Mbarara City MP Mwesigwa Rukaari Jailed over Shs 700m Debt
Mbarara City North MP MP Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari has been remanded to Luzira Prison over failure to pay a Shs 700m debt, Chimp Corps report.
This was after Rukaari appeared before the Commercial Division of Kampala High Court on Wednesday afternoon.
It is alleged that four years ago, Rukaari borrowed Shs 992m from Gerard Kalungi, the son of Kampala tycoon Godfrey Kirumira.
On December 17, 2022, court directed Rukaari to pay the debt by December 22, 2022 or face arrest.
The court order which compelled Rukaari to clear his debt obligations
He, however, paid Shs 300m, leaving a balance of Shs 700m.
This compelled the courts to remand Rukaari to Luzira prison.
“You hereby commanded to commit the said Mwesigwa R into civil prison and keep him therein for a period not exceeding 6 months until the said decree shall be fully satisfied or the said Mwesigwa R shall be otherwise entitled to be released according to the terms of provision section 43 of CPA,” the court order signed by the registrar this Wednesday afternoon reads in part.
The court order committing Rukaari to jail
Mwesigwa also doubles as a member of the ruling NRM Central Executive Committee representing entrepreneurs.