The State Minister for Labor Mwesigwa Rukutana who doubles as the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag bearer for the Rushenyi parliamentary seat in Ntungamo district has denied social media reports that he has withdrawn his candidature.
The reports started circulating this week that the minister had stepped down from the MP race following the incidents that occurred in the NRM party primary elections which led to his arrest.
The reports falsely quoted the minister saying he had been “approached by concerned senior leadership of the NRM party both at NRM Secretariat and District who requested that I consider withdrawing my candidature since I am equally an NRM supporter.”
In response, Rukutana clarified that he is still in the race and described the reports as “fake news.”
” Desperate people are circulating fake news on social media that I have bowed out of the Rushenyi county MP race. This is totally false. I am campaigning in the constituency to keep representing my people,” Rukutana posted on his Twitter page.
In September this year, Rukutana was arrested, 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.
He was charged with seven counts of attempted murder, assault causing body harm, malicious damage and threatening violence.
The violence in the aftermath of the election prompted NRM Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Tanga Odoi to cancel Kabasharira’s victory and declared Rukutana winner and NRM flag bearer.
Kabasharira announced to run as independent in the 2021 general elections.