expressed his disappointment at Jinja High Court after Justice John Francis Kaggwa adjourned his case to June 16th.

Justice Kaggwa adjourned court after the State Prosecutor, James Muliro, said the state is yet to complete investigations into the matter.

Muliro told the same court early this year that they had completed investigations and were working on the committal papers to send the suspects to the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court.

Mumbere, who is jointly charged with 141 royal guards, said it is unfortunate that the investigations are taking long.

“My case will go down into the books of history as being the first king since independence to be tried with such a big number of suspects. I was given bail but the restrictions around my home make it another prison.”

Source: URN