The ministers connected 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, northern Uganda.
The beneficiaries of the iron sheets include; vice president Jessica Alupo, speaker Anita Among, prime minister Robinah Nabbanja, first deputy prime minister Rebecca Kadaga, Karamoja Affairs minister Goretti Kitutu, third deputy prime minister Rukia Nakadama, Finance minister Matia Kasaija, the state minister for Primary Education Moriku Kaducu, the 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 Kamya has commenced investigations into the matter, 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 said that the implicated officials have since complied and submitted their defense as part of the ongoing investigations into the matter. She, however, said 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 restated 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.
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