State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana, will be held at Kitalya Prison, Chimp Corps report.
“Obviously, he will be at Kitalya,” said Commissioner of Prisons Johnson Byabashaija in a telephone interview with ChimpReports.
Ntungamo Magistrate’s Court this Tuesday morning remanded Rukutana for one week pending completion of investigations into last week’s political violence in Rushenyi, Ntungamo district.
He was charged with threatening violence, attempted murder, assault causing bodily harm and malicious damage.
The Minister was chauffeured from Ntungamo to Mbarara before proceeding to Kitalya where he will stay till September 15 when his bail application will be heard.
The new maximum security prison is located in Kitalya, Busunju, Wakiso District – about 55km northwest of Kampala Central Business District.
The new prison has big sized prison wards and 30 cells that can accommodate up to 4,000 inmates.
It also has a fully-fledged medical wing complete with an inpatient section and isolation rooms for contagious diseases; 70 CCTV camera points and a control room (24 hour surveillance onsite and offsite) among other facilities.
Asked by social media enthusiasts why the prisons officers didn’t not handcuff Rukutana, Byabashaija responded: “Our risk assessment was zero.”
Prosecution alleges Rukutana, who is also the MP for Rushenyi Constituency on September 5, 2020 at Kagugu Village 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.
Rukutana said his son and a Reverend were blocked from accessing a road by 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.