State Minister for Finance, Amos Lugoloobi, has been arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court and charged with dealing in suspected stolen property related to Karamoja iron sheets.
KAMPALA, UGANDA | NOW THEN DIGITAL — State Minister for Finance, Amos Lugoloobi, has been charged with dealing in suspected stolen property in relation to Karamoja iron sheets.
He was arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court, which deals with high-profile corruption cases in Uganda.
Arrest and Charges
Lugoloobi was arrested on Friday and detained at Kira division police headquarters in Wakiso district. On Monday afternoon, he was charged with two counts of dealing with suspect property, contrary to section 21(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act, by acting Senior Principal Magistrate Grade One, Abert Asiimwe.
According to the prosecution, Lugoloobi, who is also the MP for Ntenjeru North constituency in Kayunga district, between July 14, 2022 and February 28, 2023, and February 1, 2023 and March 16, 2023, dealt with government property including 700 pre-painted iron sheets.
They allegedly had reason to believe that they were acquired as a result of loss of public property under section 10(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act.
When asked to comment on the charges, Lugoloobi denied any wrongdoing. “Your worship, I have heard and understood the charges but I am not guilty,” Lugoloobi said.
The state prosecutors, led by Stanley Moses Baine, told the court that inquiries into the matter are not yet complete and asked the court for more time.
The charges against Lugoloobi have raised concerns about corruption in government and the misuse of public property. The case has drawn significant attention and is being closely monitored by the public and anti-corruption activists.
Amos Lugoloobi, the State Minister for Finance, has been charged with dealing in suspected stolen property in connection to Karamoja iron sheets. Lugoloobi appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court for arraignment.
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