By Spy Uganda
It’s good news for the State Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Agnes Nandutu who has finally been granted bail after spending weeks behind Luzira prison bars.
The Anti Corruption Court Judge Jane Okuo Kajuga granted Nandutu dubbed Bududa District Woman MP a cash bail of Shs10 million after “crying” to Court to release her over her poor health.
Her sureties were bonded of Shs50 million each.
Meanwhile, court tasked her to deposit two land titles registered in her names, and her passport meaning she cannot travel outside without the court’s permission. Also court tasked Hon Nandala Mafabi who is among Nandutu sureties to deposit his land title suited at Namugongo.
Nandutu was charged with dealing with suspect property contrary to section 21A (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act,2009 (As Amended) before she was committed to High Court for trial.
Nandutu is suspected to be among those who shared 12,000 iron sheets which have landed more than one dozen ministers and government officials in hot water.
Initial investigations by police discovered that Nandutu received 1,000 iron sheets. She recently returned the sheets to government stores and went into hiding until she turned herself over to the police and was arrested.
Cabinet Minister for Karamoja Affairs Mary Kitutu was jailed April 6 in the same case. Then on April 17, Minister of State for Finance Planning Amos Lugoloobi was sent to prison for stealing iron sheets but all these political figures are out on bail.
Corruption is rampant in this East African country and unfortunately officials caught in major scandals rarely face criminal charges.