Witness Reveals Minister Lugoloobi’s Role in Iron Sheets Controversy

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witness reveals minister lugoloobis role in iron sheets controversy
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Finance state minister Amos Lugoloobi is currently facing charges related to dealing with suspect property, as outlined in Section 21A of the Anti-Corruption Act. The accusations stem from the alleged mishandling of 600 iron sheets intended for the Karamoja sub-region. The case, currently before the Anti-Corruption Court, took an intriguing turn as a senior inventory management officer from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) testified.

Fredrick Kalema, the witness, revealed that Minister Lugoloobi, under the directive of President Yoweri Museveni, returned the iron sheets to the OPM stores in Namanve, Mukono district. According to Kalema, other high-ranking officials, including Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, defence state minister Jacob Oboth Oboth, third Deputy Prime Minister Rukia Nakadama, Karamoja affairs minister Mary Goretti Kitutu, and finance minister Matia Kasaija, also followed Museveni’s orders in returning the iron sheets.

Lugoloobi, who is also the Ntenjeru North MP, allegedly received two batches of 300 iron sheets each. The first consignment, under voucher number 8058, was received on July 15, 2022, while the second batch arrived on February 1, 2023, under voucher number 8527.



The charges against Lugoloobi include dealing with suspect property between July 14, 2022, and February 28, 2023, at OPM stores in Namanve, Matugga in Wakiso district, and Ntenjeru North Constituency in Kayunga district. The first count specifies the handling of 300 pre-painted iron sheets marked “Office of the Prime Minister,” allegedly acquired due to the loss of public property, an offense under Section 10 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act.

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The second count focuses on the period between February 1, 2023, and March 16, 2023, where Lugoloobi is accused of dealing with suspect property, again involving 300 pre-painted iron sheets. The prosecution contends that Lugoloobi had reason to believe that these iron sheets were obtained as a result of the public loss of property.

Kalema, the key witness, disclosed that out of the 9,000 iron sheets released, only 1,000 were sent to the intended destination of Karamoja, while the remainder was distributed to various dignitaries.

As the court proceedings unfold, these allegations carry significant weight, with the potential for a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment if Lugoloobi is convicted. The case is set to resume on Friday, with the details surrounding the handling of government property at the forefront of legal scrutiny.





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