Murder charges against Minister Rukutana dismissed
Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana was found not guilty of any murder charges. FILE PHOTO

The Ntungamo Magistrates Court acquitted State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana of his earlier murder charges stemming from an incident during the NRM primaries.

Mwesigwa Rukutana, the State Minister for Labour has been acquitted of all prior murder charges in connection with the shooting incident that occurred during the NRM primaries leading up to the January general elections.

During the NRM primaries last year, Rukutana was arrested and detained after he allegedly shot and injured Daniel Rweiburingi and also damaged a motor vehicle in a brawl related to violence during the NRM primaries.

Rukutana has since been arraigned in court with charges of attempted murder, assault, malicious property damage, and threatening violence among others.

The Ntungamo magistrates court on Friday however, ruled that prosecutors had failed to clarify any allegations imposed on the labour minister.

In a statement, the acting Chief Magistrate Gordon Tumuhimbise ruled that there is no evidence to justify that the accused appeared at this scene and in the light of the grave inconsistencies and contradictions in the prosecution evidence.

“From the evidence, it is very clear that at the second scene the victims were attacked by unidentified occupants of a minibus. There is no cogent evidence whatsoever showing that the accused appeared at this scene and in the light of the grave inconsistencies and contradictions in the prosecution evidence, this court finds the evidence of the witnesses a mere fabrication,” Tumuhimbise ruled.

“From the above, I find that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove all the ingredients of the offence of attempted murder against the accused beyond reasonable doubt and the accused should be acquitted of that offence.”

Meanwhile, among other charges, Rukutana was also accused of malicious damage of a motor vehicle, Toyota Rav4, registration number UAQ 840X during the voting scandal.

Responding to this, however, the magistrate disclosed that in his defence, Rukutana said the damaged vehicle belonged to another person, and not Moses Muhumuza who had been presented as a witness.

Murder charges against Minister Rukutana dismissed
Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana was found not guilty of any murder charges. FILE PHOTO

As a result, the magistrate said she finds the evidence adduced by the prosecution against the accused on all the seven counts full of concoctions, falsehoods filled with grave inconsistencies.

“On the whole, I find the evidence adduced by the prosecution against the accused on all the seven counts full of concoctions, falsehoods and grave inconsistencies. It is full of nothing but naked lies that no reasonable tribunal or court can convict basis on it,” the magistrate said.

“In the circumstances, I find that the prosecution has not proved any of these charges against the accused beyond reasonable doubt as required by law. I, therefore, find the accused not guilty of all the charges and I do hereby acquit him on all the seven counts.”