State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana has been charged and remanded to prison for his alleged involvement in violence in the wake of the NRM parliamentary primary elections in his home district of Ntungamo.
The minister was charged with seven counts of Attempted Murder, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Malicious Damage and Threatening Violence.
Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Nazifah Namayanja heard from prosecution among others that the minister, who is also the MP for Rushenyi Constituency on September 5th 2020 at Kagugu Viollage in Ntungamo district, unlawfully attempted to cause the death of one Daniel Rweiburingi.
The State also claims the minister damaged the victim’s vehicle number UAR 840X and also verbally threatened to kill him.
Minister Rukutana together with his police bodyguards was involved in an altercation with Rweiburingi l and his colleagues who happened to be part of the minister’s political opponent.
In the heat of the moment, the minister allegedly grabbed a gun from his guard and charged at Rweiburingi’s team.
Rukutana however, claims the group blocked his way and that he acted in self defense.
Rukutana’s lawyers said in a statement today that his son and a Reverend were blocked from accessing a road by men who were driving a Rav 4 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 shell of any bullet at the scene,” said Rukutana’s lawyers.
The Minister was remanded to Ntungamo Government Prison until tomorrow Tuesday.,
However, ChimpReports understands that instead of being taken to Ntungamo Prison, the prison guards acting on superior orders instead took him to Kakinga Prison in Mbarara
Speaking earlier today, President Yoweri Museveni condemned the incident in Ntungamo and such others which marred the NRM primary elections around the country.
Museveni said Minister Rukutana and other culprits would face the full stretch of the law.