Attorney Rukutana: I have owned a gun for 20 years

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Mwesigwa Rukutana, the deputy attorney general was spotted of recent grazing his cattle with a riffle AK-47 responded to critics yesterday. “I have owned a gun for over 20 years. “

By Ugandan constitution, the Firearms Act 1970 gives the chief licensing officer and the minister in charge of the police broad discretion to determine who to grant a license.

According to Daily Monitor, “That picture is about four years old, someone hacked it from my Facebook account,” Mr Rukutana said from The Hague, in The Netherlands, where he is attending a meeting on the prohibition of chemical weapons.

“I had just returned from Kyankwanzi and I was moving with the gun in the evening around my farm in Ntungamo. I have lawfully possessed that gun since there was an attempt on my life during the [Constituent Assembly] campaigns [in 1994]. In that attempt, one driver of a minibus called Lutwa was mistakenly killed, the killers thinking it was me.”

Minister’s reaction came after many criticisms over his act going viral on social media mostly facebook.

Amos Kasibante a popular blogger posted on 18th November caution Rukutana whether he becomes a symbol of NRA/M revlovution.

“Does he become a symbol of the NRA/M revolution, of the “Peace Ushered in by the NRM” which is only maintained if everyone learns how to use the AK-47 and probably carries one as they go about their daily pursuits?”

“Can’t he hire an armed guard or seek for the services of the police who can provide him with security as he goes about his public and private life?

Did he think that there are cattle thieves lurking in the area and therefore he had to send a warning that if they are caught trespassing, they might as well be shot?.” He added.

The Firearms Act 1970 gives the chief licensing officer and the minister in charge of the police broad discretion to determine who to grant a license. The law, however, limits licenses for automatic or rapid-fire weapons to “a person in the service of the Government in his or her capacity as such, or a person authorised in that behalf by the Minister, to sell, transfer, purchase, acquire or have in his or her possession…”

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