Minister Kitutu committed to High Court for trial

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Jane Frances Abodo has directed the trial of Karamoja Minister Mary Gorreth Kitutu before the High Court Anti-Corruption Division on charges relating to the alleged theft of Karamoja iron sheets.

The iron sheets were meant to benefit vulnerable communities in the Karamoja sub-region.

The committal papers sending Kitutu, her brother Micheal Naboya, and her personal secretary Joshua Abaho to the division’s High Court to await trial at the convenient session have been signed by Chief Magistrate, Joan Aciro.

Evidence contained in the committal papers shows that in 2021, a supplementary budget of Shillings 39.9 billion was approved to cater for the disarmament process and peace-building initiatives including buying goats and iron sheets for the reformed youths and other vulnerable groups in Karamoja.

That it was on June 8, 2022, when minister Kitutu’s Secretary, Joshua Abaho wrote a memo to the undersecretary in the Office of the Prime Minister for release of 10,000 pieces of iron sheets to be used at the official distribution launch in Moroto by the President but instead, only 1000 pieces were taken to Moroto, leaving a balance of 9000 iron sheets.

Kitutu and Abaho started distributing the remaining iron sheets to unintended beneficiaries including MPs, ministers, and their relatives.

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