The State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana has been granted
bail. Rutukana is battling charges of attempted murder, assault, malicious
damage and threatening violence.
Rukutana was arrested with three of his bodyguards from his home in Kagugu in
Rushenyi on the 4th of September and subsequently appeared in court on 7th September
and remanded to Kitalya prisons in Wakiso. According to police, Rukutana
and his guards shot at a vehicle belonging to a supporter of his rival Naome
Kabasharira injuring one of the occupants, Dan Rwibirungi.
On Tuesday, Rukutana was granted cash bail of Shillings 4 million by Chief
Magistrate, Chief Ntungamo Sarah Kolya Mponye.
His four sureties were asked to execute a non cash bond of 50 Million
Shillings. They are Jim Muhwezi, Robert
Kabonero, Michael Mawanda, and Haji Ali Mutebi. Rukutana was also asked to
deposit his passport with the court.
Rukutana appeared before the Chief Magistrate, via ZOOM Conferencing
In the application, the lawyers argued that Rukutana had a right to bail since the offences are bailable. The lawyers also argued
that Rukutana had a permanent place of aboard in Ntungamo district which is
under the jurisdiction of the Magistrates court.
However, the prosecution led by Eunice Baine had objected to the
bail application on grounds that the offence was grave and the accused may
interfere with the investigations and witnesses because he is a minister and
the investigations were still going on.
Kolya, however, overruled the prosecution and granted bail to
Rukutana. She adjourned the case to 3rd November when the case will up for
However, Rukutana’s co-accused who are also his bodyguards are still in detention. They are
Egec Paul, Kozala Faizal and Okello John Bosco.
Last week during the
swearing-in of the new Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo,
President Museveni affirmed his stand against granting bail to suspects of
capital offences, such as murder, rape, defilement and assault, saying it makes
people lose interest in the judicial system.