NTUNGAMO – The State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana has spent the weekend in detention at Mbarara police following a shooting incident in Ntungamo, in which a supporter of an opponent was injured.
Mr. Rukutana was arrested on Saturday afternoon from his Rushenyi home with deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye saying the minister, and three of his bodyguards would face attempted murder charges, among others.
Mr Rukutana was arrested after the incident which left Mr Dan Rwiburingi with serious head injuries as he tussled for the NRM flag for Rushenyi County against veteran politician Naome Kabasharira.
The Minister who now says he never released bullets on the victims as earlier reported has since lost the election too, as he cools in police jail.
It is understood that the minister will be produced in court on Monday, September 7 and charged alongside his bodyguards for inciting violence, attempted murder by shooting and malicious damage, Ms Namaye said on Saturday afternoon.
Despited his denials, Mr. Rukutana was on Saturday morning pictured in the ugly shooting incident, seizing a rifle from a bodyguard and threatening to shoot.
Mr. Dan Rwiburingi, the victim is now nursing head injuries after a bullet reportedly lodged in his head. He was evacuated for medication in Mbarara, and was to be transported to Kampala for further medical attention.