State Minister for Planning, Hon Amos Lugolobi has denied ever touching any Iron Sheets from Karamoja.
Lugolobi who is appearing before the Anyi-corruption Court pleaded not guilty to charges of alleged theft of Karamoja Iron sheets.
The Ag. Senior Principal Magistrate Grade One, Abert Asiimwe who presided over the Case slapped the minister with two counts of dealing with suspect property contrary to section 21(a) of the Anti-Corruption Act.
State Prosecution alleges that between July 14, 2022, and February 28, 2023, and February 1, 2023, and March 16, 2023, Minister Amos Lugoloobi dealt with government property including 700 pre-painted iron sheets having 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 about the charges, Lugoloobi denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to any of the charges. “Your worship I have heard and understood the charges but I am not guilty,” Lugoloobi said.
State prosecution led by Stanley Moses Baine asked the court for more time as inquiries into the matter are not yet complete.
As per the police statement, Minister Lugoloobi is the third person to be arrested in connection with the iron sheets scandal. However, it should be noted that Agnes Nandutu, who was scheduled to appear before the CID last Friday, did not attend as planned.
The Minister’s lawyer applied for his release on Bain and presented copies indicating his official occupation as a minister and Member of Parliament, as well as a photocopy of the accused’s certificate of title (block 261 plot 730 in Makindye division).
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