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Speaker Kadaga asks The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to Brief the Parliament Why Mumberes’ Trial is Delayed

Speaker Kadaga asks The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to Brief the Parliament Why Mumberes’ Trial is Delayed

Speaker Kadaga asks The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to Brief the Parliament Why Mumberes’ Trial is Delayed

On 26 November 2016, the Uganda’s armed forces and police raided Rwenzururu royal palace in Kasese where 153 people were killed and the Omusinga (king) of Rwenzururu , Charles Mumbere was arrested.

The Omusinga was charged with treason, terrorism, murder, being found in possession of illegal firearms among other charges.

On 25 August 2020, during the parliamentary seat, The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, has tasked government to explain within two weeks why the International Crimes Division of the High Court has not tried Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere and his guards, nearly four years after their arrest.

“The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs is required to come and brief this House on when the king and his royal guards will be tried,” Ms Kadaga said

The complaint was raised by Mr Godfrey Atkins Katusabe (Bukonzo West) demanding that if the government cannot try the Omusinga and his co-accused, it should be compelled to release them unconditionally.

He further described Mumberes’ detention as unconstitutional, and government owes an explanation to the family

“Some of the royal guards in Kirinya Prison in Jinja are critically ill but they have not been given serious attention. Recently, I broke down when I visited prison to see one of them who is my constituent because his condition needs urgent surgery,” he said.

“I pray that this House directs the government to undertake a quick trial so that our people are able to know their fate. If government is not ready, we demand that it causes their unconditional release,” the MP added.