The Chief Magistrate of Ntungamo Sarah Kolya has on Tuesday remanded State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana to prison till September 15 2020. In a court appearance where a few family members of Rukutana were allowed in, Kolya extended the bail application without giving any reasons as she only adjourned the ruling.
However, Rukutana’s lawyers claim their client needs medical attention. Yesterday the Ntungamo Grade One magistrate Nasifah Namayanja Rukutana to Kakika Prison in Mbarara on charges of attempted murder, malicious damage and theft of a gun. Rukutana was arrested on Saturday together with his four bodyguards following a violent exchange between the minister and supporters of his rival Naome Kabasharira who had defeated him in the NRM primaries.
In his statement on Monday, President Museveni disclosed that Rukutana will be prosecuted for the offenses he committed and it seems this is the time the minister is paying for his sins.
Prosecution alleges that the Minister who is also the Rushenyi county MP on September 5, 2020 at Kagugu village in Ntungamo district, unlawfully attempted to cause the death of a one Daniel Rweburungi. The prosecution also claims the Minister damaged the victim’s car reg number UAR 840X and also verbally threatened to kill him.
In a video that made rounds on social media over the weekend, Rukutana is seen picking an AK47 rifle from his police guard and advancing towards a car occupied by unidentified people. The guard then quickly removes the magazine from the gun, preventing the minister from shooting people. The incident followed unprecedented violence in Rubaare (the minister’s home town) where Rukutana is battling Naome Kabasharira in the Rushenyi NRM MP primaries.
Voting in some parts of Rushenyi, Ntungamo District , Western Uganda, were on Friday postponed over violence. However, Rukutana defended himself saying that he was forced to pick a gun from his guard to to protect himself from armed people. But his rivals say he was bribing people at his home which they raided to collect evidence