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Minister Rukutana further remanded till September 15

Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana being led to prison. Photo: UBC TV

Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana being led to prison. Photo: UBC TV

The state minister for Labour, Gender and Social Development and former deputy attorney general, Mwesigwa Rukutana has been denied bail and further remanded to Kitalya prison until September 15.

Rukutana was first remanded yesterday by Grade One magistrate Nazifah Namayanja to Kyamugorani prisons in Mbarara city, moments after he was arraigned in court to face charges of attempted murder, assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence.

He was arrested with three of his bodyguards from his home in Ruyonza, Rubaare sub-county for allegedly shooting and injuring a person, in the aftermath of the National Resistance Movement party primaries held last Friday. 

A video that has been circulating on social media, shows Rukutana grabbing a gun from one of his bodyguards, and shooting at a vehicle belonging to supporters of his political rival Naome Kabasharira. At the time of the incident, Rukutana had just lost the Rushenyi country NRM flag to Kabasharira.

The prosecution alleged 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; 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, a Toyota Rav 4 type which belongs to one Moses Muhumuza.

But because he could not take plea in the absence of a chief magistrate, Rukutana was sent to Kyamugorani prison and ordered to report to the court today for a bail application. He applied for bail this morning through his lawyer Owen Murangira.

He presented four sureties including former Rujumbura MP Jim Muhwezi, Michael Mawanda, the Igara East MP, prominent businessman Bob Kabonero and Ali Mutebi. However, presiding chief magistrate Sarah Kawalya Mponye said that the court needed more time to study the application and come up with a ruling.

President Yoweri Museveni in a social media statement said Rukutana was not given "police bond because, according to the police, the evidence is clear and they should go for trial. I hope the DPP will also oppose bail. The image of impunity is not acceptable."

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0 #1 WADADA rogers 2020-09-08 22:29
This is precisely what hurts me and many other Ugandans, why transport Rukutana from Mbarara where he committed the crime to Kitalya, Am not so sure if he has been taken to Kitalya or to his home, anything is possible in this country.

So you can imagine wasting Government fuel to take a man to a place deemed to be more comfortable, why, he should be treated like any other prison and his jail should be within the jurisdiction of the court.

Now they have to transport him back to Mbarara when bail is granted or they will have to install zoom machines at Mbarara Court just for Rukutana. Museveni should stop fooling us that he is opposed to the bail of Rukutana, its just comedy because Rukutana did not and i repeat, he did not shoot any one but only stopped at grabbing the gun
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+1 #2 Sabiti 2020-09-08 23:04
Thank you Mr. President. I hope this will send a strong deterring message to those who think they are above the law.
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0 #3 Lakwena 2020-09-09 10:27
The records shows that: although Rukutana is neither a commissioned officer of the UPDF Soldier nor the Uganda Police, but not long ago; he was seen slinging and wielding an automatic combat rifle, AK47 on his farm.

In other words, in addition to attempted murder, assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence; Rukutana should also be court martialed for illegal possession of a military hardware (weapon AK47).

Eish wachireba?
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0 #4 sonny kawooya 2020-09-10 14:36
the violence in the nrm primaries shows the possibility of more death and violence during the general elections.

also the huge number of nrm mps who were defeated could be an indicator of political revolution that is taking place in the country as many big names on the uganda political scene have been defeated.
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0 #5 Amina Murungi 2020-09-11 09:54
Quoting Sabiti:
Thank you Mr. President. I hope this will send a strong deterring message to those who think they are above the law.


Rukutana's violent reaction when he lost is the same as Museveni when he lost in 1980.

Angry, he grabbed a gun and fled to the bush and began shooting vehicles, banks, people, etc.
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0 #6 Jonathan 2020-09-11 16:34
Quoting Amina Murungi:
[quote name="Sabiti"]Thank you Mr. President. I hope this will send a strong deterring message to those who think they are above the law.


Rukutana's violent reaction when he lost is the same as Museveni when he lost in 1980.

He ( Museveni ) was not even the second runner up dissatisfied with 1980 general election,he hightailed to the bush and waged a bloody war against his mentor 'government ( Obote's government).

The only appreciatable difference between Rukutana and Museveni is that Rukutana didn't grab a gun and flew to the bush as president Museveni did after 1980 general election.
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