By Goodluck Musinguzi
Uganda Police Force has preferred several charges on Junior Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana after he acted out of anger on the second day of voting in his Rushenyi constituency, Ntungamo district, South Western Uganda after grabbing a gun from a police man on video.
The video that went viral on social media show a man acting like a beast or possessed by a spirit ready to kill. President Yoweri Museveni joined other Ugandans to condemn the actions of the immediate Former Deputy Attorney General who was the custodian of the law.
Among the charges include attempted murder which carries (life imprisonment), assault occasioning bodily harm (5 years),malicious damage to property (7 years),threatening violence (3 counts, 4 years each).
Mwesigwa Rukutana who lost the NRM party was driven from Mbarara Police Station under heavy security escort after some pockets of supporters were mobilized to demand for his release.
Her Worship Nasifah Namayanja, Grade One Magistrate based at Ntungamo district read several charges for him and his bodyguards. He was remanded to a prison in Ntungamo but prison authorities transferred him to Kakika prison in Mbarara district.
On 5th September 2020, the Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana and his bodyguards were arrested starting a humiliating journey that has caused his remand in prison.
“Mwesigwa Rukutana and other still at large on September,5, 2020 at Kagugu village in Ntungamo district unlawfully attempted to cause the death of Daniel Rweburingi contrary to section 204(a) of the Penal Code Act,” the magistrate read the charges.
The humiliated Minister will return to court tomorrow to deny the charges and apply for bail. By the time he returns home, Naome Kabasharira will be preparing to represent NRM party in the 11th Parliament.
President Yoweri Museveni said anyone that attacked Ugandans will receive police bond. He said his Minister Rukutana was captured on video attempting to shoot people over the weekend will have to answer for his deeds.
“the game is finished for party members who were involved in creating chaos during the recently concluded NRM primaries.
Meanwhile Uganda Police in Ntungamo dispersed pockets of fading supporters with teargas who wanted their MP and State Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana released without charge.
On Monday, supporters and family members stormed police demanding for his release and being declared winner of the just concluded NRM.
Kabasharira was declared winner with 24,006 votes against Rukutana’s 23,966. Bob Karabayi got 2,266 votes, Nicholas Niwahereza 1,202 votes while Norman Kashereka got 346 votes.
“The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition while the suspects are in detention on charges of inciting violence, attempted murder by shooting and malicious damage,” Polly Namaye, the Deputy Police Spokesperson said.
In his statement on Monday, Museveni disclosed that Rukutuna will be prosecuted for the offences he committed.
“The cheating in the NRM Primaries is over. Those who beat People, like in Bukono, are all in jail or on the run. Minister Rukutana is in jail and will be prosecuted. They will be fully accountable with robust charges: assault, attempted murder, murder etc,” The President said.
According to the president, the NRM members he described as “shallow crooks” still think they can bribe, intimidate, assault or alter results of the obvious that was witnessed by hundreds by lining up.
“This is an incredible shallowness,” he added.
In a video that made rounds on social media over the weekend, Rukutana is seen picking an AK47 rifle from his police guard and advancing towards a car occupied by unidentified people.