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Self-appointed King of Ankole released on bail

Mbarara. It was a day of joy and excitement at Mbarara Court premises between supporters and relatives of Self-appointed king of Ankole Umar Asiimwe Rubambansi after the Grade one Magistrate Sanyu Mukasa granted a bail to him and his cabinet.

Rubambansi and his cabinet of four includes Max Muhumuza, Joseph Kankiriho Muteguya, Wickliffe Amanya and Brenda Katushabe were released on bail on Tuesday at a none cash of 3m each and 3m also none cash for sureties. This happened after these defendants applied for a bail through their Lawyer Vincent Turyahebwa which was presented last week in court but the magistrate was not able to rule for a bail until on 27th February 2018 as it was set for the ruling.

Rbambansi and his cabinet have so far been in jail close to two weeks under the various offences that were charged in court including inciting violence and several others. It was until the magistrate ruled to grant them bail and adjourned the case up to 12th March 2018 when they will report back to court.

This ruling excited the Family members and supporters of Self-appointed King of Ankole who were surrounding the Mbarara court on their titer hooks. We left the premises when Rubambansi and his cabinet were still inside signing their bail application as their people waiting to congratulate them.

Much as the court ruled for a bail but Lawyer to the defendants Turyahebwa noted that he is worried that his clients may face re-arrest by police because he has got allegations that police was threatening to arrest them once they are released in court.

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