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Minister Rukutana released on bail

Mwesigwa Rukutana outside the prison gates. Photo: courtesy

Mwesigwa Rukutana outside the prison gates. Photo: courtesy

The state minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations Mwesigwa Rukutana has been granted bail. Rutukana is battling charges of attempted murder, assault, malicious damage and threatening violence.

Rukutana was arrested with three of his bodyguards from his home in Kagugu in Rushenyi on September 4 and subsequently appeared in court on September 7. He was then remanded to Kitalya prisons in Wakiso district until today September 15. According to police, Rukutana and his guards shot at a vehicle belonging to a supporter of his rival Naome Kabasharira injuring one of the occupants, Dan Rwibirungi.

Today, Rukutana was granted cash bail of Shs 4 million by Ntungamo chief magistrate, Sarah Kolya Mponye. His four sureties were asked to execute a non-cash bond of Shs 50 million. The sureties included Jim Muhwezi, Robert Kabonero, Michael Mawanda, and Haji Ali Mutebi. Rukutana was also asked to deposit his passport with the court.

Rukutana appeared before the chief magistrate, via Zoom videoconferencing technology from Kitalya prison. In the application, the lawyers argued that Rukutana had a right to bail since the offences are bailable. The lawyers also argued that Rukutana had a permanent place of abode in Ntungamo district which is under the jurisdiction of the Magistrates court.

However, the prosecution led by Eunice Baine had objected to the bail application on grounds that the offence was grave and the accused may interfere with the investigations and witnesses because he is a minister and the investigations were still going on.

Kolya, however, overruled the prosecution and granted bail to Rukutana. She adjourned the case to November 3 when the case will up for mention. However, Rukutana’s co-accused who are also his bodyguards are still in detention. They are Egec Paul, Kozala Faizal and Okello John Bosco. 

Last week during the swearing-in of the new chief justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, President Museveni affirmed his stand against granting bail to suspects of capital offences, such as murder, rape, defilement and assault, saying it makes people lose interest in the judicial system.

 

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0 #1 Kanywani Muhesi 2020-09-15 15:23
Mr. Rukutana, humble down before you anger/ incense God!!!
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0 #2 Larry mike 2020-09-15 18:23
And this thing hasn't been fired or stepped down? Only in this country.
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0 #3 Apollo 2020-09-15 19:35
"Ensibambi, edibya mutere" is a Luganda saying that basically means that the framing can fail a good charge. Mr. Rutukana is battling charges of attempted murder, assault, malicious damage and threatening violence.

A careful mind will notice that the mentioned charges are not intended to pin Mr. Rukutana in a competent Court. The charge sheet that can pin him is one framed on the video evidence that Mr. Rukutana, being a civilian, a) grabbed a gun/firearm from a uniformed serving Officer, b) pointed a gun at occupants of a vehicle, c) resisted the actions of a uniformed trained officer to restrain him from an act of attempting to shoot occupants of the vehicle, d) attempted to discharge a firearm/gun with the intention of harming occupants of the vehicle among other charges.
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0 #4 WADADA rogers 2020-09-15 22:08
Rukutana had to be bailed out, all the conditions that were set by court for his release were only ceremonial, he is one of those blue eyed boys that M7 takes very seriously, he will bounce back as a high ranking minister, may be Vice President, Prime Minister, full Attorney General, etc anti he comes from Ntungamo
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0 #5 Abalang 2020-09-16 00:57
What about his guards? Were they released too? They seemed innocent.

When will he submit his resignation or be fired? He demonstrated a lack of ministerial qualities and more so for someone who was attorney general.
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0 #6 WADADA rogers 2020-09-16 08:48
Abalong, you remember an incident that almost caused trouble in a certain African country, where tourist crushed in a helicopter and the reporter said five people had died including three whites. An in-depth scrutiny of the statement means that white are not people

When we talk about bail in Uganda, it is for the privileged and when we are talking about the privileged, those guards are not, am sure Rukutana has been allocated another set of sharp shooters while the former guards rot at Mbarara prison, not even the comfortable Kitalya, some animals are more equal than others, not even Rukutana will remember he was the cause of their problems
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0 #7 Humless 2020-09-16 15:02
What a world where the guilty are given bail and the innocent rot in jail.

We have people allover the place not fit to be called ministers ,honourables etc i really do not know what seed we are growing amongst our children and grandchildren.

What will the coming generations learn from us you people tell me.
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0 #8 Abalang 2020-09-16 17:43
Thats the absurdity of it all! The unfairness!!.The gun was grabbed. The shooter was recorded and arrested.

The shooter is now free and the case will die (probably). The only time tguards were mentioned was when they were arrested. Now, they virtually don't exist. Their only folly was to guard a deranged minister.
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