Mumbere Hearing Adjourned to January 12 Top story

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Prosecution told court magistrate John Francis Kaggwa that the state is still carrying out more investigations as well as gathering more evidence.

Jinja Magistrates Court has adjourned the hearing of a case in which Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley Mumbere is charged with treason to January 12, 2017.

Mumbere, together with the Kingdom's Prime Minister Johnson Thembo and more than 150 royal guards were presented in a fully packed court room in Jinja. They expected to hear whether they were to be committed to High court which has jurisdiction over treason and other capital offenses. 

Prosecution told court presided over by magistrate John Francis Kaggwa that it was still carrying out investigations and gathering more evidence against the suspects.

Prosecution alleges that Mumbere and his co-accused persons, between March and November 2016, at diverse places within Kabarole and Kasese districts, arranged a plot to overturn the government of Uganda by use of arms.

The new charge-sheet indicates that the accused persons expressed the plot through attacks on various police establishments, killing of police officers, robbing arms and ammunition and recruitment of individuals to join in an armed insurrection against government.

They are also accused of providing and participating in military training of recruits in preparation of an armed insurrection to overthrow the government of Uganda, acquisition of  communication equipment such as walk-talkies and  attending meetings within Uganda and abroad in an attempt to acquire arms and ammunition.

Prosecution told court that Mumbere and co-accused with purposes of intimidating members of the public for political, social, religious or economic reasons and without due regard for safety of others, attacked Kidodo police booth where they robbed an AK -47 gun with 30 rounds of ammunition.

Prosecution added that during the same raid, the attackers used pangas and knives to kill a police officer identified as Godfrey Kasimba, on top of attempting to take the lives of eight other police officers.

Mumbere and his guards were arrested on November 27 following UPDF-led operations in Rwenzori region that culminated into the attack on the Palace of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu. The army was searching for persons suspected to be involved in attacks in Rwenzori region. Most of these were Royal Guards in the Kingdom of Rwenzururu.

Caleb Alaka, the lawyer representing Mumbere and other suspects told court that the suspects are detained in crowded cells and sharing blankets. 

He also questioned the prosecution over thirteen suspects whom he said have never been  been produced in court.

Some of the suspects who had appeared in the previous court session with open wounds were today bandaged.


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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).