Ugandan king charged with murder after fighting kills 87

Kampala – Ugandan prosecutors charged a tribal king with murder on Tuesday, accusing him of backing a separatist militia in his kingdom where weekend fighting between his guards and security forces left at least 87 people dead.


The Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere is accused of commanding a militia from his palace with the aim of creating an independent state straddling Uganda and the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Court sat this afternoon. He has been charged with murder,” Uganda’s judiciary spokesman Solomon Muyita told AFP, without giving further details.

Police and army officers stormed Mumbere’s palace in the western town of Kasese on Sunday in a hail of gunfire and explosions, dragging him out and placing him under arrest after he failed to accept an ultimatum to disband his royal guards, the authorities have said.