Labour State Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana has this Thursday been nominated for as MP candidate for Rushenyi in Ntungamo District, Western Uganda, ahead of the 2021 general elections.
“I Robert Baine, being returning officer for Ntungamo district, pursuant to the Parliamentary Act 2005, as amended, declare Mwesigwa Rukutana duly nominated as a candidate contesting for election as Member of Parliament for Rushenyi County in Ntungamo District,” said the Baine earlier today.
“I have found no reasons in his nomination papers to reject them,” Baine emphasised.
The Minister was nominated at 9:00am by Kampala businessman Bob Kabonero and seconded by Katamba Semakula.
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Rukutana was arrested during the violent Rushenyi NRM primaries before being charged before courts of law in Ntungamo.
Rukutana was later released from jail after eyewitnesses told President Museveni that the Minister was provoked by supporters of his rival Naome Kabasharira.
Speaking to ChimpReports today, Rukutana 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.
“We should work together for the success of NRM and our presidential flag-bearer, President Museveni.”
Asked what the nomination meant for him, Rukutana observed: “It means a lot. Praise to God and praise to my supporters. Everything was done in my absence.”
Rukutana said he would continue to spearhead projects which are already ongoing in his constituency and also implement the NRM manifesto.
“I have some projects which include rural electrification, extension of water services and maintenance of roads. I also will work hard to ensure our people benefit from the programmes under my ministry such as Green Jobs for youth, externalization of labour and Youth Livelihood Programme,” he observed.
The NRM on Wednesday declared Rukutana as its flag-bearer in Rushenyi elections. It remains to be seen if his rival Kabasharira will stand as an independent.