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Rwenzururu Kingdom Premier Granted Bail
Rwenzururu Premier

Jinja. Mr. Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire, the Rwenzururu Kingdom Prime Minister has been released on bail. Thembo was released on a non-cash bond of 75 million Shillings while his sureties were bonded 100 million Shillings each.

He filed his application before the Jinja High Court Judge, Hon. Lady Justice Eva Luswata on March 6, 2017 citing advanced age and poor health as reasons for his bail application. The 65 year old is battling hypertension, ulcers and prostate related problems. He added that he had substantial sureties and fixed places of abode in Makindye, Kampala and in Muyenga Cell, Kasese district.

Kasese businessmen Moses Abili Billy and Amos Mugisa stood surety for the premier. However, Busongora South MP, Jackson Mbaju, his third surety, had traveled to South Africa on state duties, according to his lawyers. Presiding Judge, Hon. Lady Justice Eva Luswata advised that here ports to court to sign bail papers as soon as he returns to the country.

Hon.Lady Justice Luswata in her ruling said, "Having weighed the circumstances above including him having substantial securities and the need to ensure non interfere of the investigations, I grant the applicant (kingdom premier) bail on the following grounds...."

Court also restricted his movements to Kampala, Wakiso and Jinja districts. Mr Kitsumbire has been ordered not to set foot in the districts of Bundibugyo, Kabarole and Kasese that were at height of the attacks. He was also prohibited from travelling outside the country except upon formal application to court.

The Rwenzururu kingdom premier applied for bail last week in which he raised a number of grounds.Some of the grounds included; being of advanced age of 65, suffers from ulcers and prostate related complications, does not intend to interfere with the ongoing police investigations and undertook to abide by court bail terms.

Mr. Kitsumbire is jointly charged alongside his king and over 160 kingdom royal guards with several charges including treason, terrorism, murder, attempted murder and aggravated robbery.

The Rwenzururu prime minister was arrested on December 15 last year on charges ranging from murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery to terrorism, treason and malicious damage to property among others.

The charges relate to the November27, 2016 attack on the palace of Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere in which more than 100 people were killed and hundreds others injured. King Mumbere and 169 of his subjects, including the royal guards were arrested. The king was granted bail in February, 2017.

Posted 17th, March 2017
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