The State Minister for Finance and Planning who doubles as the Ntenjeru North Member of Parliament, Amos Lugoloobi has been denied bail and remanded to Luzira prison by the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo.
The minister on Monday denied charges of dealing in suspected stolen property in relation to the Karamoja iron sheets pleading not guilty to the charges.
He was arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court presided over by the Acting Senior Principal grade one magistrate Abert Asiimwe and denied the said offences.
Prosecution says that between the 14th day of July 2022 and 28th February 2023 at the office of the Prime Minister’s stores in Namanve in Mukono district, He dealt with government property- 400 pre-painted iron sheets marked Office of the Prime Minister having reason to believe that they were acquired as a result of loss of public property.
Minister Lugolobi has been remanded to Luzira prison until April 20, 2023, as court studies the party’s submissions presented for his bail application. The minister through his lawyers had applied for bail on grounds of ill health saying he is suffering from hypertension, Diabetes, and is fresh from a heart surgery which was conducted last year.
The minister also claims that during his arrest, he had just arrived from Agha Khan Hospital where is been receiving treatment for his illness.
Minister Lugolobi presented 7 sureties who among others include Mariam Naigaga, the Namutumba district woman MP, James Kakooza, the EALA MP, Dr. Kefa Kiwanuka, the Kiboga East Member of Parliament, among others.
The minister was on Friday arrested and detained at Kira Division Police. He becomes the second minister to be charged for involvement in the iron sheet scandal.