DPP withdraws terrorism charge against Mumbere

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King Mumbere in court on Monday

The State on Monday withdrew terrorism charges against the Rwenzururu King Charles Wisely Mumbere and his co-accused.

The letter signed by dated June 26 from the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP], Mike Chibita, is addressed to the Jinja Chief Magistrate.

It states that government is withdrawing and nolonger interested in prosecuting Mumbere and his royal guards on the charge of terrorism.

The king, his Prime Minister, Thembo Katsumbire and six royal guards who appeared at Jinja Chief Magistrates Court were committed to High Court.

“It is on the record that today the 26/06/2017 a ruling was to be made inline with the bail applications that were made on the 16/06/2017, I must inform you that this has been overtaken by events,” Chief Magistrate Francis Kaggwa said.

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Court was informed that the King, the Juveniles on bail and other 14 people who have been under custody in Kabarole are part of the total 201 suspects on trial.

A total of 189 accused persons who have now been committed to the High Court of the Republic of Uganda will no longer appear before the Magistrate’s Court in Jinja.

Mumbere’s lawyers instead asked court to bring President Yoweri Museveni and Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura as witnesses in the case.

Counsel Eron Kiiza said Museveni, Kayihura, Maj. Gen. Peter Erweru and AIGP Asuman Mugyenyi were instrumental in the attack and arrest of Mumbere from his palace hence having some testimonies to give.

Mumbere was re-arrested just hours after Jinja High Court released him on bail in January 2017.

After spending more than two weeks in prison, court released the Omusinga on a non-cash bail of Sh100 million.

He is accused of orchestrating Rwenzori region attacks.

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