President Yoweri Museveni has asked the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to put in an effort to ensure that State Minister for Labor Hon Mwesigwa Rukutana, who is facing Attempted Murder and Assault charges, is not granted bail by court.
The President on Tuesday came out to express resolve to make example of the people who were involved in violence that was witnessed in the just concluded NRM primaries.
Speaking now for the third time on the matter, the president said, “I hope the DPP will also oppose bail. The image of impunity is not acceptable.”
The president was responding to social media commentators who expressed pessimism about government’s willingness to punish such higher-ups as Minister Rukutana.
Such pessimists Museveni said, have not educated themselves about the historic toughness of the NRM government on wrongdoers.
“The skepticism of some responders…that they suspect that the NRM will cover them up, it is because these young People do not know the history of the NRM/ NRA and how it brought peace to Uganda for the first time in 500 years,” Museveni said, adding “Never Joke with NRM,”he said.
Hon Rukutana was arrested on Saturday, following his involvement in a clash with people from the camp of his political opponent, in which one was badly injured.
Ntungamo Magistrate’s Court today remanded him to for one week pending completion of investigations into the violence in Rushenyi, Ntungamo district.
Rukutana is charged with threatening violence, attempted murder, assault causing bodily harm and malicious damage. He is said to be detained at Kitalya Prison in Wakiso district.
The Minister was unable to secure release on Police bond as the matter was hastily sent to court,
President Museveni in his statement today said Police declined to release the minister “because the evidence is clear and they should go for trial.”
While the minister was accused of accosting the group and drawing his gun, he said his son and a Reverend were blocked from accessing a road by the men who were driving a Rav 4 car, leading to his intervention.
The Minister’s lawyers said by grabbing the gun, Rukutana wanted to “scare away” the men who had attacked his family members and did not fire a single bullet.