By Our Reporter
The Minister for Gender Mwesigwa Rukutana has been arrested together with his escorts over allegations of attempted murder after he was filmed shooting a his opponent Naome Kabasharira’s supporters during the National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries on Friday.
According to ACP Polly Namaye, the deputy police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Rukutana was arrested by the police in Ntungamo on Saturday afternoon, to record a statement over allegations that he shot and people who were traveling in a vehicle Rav4 registration number UAQ 840X.
ACP Namaye issued a statement about the matter stating thus; “Police in Ntungamo has this afternoon arrested and detained Hon.Rukutana together with his 3 escorts following a shooting incident in Rushenyi, Ntungamo district in which one person was seriously injured and a motor vehicle damaged. 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.”
This website revealed earlier this afternoon that trouble started when Rukutana lost to Naome Kabasharira in the Ntungamo District, Rushenyi County, National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries that were held on Friday September 4th, 2020.
Following his loss to Kabasharira, Rukutana and his bodyguards allegedly blocked a Rav4 vehicle registration number UAQ 840X, which had some of Kabasharira’s supporters among them Dan Rwaburingyi, a popular politician in Ntungamo District.
Following the blockage at Rubaare, in Ntungamo District, Rukutana grabbed an AK-47 rifle from his bodyguards and shot at the occupants in the vehicle, despite the fact that they had not wronged him in any way or threatened his life.
According to footage of a video that has since gone viral on social media, Rukutana was filmed grabbing a gun from his police and army bodyguards, before he shot at Rwaburingyi, who was in the Rav4 vehicle together with others. He shot through the back and the sides of the car, smashing all its windows.
We have learnt that the NRM primaries Elections in Ntungamo District, Rushenyi County have since been postponed.
The NRM Electoral Commission Registrar, Maria Mirembe Baitwa decided to postpone the elections and said a new date for polls would be communicated.
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