Mwesigwa Rukutana granted bail
Mwesigwa Rukutana granted bail. FILE PHOTO

Rukutana who has been at Kitalya Prison has been granted bail after his lawyers led by Owen Murangira on Tuesday handed in the request.

The State Minister for Labour, Mwesigwa Rukutana has been granted bail an Shs 4 million bail after spending 10 days in prison.

Rukutana who has been at Kitalya Prison since September 7, 2020, has been granted bail after his lawyers led by Owen Murangira on Tuesday handed in a bail request to the Ntungamo Magistrates Court.

He is facing charges related to attempted murder, assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence following an incident where he allegedly shot and injured a one Mr Rweiburingi during the NRM elections in Rushenyi, Ntungamo District last week.

The Ntungamo Magistrate’s Court presided over by Ms Sara Mponye Kolya on Tuesday granted an Shs4 million cash bail to Mr Rukutana and bonded each of his four sureties at a non-cash bail of Shs50 million.

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The four sureties include; former Minister for Information Rtd Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, Igara East MP Michael Mawanda, Rubaare businessman Hajji Ali Muteeba and Kampala businessman Mr Robert Bob Kabonero.

“Basing on the cases here quoted, the fear by the state that the accused would interfere with investigations can’t override his civil liberties. All the offenses are personal in nature and the complainants are all from one village, the state has been given enough time to investigate. For me the sureties presented are all substantial,” Ms Kolya ruled. 

Mwesigwa Rukutana granted bail
Mwesigwa Rukutana granted bail. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, the court also ordered minister Rukutana to deposit his passport in court, and not come into contact or interact with the complainants until investigations are complete.

On September 7, Mr Rukutana appeared for the second time in Ntungamo court and applied for bail. However, the presiding Magistrate Ms Kolya could not grant it at the time and instead remanded him to Kitalya Prison in Wakiso District.

“We are now satisfied that he has been granted bail, we appreciate the terms of bail and we shall make sure he appears as per terms of sureties. We shall not appeal against the ruling on bail,” Mr Owen Mukangira, Mr Rukutana’s said after the court ruling. 

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Minister Rukutana was arrested on September 5 from his home in Ruyonza after allegedly shooting at a vehicle occupied by his opponents together with his three bodyguards who remain in prison waiting to appear before the institutional disciplinary courts. 

Rukutana’s case has been adjourned to November 3, 2020 however, his bail conditions indicate that he will be required to appear in court every time he is needed there.