By Najibu Mulema

The Director Public Prosecution (DPP), Mike Chibita has explained why the Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley Mumbere was charged in Jinja.

Initially the government had planned to align Omusinga in his Kasese home town but made a last minute change over fears his physical presence in the scared kingdom could inflame passions and foment more trouble.
There was information earlier yesterday that the king would be charged at the military court martial in Kampala but that too did not happen.

According to the correspondents between Chief justice Bart Katureebe and Chibita in a letter dated 29 November, 2016,the chief justice consented to a request from the DPP to have Omusinga charged elsewhere saying that he had cross checked with the chief magistrate in Kasese and that he was informed the court there had been deserted.

Chibita says when the situation normalizes he expects that the proceedings will take place in the appropriate court as may be further directed.

It is customary for suspects to be charged in a court located in the area where the crime was committed and in this case Mumbere would have been charged in Kasese district where he and others at large allegedly killed a policeman shortly after the February elections.

Mumbere was charged with murder before the magistrate court in Jinja and remanded to Nalufenya police cells until 13 December, 2016.