The embattled Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Mary Goretti Kitutu, has been granted a UGX 10 million cash bail and UGX 200 million non-cash bail for the sureties by the Anti-Corruption Court sitting in Kololo, Kampala.
Her brother, Michael Naboya, also granted bail with UGX 3 million cash and UGX 100 million non-cash sureties.
The 61-year-old politician, who is also the Manafwa district Woman MP, is charged with the loss of public property, corruption, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy to defraud.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) states that between June 2022 and January 2023 at the Office of the Prime Minister’s stores in Namanve, the minister and her patterners in crime caused loss of public property in form of 14,500 iron sheets by diverting them from the intended purpose of benefiting the Karamoja Community Empowerment Program to their own benefit, knowing that such acts would result into loss of public property.about:blank
Chief Magistrate Joan Aciro at two previous hearings, declined to release her on grounds that some of the sureties she had proposed did not meet the court’s criteria, among other reasons.
“The sureties cannot compel the accused person to attend trial when need arises,” she ruled, much to the disappointment of the defence team. The magistrate advised the lawyers to present other people to stand surety for Kitutu which they did perfectly today thus her release.
Kitutu is jointly charged with her young brother, Naboya Kitutu, 52, a peasant at Situmi village, Situmi parish, Bukhawekha sub-county in Namisindwa district, and Abaho Joshua, the senior assistant secretary – Ministry of Karamoja Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister.
Naboya is accused of receiving stolen property while Abaho of corruption.