Rwenzururu Prime Minister Charged

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Mutala didnt allow Thembo to enter any plea, since his court lacks jurisdiction on the charges brought against him. Thembo, who was picked up on Saturday last week, didnt have any legal representation.

Johnson Thembo, the Prime Minister of Rwenzururu Kingdom has appeared in court. Thembo appeared this afternoon before Peter Mutala, the Jinja Grade one magistrate.

He was slapped with terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery and eight counts of attempted murder, the same charges slapped against the Omusinga Wesley Mumbere and 161 Royal Guards a week ago.

Prosecution told court that in March, 2016, Thembo together with still at large, unlawfully attempted to cause the death of Mulhumbira James, Mulhumbira Johnson, Lance Corporal Rwothngeyo Robert, Corporal Ottobbe James, Commissioner of Police Opolot Jacob, Lance Corporal Katuramu Hannington and SPC Joel Mbusa.

Mutala didn't allow Thembo to enter any plea, since his court lacks jurisdiction on the charges brought against him. Thembo, who was picked up on Saturday last week, didn't have any legal representation. He remanded him to Nalufenya Police facility until December 28th 2016 when he and his co-accused will return to court.

The charges stem from the coordinated attacks on security installations, which claimed the lives of 16 police officers allegedly conducted by Rwenzururu Royal Guards in November this year.  The attacks prompted the army to lead an offensive against Mumbere's palace on November 26th leading to the death of 49 royal guards. The army also picked up 149 royal guards and Mumbere. 

 

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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.

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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).