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{UAH} Mumbere under house arrest, royal guards jailed

More Rwenzururu Kingdom royal guards have been produced in Jinja Chief Magistrates Court and committed to High Court for trial following their involvement in clashes that left many dead.

About nine guards have been languishing in Katojo Prison in Fort Portal where they were reportedly held incommunicado since November last year.

They are: Bakedya Andrew, Bikino Daniel, James Musuku, Kaitango Bogere, Muhindo Ramishangi, Bwambale Bahingana, Baluku Jimmy, Masereka Bahinga Stephe and Bwambale Benson.

They appeared before Jinja chief magistrate, Francis Kaggwa, on Wednesday and were subsequently committed to the High court.

Kaggwa also issued a warrant of arrest for David Tibenda Bwambale, Kigoma Sunford and Bagheni Yosam who failed to appear before him yesterday.

The State represented by Counsel Annet Namatovu acknowledged keeping the group in prison without ever prosecuting them for all those months.

Mumbere under house arrest

While King Wesley Mumbere is thought to be a free man after getting bailed out of prison, the latest indicates that he was subsequently put under house arrest.

Reports from Kasese district show that Mumbere is now isolated in his old dilapidated palace without friends or relatives being allowed to visit him.

"I think government is detaining him smartly. He is alone in the palace. He has no one to even to talk to or comfort him," a Kingdom official said.

It is said while government was setting terms for his release and looming dialogue, Mumbere was not even informed about it.

"Unfortunately, no official can access the King. We are wondering how the dialogue will proceed," the official said.

In February this year, Jinja High Court Justice, Micheal Elubu, released Mumbere from Luzira Prison on a Shs100m bail not cash.

His five sureties, who included his brother Christopher Kyabazanga, the royal chief prince and a junior minister of Agriculture in the central government, were each bonded Shs100m not cash.

The king and more than 150 of his royal guards are currently facing grave charges ranging from terrorism, treason, murder, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.

Some of the charges arose from the bloody clashes in his palace in Kasese on November 27 last year when the police in a joint operation with the army, bombed the palace on suspicion that wrong characters were taking refugee there.

Over 100 royal guards and policemen died in the bloody raid.

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