Remanded Minister Rukutana’s Supporters Storm Streets, Demand His Immediate Release

Remanded Minister Rukutana’s Supporters Storm Streets, Demand His Immediate Release

By Mable Nakibuuka

Supporters of violent State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana, who was remanded to Kakyeka prison on Monday on seven counts including attempted murder, have Tuesday stormed the streets of Mbarara, demanding his immediate release.

The group of people who claimed to be Rukutana’s diehard supporters were seen on Tuesday morning holding processions throughout the streets in Mbarara municipality as they chanted ‘We want Rukutana now!’

Rukutana, who was arrested on Sunday for shooting at the supporters of his opponent Naome Kabasharira during the National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries on Friday, was remanded to Kakyeka Prison until September 15th, 2020 by the Ntungamo Grade One Magistrate Nasifah Namayanja

The Rushenyi County Member of Parliament, who is a former deputy attorney general was charged with seven offences including attempted murder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, threatening violence and malicious damage, among others.

Mwesigwa Rukutana shooting fracas

Several people including local politicians, Members of Parliament, his supporters and family members attended court with hope that Rukutana would be released on bail only to be disappointed.

Some of the notable politicians who attended court include the State Minister for Urban Planning Dr Chris Baryomunsi who is also Kinkizi East MP, former information Minister Jim Muhwezi, Suzan Muhwezi, Igara East MP Michael Mawanda and businessman Bob Kabonero, among others.

The minister and his three escorts were arrested on Saturday following a shooting incident in Ruhama, Ntungamo district in which one person was seriously injured and a motor vehicle damaged.

However, the three escorts did not appear in court and neither did anyone make mention of them, leaving many people wondering whether they had been exonerated or will be paraded in the UPDF General Court Martial.

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