Rukutana Charged, Remanded

State Minister for Labor Mwesigwa Rukutana has been remanded to Kyamugorani Prison in Mbarara district.

 Rukutana appeared before Ntungamo Grade One Magistrate Nazifah Namayanja this afternoon from where he was charged with seven offences related to attempted murder,  assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence.

Rukutana was captured in a video that went viral on social media showing him grabbing a gun from one of his bodyguards and started 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.

Rukutana’s charge sheet

The Prosecution alleges that on September 5, 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.  

The others are 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 Toyota Rav 4 type which belongs to Moses Muhumuza.

Rukutana did not take a plea since the charges against him can only be tried by a chief magistrate who was not in court today.

As a result, the Grade One Magistrate Namayanja decided to send him to Kyamugorani, awaiting his return to court on Tuesday.      


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