Ugandan President, Museveni Orders Prosecution of Minister Rukutana over Election Violence

Yoweri Museveni

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni  has on Monday directed that State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana who was arrested over a shooting incident in Ntungamo during the weekend, be prosecuted.

Museveni tweeted: “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 added.

The Minister of State for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana, was arrested on September 5 after a video that circulated on social media showed him grab a gun from a police officer, to attack his rivals.

Rukutana had just lost an election in the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries for legislators held the previous day.

The Minister and his three body guards are facing charges of inciting violence, attempted murder by shooting, and malicious damage of property, according to the police.

Museveni said all those who caused violence or engaged in some form of illegality would be arrested and prosecuted.

The primaries, which was marred by violence in some parts of the country, were held as different political parties in the country are preparing for the 2021 general elections in which President Museveni will be seeking reelection after 35years in office.

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