Jinja High Court Sets Date For Mumbere Bail Hearing

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In his application, the king pointed out that it is his constitutional right to apply for bail and assures court that he will not interfere with investigations.

Hearing of the Rwenzuru King's bail application has been set for 9th January 2017 by the high court in Jinja.  

Charles Wesley Mumbere through his lawyers Alaka & Co Advocates and Ochieng Associates Advocates on 16th December, Mumbere filed an application in Jinja High court seeking to be released on bail pending his trial.

In his application, the king pointed out that it is his constitutional right to bail and assured  court that he will not interfere with investigations.

Mumbere also said he has substantial sureties who are willing  stand for him, and has a fixed places of abode at Muyenga Cell, Nyakabingo II in Kasese and in Makindye, Kampala.

The bail application will be heard by High Court judge, Justice  Eva Luswata in Jinja. It is not yet clear whether the prosecution will oppose the bail application. Charles Wesley Mumbere has been under incarceration since late November. He faces treason and murder charges. 

Meanwhile the Jinja Magistrates Court has today adjourned case hearing for king  together with his prime minister Johnson Thembo and over 150 royal guards to 12th January as state gathers more evidence.

Mumbere and his guards were arrested on November 27 following UPDF-led operations in Rwenzori region that culminated into the attack on the Palace of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu.


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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).