Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has come out to defend his outburst yesterday while appearing before the Land Commission of Inquiry, in which he exchanged bitterly with the (commission) chairperson, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.
Rukutana says all the pointed words he uttered during and after the interface with the commission were “intentional” and that he will not be apologizing for them.
In fact, he said, he had more to pour out to the Lady Justice, but didn’t get the window.
Rukutana claimed without giving further detail last evening, that his angry reaction toward Justice Bamugemereire had what he called a “historic perspective.”
The Deputy AG yesterday sparked outrage on social media after a video of him appeared telling Justice Bamugemereire to “go and hang.”
Rukutana had appeared before the commission to explain government’s clearance of Shs 24.6 billion shillings in land compensation to Dr Muhamed Buwule Kasasa.
He was however, kicked out of the commission by Bamugemereire who accused him of giving disrespectful answers.
The commission chairperson also vowed to report the AG’s behaviour to President Yoweri Museveni.
Speaking to press after being thrown out, Rukutana was hardly remorseful.
“All they wanted was a headline; ‘Attorney General dismissed’. So what? They can go and hang!”
On the threats to report him to the president, he said; “They can even take it to God. I don’t give a damn.”
His comments were received mostly with anger from commentators, most of whom accused him on impunity.
Down in Rushenyi County in Ntungamo district, a constituency he represents in Parliament, there were numerous calls for Mr Rukutana to apologize.
Responding to some of his constituents in a Whatsapp group however, Rukutana remained stiff.
“I want to assure you and everyone that whatever I said was intentional and had a historic perspective that I will not share here,” he said.
“All I assure you is that I am not apologizing to you or anybody.”
“It is your prerogative to interprete the incident the way you want, but personally I am so happy and satisfied. My only regret is that I never exhausted myself.”
Rukutana’s behaviour yesterday was deemed unacceptable by many, from a holder of public office
FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye, said the “contempt and impunity” were “products of the enjoyment of Junta (unchecked) power- even by those fairly remote from its centre!”
The incident comes a few months after Mr Rukutana caused a stir when a photo of him appeared as he grazed his cattle while carrying an AK 47.
Responding to the scandal back in November last year, the AG was also adamant, telling ChimpReports, that there was nothing wrong with a person herding his livestock with a gun.