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Minister Rukutana Acquitted of Murder and Assault Charges

Labour Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana speaking to the press (File Photo)

NTUNGAMO DISTRICT: Court in Ntungamo District has acquitted Labour Minister Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana of seven cases in including attempted murder which he has been battling. Others are Malicious Damage, Assault, and four counts of threatening violence.

Rukutana was accused of shooting at one of his former opponent’s agents at Kagugu, Rubaare Sub County in the election violence that marred the Rushenyi county NRM primary elections on 5th September 2020.

In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate Gordon Muhimbise acquitted Rukuitana of all seven counts citing that the evidence produced by the prosecution against Minister Rukutana on the all seven counts was full of concoctions, falsehood and grave inconsistencies.

His Muhimbise further noted that “no reasonable tribunal or court could convict any one basing on such evidence” because it was greatly discredited during cross examinations.

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Following the acquittal, Rukutana’s lawyers led by Caleb Alaka, Evans Ochieng and Owen Murangira noted that they are preparing to sue the Attorney general to pay for the false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

On his part, Rukutana praised God for the judgment saying that the complainants thought that court was like a campaign rally where they can go and lie.

Minister Rukutana said that his political rivals whom he called schemers who falsely testified in court were like the builders of Tower of Babylon who wanted to reach God but they failed in the way because of their ill intentions.

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