Iron Sheets Scandal: How Finance Minister Lugoloobi Was Arrested – Full Details

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The Minister of State for Finance (Planning) Amos Lugoloobi is said to be in detention following his reported arrest on Friday over relief iron sheets meant for the people of Karamoja.

Mr Lugoloobi is said to have been arrested on Friday evening and detained at Kira Division Police Station as he awaits to be produced in court on Monday.

He’s one of the ministers who received the iron sheets meant for Karamoja sub region.

He reportedly received 600 iron sheets said to be part of relief materials that the government procured through the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) for vulnerable people in Karamoja Sub-region.

Minister Lugoloobi in February this year admitted that he had used some of the G28 corrugated pre-painted iron sheets he received to roof a shed for his goats on his farm located in Misanga Village, Bbaale Sub-county in Kayunga District.

“I have realised that these iron sheets are evil and I no longer need them. Let me remove it so that I buy other iron sheets and re-roof my shed so that no one can lay claim that I owe them anything on my property,” he said after ordering workers to pluck off the sheets.

Amos Lugoloobi’s goats shed with OPM Branded Iron Sheets

His arrest on Friday happened just hours after he returned part of the said iron sheets he received to the Office the Prime Minister (OPM) stores in Namanve.

Karamoja Affairs Minister, Ms Mary Goretti Kitutu who’s accused of distributing the iron sheets to several ministers, MPs and her relatives was on Friday released on bail after spending eight days in custody.

Her younger brother, Michael Naboya Kitutu was also granted a cash bail of Shs3 million during the Friday court proceedings.

Her sureties were each bonded at Shs200 million, not cash, while her brother’s sureties were each bonded at Shs100 million, also not cash.

The sheets of corrugated iron roofing were earmarked for low-cost housing in Karamoja, an underdeveloped and restive region in northwest Uganda bordering Kenya and South Sudan.

The scandal caused significant public outcry across the country where government corruption is endemic.

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