Mwesigwa Rukutana, is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is former Deputy Attorney General of Uganda.
He was transferred from attorney general chambers to Minister of State for Labour and he is currently Rushenyi County Member of Parliament. He was appointed to the post of deputy Attorney General on 1 March 2015, replacing Fred Ruhindi, who was appointed Attorney General.
Prior to that, between 27 May 2011 and 1 March 2015, he served as the State Minister for Labor in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to this position on 27 May 2011. He replaced Emmanuel Otala, who was dropped from the Cabinet. Prior to that, he served as the State Minister for Higher Education, from 16 February 2009 until 27 May 2011.
He is also the elected Member of Parliament (MP) for “Rushenyi County”, Ntungamo District. He has continuously served in that capacity since 2001.
Rukutana was born in Ntungamo District on 15 November 1959. He attended Kigezi High School for his O-Level education. He transferred to Mbarara High School where he completed his A-Levelstudies. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest university, established in 1922. He also holds the Diploma in Law Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala, Uganda’s capital.
He served as the Registrar of Titles, in the Ministry of Lands, from 1986 until 1988. From 1984 until 1992, he served as a Lecturer in Law at the Law Development Center, in Kampala. In 1994, he was elected as a Delegate to the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Ugandan Constitution, serving in that capacity until 1995.
In 2001, he was elected to the Ugandan Parliament, to represent “Rushenyi County”, Ntungamo District. He was re-elected in 2006. In 2001, he was appointed Minister of State for Finance, serving in that capacity until 2006. In 2006, he was appointed Minister of State for Labor, serving in that capacity until 2009.
He was reassigned as State Minister for Education, Responsible for Higher Education, on 16 February 2009.
He belongs to the National Resistance Movement political party. His interests include farming, investing in real estate and in hotels & resorts. Mwesigwa Rukutana believes in polygamy and is married to 4 wives with 15 children, according to his interview with Daily Monitor, Uganda’s leading news paper, in 2010.