By Najibu Mulema

Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere who is on remand at Luzira Prison over 41 charges leveled against him following the Kasese clashes which took place last year in November.

During the last court session in Jinja Magistrate Court, Mumbere applied for a bail and today he was arraigned before the same court for the bail application hearing but unfortunately the hearing has been adjourned to Thursday, 12 January, 2017.

Mumbere applied for a bail on 10 grounds. He states that constitutionally, he is presumed innocent and that he intends not to plead guilty to all the charges which he says he strongly believes are false, fabricated and intended to embarrass the institution of his kingdom which he symbolizes.

The other grounds that the king stated in support of his release include having substantial sureties to stand for him, has fixed places of abode at Muyenga Cell, Nyakabingo II in Kasese and in Makindye, Kampala.

Mumbere is being accused along with 153 people who were arrested following the Kasese clashes where the joint security operatives raided the Rwenzururu kingdom leaving more than 100 people dead.

The suspects are being accused of 41 counts which include murder, aggravated robbery, terrorism, treason among others.