Jinja High Court Judge, Jean Rwakakooko, at the close of the week granted non-cash bail to 132 former Royal guards to Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere.
The suspects who are facing treason, terrorism, and other charges have been in incarceration in Kirinya prisons in Jinja since November 2016.
When they were released, family members and other residents of Kasese district were overjoyed.
The royal guards were among those arrested in November 2016 following fighting between different security agencies and the Rwenzururu kingdom.
“As predicted…we pointed out this would happen just before Uganda’s elections as it did for those arrested for Kayunga demos in 2009 who got released just before the 2011 elections. It’s politics over evidence again,” said Maria Burnett, a human rights laywer.
Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza said:”After 4 years without being heard, 132 Rwenzururu royal guards have now gained temporary freedom. We hope to see those who are still in prison released as well. Welcome back home, we bless the name of Christ the Lord.”
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