Ministers in Karamoja iron sheets scandal not immune to prosecution - IGG
- Written by URN
Cabinet ministers fingered in the Karamoja iron sheets scandal have submitted their defense to the Inspectorate of Government as the office commences investigations.
A number of top government ministers and officials have admitted to irregularly benefiting from the iron sheets meant for vulnerable households in the Karamoja sub-region in northern Uganda.
Key on the list of beneficiaries includes; vice president Jessica Alupo, speaker Anita Among, prime minister Robinah Nabbanja, first deputy prime minister Rebecca Kadaga, Karamoja Affairs minister Goretti Kitutu, third deputy premier Rukia Nakadama, Finance minister Matia Kasaija and the state minister for Primary Education Moriku Kaducu.
The others are Finance state minister Amos Lugoloobi, government chief whip, Hamson Obua, junior Agriculture minister Bwino Kyagulaga, Karamoja state affairs minister Agnes Nandutu, and Central Youth MP Agnes Kirabo among others.
Several ministers and speaker Among have repeatedly publicly defended themselves, saying that they never sought the iron sheets but only got calls from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) asking them to pick their share. Among has since returned the 500 iron sheets, saying that she didn’t know that they were meant for poor people in Karamoja.
Despite this, the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Beti Olive Kamya has commenced investigations into the scandal, which has since generated outrage among several sections of Ugandans. According to Kamya, she has written to the implicated ministers to defend themselves within seven days explaining how they got and used the iron sheets from the OPM.
She says that the implicated officials have since complied and submitted their defense as part of the ongoing investigations into the matter. She, however, says that they decided to widen the investigations into all other relief items that were bought and distributed by OPM within the past two financial years.
Kamya reiterated that apart from President Yoweri Museveni, no other government official is immune from prosecution by her office as long as there is evidence of a crime. On Saturday while attending the inauguration of Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa as the Kadhi of Luwero district, prime minister Nabbanja said she donated her share of the iron sheets to people in Kakumiro.
She noted that the minister who diverted the iron sheets to other areas must answer and be held accountable. Recently, the police also revealed that it will summon the ministers to defend themselves in the scandal. The parliamentary presidential affairs committee has already interfaced with the implicated officials over the same. According to reports from the IGG, Uganda loses over Shs 10 trillion in corruption each financial year.
On the other hand the President is telling the IGG to back off soldiers, I think these soldiers are immune
After cutting off their fingers they must stay in their jobs to continue to pay back for their official shenanigans!