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Kasese MPs want Member’s trial expedited

The army and Uganda Police attacked the Omusinga palace in Kasese in November 2016, murdering hundreds of civilians. Charles Wesley Mumbere and many royal guards were detained

Members of Parliament from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) from Kasese have requested the court to expedite the trial of Rwenzururu Kingdom King Charles Wesley Mumbere and his royal guards in order to minimize sadness and confusion among the afflicted people.

Sowed Kitanywa of Busongora North, Ferigo Kambale of Kasese Municipality, and Gideon Thembo Mujungu of Busongora South, speaking to members of the media at Parliament on Monday morning, said the delayed trial of their king and royal guards not only infringes on their rights but also has an impact on the development of the cultural institution.

The army and Uganda Police attacked the Omusinga palace in Kasese in November 2016, murdering hundreds of civilians. Charles Wesley Mumbere and many royal guards were detained.

The court discharged 132 royal guards in the run-up to the 2021 elections. The MPs also want the remaining 78 royal guards who are still incarcerated to be granted bail. According to them, nine guards have perished in prison since then.

The MPs believe the court should modify Mumbere’s and the former prime minister’s strict bail terms.

Mumbere is only permitted to travel to Kasese with the approval of the court.

The MPs requested that the government consider rebuilding the Rwenzururu palace, which was destroyed in the 2016 attack.

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