The State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana who was remanded to Kakiika Prison in Mbarara District on Monday is expected to return to court today.
Rukutana, who is also the Rushenyi County MP was on Monday afternoon arraigned before the Ntungamo grade one magistrate and several charges including attempted murder were read to him.
However, because the grade one magistrate had no jurisdiction over the attempted murder charge, he never pleaded to it and is expected to appear before the Chief Magistrate later today(Tuesday) to plead to the charge.
It is also expected that Rukutana will also apply for bail before the Chief Magistrates Court in Ntungamo.
The minister was arrested on Saturday together with his three bodyguards before being detained at Mbarara Central Police Station.
On Monday, he arraigned before the grade one magistrate’s court in Ntungamo but none of his bodyguards was brought to court, neither has anything been said of them.
“Mwesigwa Rukutana and others still at large on September 5, 2020 at Kagugu village in Ntungamo district unlawfully attempted to cause the death of Daniel Rweburingi contrary to section 204(a) of the Penal Code Act,” the magistrate read the charges.
He was also charged with assault and causing bodily harm onto one of his victims, threatening violence and malicious damage.
Rukutana’s charges stem from a Saturday shooting incident in Ruhama, Ntungamo district in which one person was seriously injured and a motor vehicle damaged.