By Gad Masereka
Kampala: As Rwenzururu kingdom is mourning the queen mother Christine Mukirania, who died on Tuesday morning at Kilembe Mines Hospital, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere has been advised to apply for temporary bail to mourn his fallen mother.
His temporary bail application will aim at adjusting the conditions that restrict his movements out of Kampala which were set court, such that he can attend his mother’s funeral. Mukirania has been battling complications caused by diabetes and hypertension until she passed away on Tuesday, aged 85. The judiciary spokesperson Solomon Muyita has revealed that “Omusinga Mumbere has got a right to apply for adjustments of his bail condition so as to allow him travel to Kasese to attend his mother’s funeral.” Muyita explains that “Mumbere can convince court to allow him go and mourn his mother since the court has the powers to relax the bail conditions.”
Mumbere’s movements were restricted by court, which allowed to only move within a radius of Kampala, Wakiso and mukono districts. These bail conditions were imposed on the Omusinga who is battling more than 41 charges including terrorism, murder and aggravated robbery among others that were lodged against him and 203 royal guards in November 2016. This morning, Mumbere’s lawyers were preparing to file an application before the International Crimes Division to have his bail conditions adjusted. Speaking to the Rwenzururu Attorney General, Alfred Makasi, who is also one of Mumbere’s lawyers, he said that “Culturally, Mumbere is exempted from burying. Even if the bail conditions are adjusted, Omusinga can’t attend the funeral of his mother just like the case was when his late father, Isaya Mukirania died.” Makasi added that “Mumbere has for a long time been applying to court to adjust his bail conditions to allow him travel to different areas, including his kingdom, but this application is still before the International Crimes Division, pending hearing.”