Uganda’s junior finance minister accused with corruption

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On Monday, the deputy finance minister of Uganda was detained and charged with corruption in connection with a scandal involving the seizure of government-owned roofing materials.

Roofing sheets intended for a relief program in the unrest-stricken northeastern Karamoja region, which is bordered by Kenya and South Sudan and inhabited by pastoral nomads, have reportedly been taken and diverted.

Amos Lugoloobi, who has been detained since last Friday, has been charged with “dealing with suspect property” in a court in Kampala.

He pleaded not guilty and was remanded until Thursday’s hearing on his bail application.

Lugoloobi was the second minister to confront accusations. According to reports, several other high-ranking officials, including ministers, are also being investigated by police.

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