ARRESTED: Minister Rukutana in shooting incident as Ntungamo NRM poll violence escalates: ARRESTED: Minister Rukutana in shooting incident as Ntungamo NRM poll violence escalates:
There was drama in Rushenyi county when State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana shoot at his rivals. The minister is not agreeing with the outcome of the NRM party primaries on Friday.
In a video making rounds on social media, Rukutana is seen picking an AK47 rifle from his police guard. And in the same clip he is advancing towards a car occupied by unidentified people.
The guard then quickly removes the magazine from the gun, preventing the minister from shooting people.
The incident followed unprecedented violence in Rubaare (the minister’s home town) where Rukutana is battling Naome Kabasharira in the Rushenyi NRM MP primaries.
And reports say, Minister Rukutana has been arrested by security forces. Deputy spokesperson Polly Namaye says the minister is under detention at Ntungamo police station, with three of his body guards and they face attempted murder charges, among others.
“The victim is in hospital in critical condition while the suspects are in detention on charges of inciting violence, malicious damage,” Ms Namaye confirms.
ARRESTED: Minister Rukutana in shooting incident as Ntungamo NRM poll violence escalates
Voting in some parts of Rushenyi, Ntungamo District, Western Uganda, are still on suspension over violence.
However, Rukutana defends himself saying that he was guarding himself from people with arms.
“These people were armed. They came to my farm and blocked my family members from leaving our home,” Rukutana notes.
“My guards went and urged them to leave but they refused. So I was trying to secure myself.”
But his rivals say he was bribing people at his home which they were raiding to collect evidence.
Mr. Rukutana who was by Friday night losing the vote count tally for Rushenyi constituency for which he is the incumbent MP. He is against strong challenger Naome Kabasharira former women MP Ntungamo.
And the information linked that the man shoot by the minister is dead.
However, information later emerged that the voter in question Mr. Dan Rwiburingi was not dead but nursing head injuries after a bullet lodged in his head. He was evacuated for medication. But he succumbed to bullet wounds according to sources.
Rukutana shot this man as he fought agents in the Ntungamo in Rushenyi County which he lost terribly to former Ntungamo district woman MP Naomi Kabasharira.
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