Minister Rukutana charged with robbery


The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has charged Labour minister Mwesigwa Rukutana with aggravated robbery.

This is in response to the violent incident in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries in Ntungamo in September.

Daily Monitor reports that DPP Justice Jane Abodo amended the charge sheet in the case against Rukutuna.

The charge sheet was amended and the case file has been sent to court in Ntungamo where he is slated to appear.

The deputy DPP spokesperson, Irene Nakimbugwe, confirmed the new charges against Rukutana but declined to give further details.


Rukutana, a former deputy Attorney General, who is also the current MP for Rushenyi County, was earlier in September charged with attempted murder, assault, malicious damage to property and threatening violence following the incident during the NRM primaries in Rushenyi.

Rukutana is accused of shooting a supporter of Naome Kabasharira, his rival for the parliamentary seat.

He, however, denied the charges and was later released on bail.

The prosecution contends that Rukutana assaulted Kabasharira’s supporter, Julius Nuwamanya, and inflicted bodily harm.

He is also accused of damaging a vehicle belonging to one Moses Muhumuza.

The prosecution further contends that Rukutana and others still at large threatened violence against Muhumuza, Nuwamanya, Stuart Kamukama, and Rweiburingi.

Meanwhile, court issued criminal summons agaisnt him for failing to appear.



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