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Minister Rukutana's Bail Hearing Set for September 15 :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Minister Rukutana's Bail Hearing Set for September 15

He presented four sureties; Former Rujumbura county Member of Parliament Jim Muhwezi, Michael Mawanda, the Igara East MP, prominent businessman Bob Kabonero and Ali Mutebi. However, presiding Chief Magistrate Sarah Kawalya Mponye said that the court needed more time to study the application and come up with a ruling.

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State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana has been remanded further pending the hearing of his bail application.

Rukutana was first remanded yesterday by the Grade one magistrate's court to Kyamugorani prisons in Mbarara City, moments after he was arraigned in the court to face charges of attempted murder,  assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence.

He was arrested with three of his bodyguards from his home in Ruyonza, Rubaare Sub County for allegedly shooting and injuring a person, in the aftermath of the National Resistance Movement party primaries, held on Friday. 

A video that has been circulating on social media shows Rukutana grabbing a gun from one of his bodyguards and shooting at a vehicle belonging to supporters of his political rival Naome Kabasharira.At the time of the incident, Rukutana had just lost the Rushenyi country NRM flag to Kabasharira.

The Prosecution alleged that on September 5, 2020, at Kagugu village in Ntungamo District, Rukutana and others still at large, assaulted Julius Niwamanya and threatened to kill or injure him together with three others; Stuart Kamukama, Dan Rwibirungi, and Moses Kamukama. It is also alleged that Rukutana also willfully and unlawfully damaged a motor vehicle registration number UAR 840X Toyota Rav 4 type which belongs to one Moses Muhumuza.

But because he could not take plea in the absence of a chief magistrate, Rukutana was sent to Kyamugorani Prison and ordered to report to the court today for a bail application. He applied for bail this morning through his lawyer Owen Murangira.

He presented four sureties; Former Rujumbura county Member of Parliament Jim Muhwezi, Michael Mawanda, the Igara East MP, prominent businessman Bob Kabonero and Ali Mutebi. However, presiding Chief Magistrate Sarah Kawalya Mponye said that the court needed more time to study the application and come up with a ruling.

He was remanded up to September 15, 2020.

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