The Tribunal of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) which is also the ruling Party has officially declared gun wielding man Hon Mwesigwa Rukutana who also doubles as the State Minister for Labor and Gender as the Party flag Bearer for Rushenyi County in Ntungamo District ahead of hot contested 2021 polls.
Hon Rukutana who is the incumbent Member of Parliament for Rushenyi County in Ntungamo first lost his seat, which he had held for last 30 years to his main rival Naome Kabasharira the former Woman Member of Parliament for Ntungamo District.
Hon Rukutana who challenged the results claiming there was vote rigging pulled out his SMG and shot at people injured them and their properties. He was later arrested and charged in courts of law and remanded to Kitalya prisons where he spent ten days.
While still on remand, his team petitioned to NRM EC Boss Dr Tanga Odoi claiming that the victory of jailed Rukutana was robbed in broad day light. Tanga Odoi set up a team to probe the rigging allegations.
When Rukutana was bailed out,Tanga Odoi cancelled the victory of Kabasharira and announced the Rukutana as the leading candidate and promised to announce the winner in two days.
However, the process took more than a week and there erupted chaos in Ntungamo District in areas of Rubare,Rwhai and Rwentobo where Kabasharira had massive support.
Tanga Odoi did not change his mind as he did it in the first round and went ahead and declared Rukutana as the final winner of the seat with a margin of only 20 votes. Kabashararira who had smelt fire also petitioned to NRM Tribunal to have Rukutana’s victory nullified.
However her appeal did not yield any fruit as NRM tribunal pinned her the last nail in the head and announced Rukutana as the final winner in NRM Primaries.
“On the whole, the tribunal finds that the respondent Mwesigwa Rukutana was validly elected as NRM Flag Bearer for the position of Member of Parliament for Rushenyi County,” reads part of the NRM Tribunal ruling. It further adds that petition for the petitioner fails.