During the weekend, social media was all washed with news of the vocal minister’s involvement in electoral violence.
This Followed his defeat to Naome Kabasharira, Rukutana turned chaotic and in the scuffle, he grabbed a gun from one of his bodyguards and shot and injured one person who was rushed to hospital in critical condition whereas one vehicle was also destroyed.
The minister was on Saturday arrested together with his three bodyguards and are currently detained at Mbarara Central Police Station and according to police, the quartet faces charges related to inciting violence, attempted murder and malicious damage.
This has forced president Museveni to make a comment about the conduct of State Minister for Labour and Industrial Development Mwesigwa Rukutana during the NRM primaries on Friday.
In his latest missive, Museveni, who is also the NRM national chairman has said that the former deputy Attorney General must carry his cross, answer charges related to the violence he orchestrated after losing the election.
“The Minister Rukutana is in jail and will be prosecuted,” Museveni said.
Speaking in general about all forms of chaos exhibited during the party’s election to pick flagbearers in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, Museveni said those who orchestrated the same will face the wrath of the law.
“Those who beat people, like in Bukono, are all in jail or on the run. They will be fully accountable with robust charges; assault, attempted murder, murder etc. Those who altered results, will go to jail on forgery, fraud, subversion etc. and their forgeries will not stand,” he said.