Police say they have arrested junior minister for labour Mwesigwa Rukutana for shooting at supporters and agents of his opponent Naomi Kabasharira in the heat of Rushenyi NRM primary election.
The shot has been identified as Dan Rweiburingi, an opposition politician who had backed Kabasharira.
A video shared online captured the moment Rukutana grabbed a gun from one of his guards to shoot at Dan Rweiburingi and his colleagues in a car.
Deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye has confirmed the arrest and detention of Rukutana.
“Police in Ntungamo has this afternoon arrested and detained Hon Rukutana together with his three escorts following a shooting incident in Ntungamo District in which one person was seriously injured and a motor vehicle damaged,” said Namaye in a statement issued on September 05.
“The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition while the suspects are in detention on charges of inciting violence, attempted murder by shooting and malicious damage.”
Rukutana is one of the ministers and NRM MPs that have lost in primaries held on September 05.