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Rwenzururus Wesley Mumbere Finally to be prosecuted for Terrorism

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Jane Frances Abodo , the Director of Public Prosecutions is set to proceed and prosecute the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere and his co accused on terrorism related charges.

Abodo made these disclosures to Uganda Radio Network on sidelines to launch the fifth office of the DPP Strategic Plan for the Period of Financial 2020/2022 to 2024/2025 in Kampala early this week.

Charles Wesley Mumbere was arrested on treason, terrorism and murder charges which rose
on 27, November 2016 military attack on his palace which left over a hundred of his subjects dead following a raid by the army.

The king was picked up together with 203 others including royal guards and Kingdom officials.
They were later arraigned Jinja Chief Magistrates Court in court on 41 charges related to terrorism, aggravated robbery and murder among others and were remanded to different prisons.

However in January 2017 Mumbere was later granted bail by the then High Court International Crimes Division Judge Eva Luswata but his movements restricted within Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso districts.

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He was also required him to report to court once every month and cautioned against making statements that might incite violence among his subjects.

Some of his co accused were released on bail in different phases, although the information tendered before the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee last month shows that 80 people remain on remand to date with uncertainty when they will ever be released or tried.

The DPP Abodo while speaking to Uganda Radio Network said that they are ready to try the king but there are a few issues such as limited number of judicial officers in the judiciary, shortage of funding and the jittery in prisons since they follow the order of first come first out.

According to Abodo , there are a number of issues playing out such as the Judge who was handling the case previously being elevated to the Court of Appeal, adding that at the International Crimes Division cases dont just get heard immediately.

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She added that they have to first go through the pre-trial hearing as required by law before the full trial starts presided over by three Judges, but for them as the DPP they are ready.

Back in 2019 prior to the stalling of the case, the Judiciary had listed Justice Duncan Gaswaga, Eva Luswata and Susan Okalany as the trial Judges for Mumbere and his co accused.

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Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, Nnews Editor and Critic for African Politics.