By Sania Babirye
Anti corruption court chief magistrate Agnes Alum has granted a five million cash bail to state Minister for Labour , Employment and Industrial relations Herbert Kabanfunzaki.
The state minister has also been ordered to deposit his passport and two land titles that he owns with his wife in court until the case is dispossed.
The chief magistrate ruled that the minister had no criminal charges pending against him and that his surities were substantial.
The state had asked court to deny Hon.Kabafunzaki bail on grounds that he is likely to abscond once released and due to his status as an MP and state minister he might use it to interfere with witnesses.
However the magistrate dismissed their application saying court can not deny him bail on mere speculation.
By Sania Babirye
The Rwenzururu kingdom Prime Minister Thembo Kitsumbire has been released on bail. Jinja High court judge Eva Luswata granted Kitusumbire a non -cash bail of 75 million shillings while his sureties entered into a non cash bond of 100 million shillings each.
Court set other bail conditions similar to those set for the temporary release of the Rwenzururu king Charles Wesely Mumbere. Kitsumbire’s movements have been restricted to districts forming the Kasese region. While releasing Kitsumbire on bail, court put into consideration his advanced age of 62 , grave illness ; hypertension, ulcers and prostate related problems which cannot be handled in prison.
The Rwenzururu kingdom premier has been on remand at Luzira prison since December last year on charges of murder, terrorism and treason in connection with November 2016 violence in Kasese district that left more than 100 people dead. . He is charged alongside Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere and more than 170 royal guards.
Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has been granted bail.
Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswata said Mumbere does not have any history of jumping bail and had presented a list of prominent Ugandans as his sureties. These include MPs Winnie Kiiza, William Nzoghu, Harold Muhindo, Robert Centenary and former Rwenzururu Prime Minister Constantine Bwambale.
Mumbere was ordered to sign a non-cash bond of 100 million Shillings. His sureties will also sign a non-cash bond of 100 million Shillings each. He will not be allowed to travel to the districts of Kasese, Ntoroko, Kabarole and Bundibugyo during his time on trial.
Mumbere was arrested on November 27, 2016 following UPDF-led operations in Rwenzori region that culminated into the attack on the Palace of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu. The army was reported to be searching for persons suspected to be involved in attacks in Rwenzori region.
He, together with over 150 Royal Guards, were subsequently charged, with terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery and attempted murder.