By Norman Mwambazi
Ugandans Last week witnessed the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party hold primary elections around the country.
The public also witnessed the same elections being marred with violence, voter bribery, intimidation, assault among others, which left over nine people dead.
One incident that stood out is where Minister of State for Labour and Industrial Development Mwesigwa Rukutana lost to Naome Kabasharira and later grabbed a gun from one of his bodyguards before he shot two people who were rushed to hospital in critical condition.
Rukutana and his three escorts were arrested later and have been in detention since Saturday.
On Monday morning, President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the Chairman of NRM, used his social media platforms to highlight what happened during the elections, and said such violence, bribery, and rigging will not be tolerated and that in the same vein, Rukutana will be prosecuted in the courts of law.
“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.,” part of Museveni’s thread on Twitter reads.
He added, “Those who altered results will go to jail on forgery, fraud, subversion etc and their forgeries will not stand. We do not even have to repeat the elections, except where they were not held. We simply need to audit what happened in each village…”
It has been reported that the violence that ensued last week left over 100 people with serious injuries and property worth millions of shillings destroyed.