Ntungamo Chief Magistrate’s Court has this Tuesday postponed hearing of cases against Labour State Minister, Mwesigwa Rukutana, to January 20, 2021.
Rukutana, who was recently selected as NRM flag-bearer for Rushenyi constituency in the 2021 general elections, was unable to appear in court for mention of the matter due to illness.
The prosecution alleges that on September 5, 2020, at Kagugu village in Ntungamo district, Rukutana and others still at large assaulted Julius Niwamanya and threatened to kill or injure him together with three others.
The others are Stuart Kamukama, Dan Rwibirungi, and Moses Kamukama.
It is also alleged that Rukutana also willfully and unlawfully damaged a motor vehicle registration number UAR 840X Toyota Rav 4 type which belongs to Moses Muhumuza.
In defence, Rukutana’s lawyers said he grabbed a gun from his police guard to scare away strangers who were trailing his family members.
The further said Rukutana did not fire any bullets during the chaos.
Rukutana’s lawyer, Owen Murangira, also dismissed reports that fresh charges of “armed robbery” relating to the loss of a phone during the Rushenyi incident had been added onto the charge sheet.
“I have not seen any new charges,” said Rukutana’s lawyer Owen Murangira.
“I am hearing it in rumours but I have not seen them,” he told ChimpReports on Tuesday afternoon.
Asked about criminal summons issued for Rukutana to appear in court next year, Murangira responded: “In law, it (issuing criminal summons) is normal procedure.”
Pressed to shed more light on Rukutana’s illness, Murangira observed: “His health status is confidential. I have no instructions to talk about his health. What I know is that court acknowledged that due to his sickness he could not attend court.”
Rukutana, who has been at the grassroots mobilizing for support, appealed for calm and unity among the people of Rushenyi.
“I appeal to my supporters to remain united and forgive each other so that we can work together for the development of Rushenyi and Ntungamo,” said Rukutana after his nomination recently.
“We should work together for the success of NRM and our presidential flag-bearer, President Museveni.”