Court allows King Mumbere to bury mum

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Mumbere in court

Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has been given permission court to travel to Kasese district and bury his mother.

He was Friday in court seeking revision of his bail terms in order to go to Kasese for the burial of his mother who passed away early this week.

Mumbere had been barred from traveling to Kasese pending trial.

High Court (International Crimes Division) presided over by Justice Eva Luswata warned him not to address unrelated gatherings.

Justice Eva said Omusinga Mumbere would for the period of 14 days until June 29, travel to his kingdom for the burial and funeral rites.

“The applicant’s (Mumbere) attendance is important not only to him as the son of the deceased but also as a king of the Rwenzururu kingdom. I accordingly allow the application,” she ruled.

Omusinga Mumbere who faces several charges including terrorism, murder and other capital offences has not set foot in his kingdom since he was granted bail in January 2017 following his arrest after a joint force of army and police raided his palace in November 2016.

In the application before the War Crimes Division of the High Court, Omusinga Mumbere, through his lawyer Caleb Alaka requested for 14 days to travel to Kasese to attend the burial of his mother, Queen Biira Christine Mukirania who died on Tuesday at aged 85.

Prosecution led by Rachel Bikhole did not object to the king’s application.

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