NUP Condemns Selective Prosecution in Iron Sheets Scandal

National Unity Platform- NUP has asked the government to stop the selective approach to the law and ensure that all individuals implicated in the iron sheets scandal are prosecuted.

On Thursday, Minister for Karamoja Affairs Mary Gorreti Kitutu and her brother Michael Naboya appeared before the Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Joan Achiro and were remanded to jail for their respective roles in diverting 14,500 pre-painted iron sheets intended for the Karamoja Community Empowerment Program.

Kitutu was the first suspect to be charged despite other top government officials being implicated in the diversion of the iron sheets. 

Speaking at the NUP party Headquarters in Kamwokya on Thursday, David Lewis Rubongoya, the General Secretary said they condemn the failure by the state to prosecute other government officials implicated in corruption scandals. 

He added that Kittutu is now being used as a sacrifice while the other people implicated are left to go scot-free. 

Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP Spokesperson said that many other government officials have confessed that they took the iron sheets meant for Karamoja therefore all of them should be charged. 

However, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP)has revealed that more suspects will be arraigned before the Anti-Corruption court in relation to the diversion of iron sheets.

The spokesperson in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions-OPP Jacquelyn Okui, said more suspects will be arraigned in Court for their different roles in the diversion of the iron sheets.

“This is not selective prosecution. What has happened is that the case is being handled in Peace Meal. So this is just the first case file. There is a case file in respect of each suspect.  The case file will be submitted by the Police to the office of the DPP for consideration as and when they conclude the investigations”, Okui said.

Okui added that Kitutu’s mother was supposed to have been put on the same file with the Minister but in the interest of Justice, the DPP decided not to charge her because of her advanced age. She is about 86 years.

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