Minister Rukutana further remanded

Ntungamo Chief Magistrate Her Worship Mponye Kolya Sarah has on Tuesday further remanded State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana to prison until 15th September 2020.

Rukutana has been sent to Kyamugorani Prison in Mbarara district.

He was first remanded on Monday, after being charged with seven counts of attempted murder, assault causing bodily harm, malicious damage and threatening violence.

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.

Rukutana was arrested last Saturday by police in Ntungamo together with his three escorts following a shooting incident in Ruhama, Ntungamo district in which one person was seriously injured and a motor vehicle damaged during the NRM primaries a day before.

“The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition while the suspects are in detention on charges of inciting violence, attempted murder by shooting and malicious damage,” Polly Namaye, the Deputy Police Spokesperson said.

In his statement on Monday, President Yoweri Museveni disclosed that Rukutuna will be prosecuted for the offences he committed.

“This is an incredible shallowness,” he added.

In a video posted on social media on Saturday, Rukutana is seen picking an AK47 rifle from his guard, advancing towards a car occupied by unidentified people.

The guard then quickly removed the magazine from the gun, preventing the minister from shooting people.

The incident followed unprecedented violence in Rubaare where Rukutana is battling Naome Kabasharira in the Rushenyi NRM MP primaries.

Voting in some parts of 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 protect himself from armed people. Similar violence occurred areas of Ssembabule, Kiruhura and Entebbe during the NRM primaries.

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