Mumbere slapped with new charges, remanded to Luzira prison

Monday January 16 2017
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Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere in the dock at Jinja Chief Magistrates Court on Monday. PHOTO BY DENIS EDEMA

Jinja - The Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere has pleaded with court to have him remanded to Luzira Prison rather than being detained at Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja District.
King Mumbere on Monday appealed to the Jinja Chief Magistrate, John Francis Kaggwa, to remand him to Luzira prison in Kampala on grounds that his ill health could not cope with the conditions at Nalufenya Police Station.
He said: “Since I am representing myself because my lawyers are not here, given that they were not informed about this (appearing in court) I would like to be remanded to Luzira prison because of my ill health. I do not mind spending more hours on the road but I would like to be remanded to Luzira prison.”
The Chief Magistrate granted his request and also told him that he has a right to apply for bail at the High Court.

Fresh charges
At the chief magistrates court Omusinga was slapped with fresh charges including terrorism, murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.
According to the charge sheet, King Mumbere and 20 others, between the month of July and November 2016 at Bukara Village, Kabonero sub-county and at Nyabutsi village, Karangura sub-county in Kabalore District involved themselves in the murder of police officers, army men and members of the public.
Prosecution further alleges the accused during the same time attacked various police establishments, property and unlawfully made explosives and possessed ammunitions.

The charge sheet further stated that King Mumbere and his co-accused in September 14 ,2016 murdered a police constable, Simon Peter Apile, Saverio Ochema and attempted to murder Deputy AIP Denis Ahebwa, police constables Polycarp Ojoko, Francisco Nsimaki and Benon Byaki.
He was remanded until January 30 when he will be brought to court for further mention.
The Rwenzururu King was re-arrested just hours after Jinja High Court released him on bail on Friday last week.
The Omusinga was re-arrested and bundled on a waiting police van outside Jinja High Court gate and driven to Nalufenya Police Station.

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