Ugandan Minister in hot soup over 1.5Bn

Man Jose Kayima 

Mary Gorreti Kitutu Kimono, the Minister of Karamoja Affairs, finds herself embroiled in yet another scandal. This time, it’s not about missing iron sheets, but about a hefty sum of sh1.5 billion that seems to have vanished into thin air under her watch.

The Anti-Corruption Court, led by the ever so serious Lady Justice Jane Okuo Kajuga, has given the Inspectorate of Government (IGG) the green light to go after Kitutu for allegedly mismanaging funds earmarked for peace building activities. Now, before you start scratching your head and wondering how one mismanages peace building money, let’s dive into the juicy details.

It all began when Kitutu was summoned by the Inspectorate of Government back in December 2023. They wanted to have a little chat about what happened to all that cash meant to bring peace and harmony to the Karamoja region. But instead of showing up and facing the music, Kitutu decided to play hooky. She conveniently ignored the summons, probably hoping the whole thing would blow over.

But as luck would have it, the long arm of the law caught up with her. A criminal summons was issued, and this time, Kitutu couldn’t dodge it. Her legal team, led by the formidable Jude Byamukama, tried to argue that she was already under the microscope for another case involving those annoying iron sheets we mentioned earlier. They claimed it was a case of double jeopardy, but the court wasn’t buying it.

The Inspectorate of Government, represented by the n -nonsense Beti Kamya, wasn’t about to let Kitutu off the hook that easily. They argued that these were two separate cases, each deserving its day in court. And you know what? The court agreed! Lady Justice Kajuga put her foot down and declared that the accusations of mismanaging funds were in no way connected to the iron sheet debacle.

But here’s where it gets interesting. Kitutu’s legal team wasn’t about to go down without a fight. They cried foul, citing concerns about the fairness of the investigative process. They even brought up some fancy case law to support their argument, but it was all for naught. Lady Justice Kajuga wasn’t having any of it. She basically told them, “Tough luck, guys!”

So, here we are, with Kitutu facing the music once again. Only this time, it’s not just about some missing iron sheets. It’s about a staggering sh1.5 billion that seems to have vanished into thin air.

And as the drama unfolds in the halls of the Anti-Corruption Court, one can’t help but wonder: Will justice be served, or will Kitutu wriggle her way out of yet another sticky situation?

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