Hon Amos Lugolobi, the State Minister for Planning, Mr. Amos Lugoloobi will appear before the Anti-Corruption Court today Monday, April 17.
Logolobi is among the 21 Ministers who reportedly diverted iron sheets meant for the Karamoja people for his own benefit.
He was arrested last Friday shortly after handing over 300 iron sheets to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) stores in Namanve, Mukono district.
The Minister spend the entire weekend at Kira Division Police in Wakiso Municipality and is today expected to be arraigned before the court where state prosecution will read the charges he faces.
Lugoloobi in February this year admitted that he received up to 600 iron sheets and said he had used some of the G28 corrugated pre-painted iron sheets to roof a shed for his goats on his farm located in Misanga Village, Bbaale Sub-county in Kayunga District.
“I have realized 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,” Mr. Lugoloobi said last month after ordering workers to pluck off the sheets.
Minister Lugoloobi’s farm which he roofed with some iron sheets located in Misanga Village, Bbaale Sub-county in Kayunga District.
Lugoloobi questioned why he was being pilloried and turned into media fodder when many government executives also picked the roofing materials.
“How much are the 600 iron sheets I received? This is too little money because I have been donating iron sheets, which I have been buying using my personal money to schools, churches, mosques, and other community projects,” he said then, adding; “I have removed them (the iron sheets) and now let me walk in peace because some people who don’t like me have misinterpreted this whole matter.”
Lugoloobi is the second minister and government official to be arrested and charged after pilot minister in the Karamoja Iron Sheets Scandal Dr. Mary Goretti Kitutu who last week got released on bail after spending over 7 days on remand on two charges of corruption and one count of conspiracy to defraud the government in her role as minister.
President Museveni recently in a letter addressing Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja called upon the line agencies to swing into action and arrest those culpable for the swindling of the relief items.
The President also directed the officials who took iron sheets to refund them in an equivalent monetary value, while those found guilty of using them for personal gain will face political action.
The diverted iron sheets were part of relief material that the government procured through the OPM for vulnerable populations in Karamoja, Teso, Northern Uganda, Luweero Triangle, and Bunyoro sub-regions.
The scandal caused significant public outcry across the country where government corruption is endemic.