“I Was Not Shot” – Says Ntungamo Violence Victim as Army Denies SFC Involvement

Daniel Rweiburingi, the man who was seriously injured in a clash involving State Minister for Labour Hon, Mwesigwa Rukutana has dismissed  media reports that he was shot in the scuffle.

Speaking from his hospital bed at Mbarara Regional Hospital on Monday, Rweiburingi said he sustained injuries on his head and arms, but that he was never shot as reported on social media and other media outlets.

“He hit me on the head,” Rweiburingi said, according to a video circulating on social media.

“I feel difficulty when trying to straighten my legs,” he added.

The victim together with his colleagues are said to have been involved in a fight with Minister Rukutana on Saturday morning.

Minister Rukutana has since been arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault and malicious damage.

Rukutana’s lawyers said his son and a Reverend were blocked from accessing a road by men who were driving a Rav 4 brand car, leading to his intervention.

“At no point did the Minister or his bodyguard release any bullet. The weapons of the Minister’s guard and his weapons were all retrieved by police and are available for inspection and the truth shall be established that the weapons never released any bullet nor is there any sell of any bullet at the scene,” said Rukutana’s lawyers in a statement.

President Museveni today said Rukutana would soon face the courts over the political violence in Rushenyi.

“Minister Rukutana is in jail and will be prosecuted,” said Museveni in a statement issued Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) today came out to dismiss reports that the arrest of Minister Rukutana was conducted by its Special Forces Command (SFC)

UPDF Spokesperson, Brig. Flavia Byekwaso told media this morning, “The UPDF has no role in this matter; we have entirely left it to police to handle. All the arrests made were entirely the work of police the way it is supposed to be.”

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