The Omusinga wa Rwenzululu Charles Wesley Mumbere was yesterday re-arrested in dramatic events shortly after securing bail from the High Court in Jinja.
Police laid siege outside the Jinja High Court and despite the Omusinga’s temporary refusal to leave court after getting wind of the re-arrest plot, he later played into the hands of the police which bundled him into a waiting van that whisked him away to Nalufenya Police.
Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kawesi told NTV that the Omusinga would be charged with fresh charges of murder and terrorism that are not related to attack on his palace by the Police and the Army on November 28, 2016.
He had been granted bail by Jinja High Court judge Eva Luswata on a non cash bail of Ughs100m
The re-arrest exercise turned more dramatic when Police did not spare the State Minister of Agriculture Christopher Kibazanga from being arrested together with his elder brother Mumbere.
Mumbere is facing several charges of murder and terrorism following events that saw Police and the UPDF stage an attack on his palace in Kasese that left at least 100 people dead.
The attack has since been described by opposition politicians in Kasese as crimes against humanity. They filed a case in the International Criminal Court in the Hague against President Museveni and UPDF commander Peter Elwelu who commanded the operation.
Kasese Municipality MP Robert Centenary has criticised the police for violating Mumbere’s rights after the re-arrest.
This is not the first time Police is re-arresting suspects shortly after they are granted bail. Several Human Rights activists have also criticized the Police’s tactic of waiting for suspects to get bail and then re-arrest them instead of seeking to amend their charge sheet.