The State Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Amos Lugoloobi, has been granted cash bail of 10 million Shillings by the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala. Lugoloobi is facing charges related to the alleged diversion of 700 pre-painted iron sheets that were meant for vulnerable people in Karamoja.
The court granted Lugoloobi bail following a successful application by his lawyers, who argued that their client, a Member of Parliament and Minister, had a fixed place of abode and presented substantial sureties, including other politicians and a former best man. They also cited Lugoloobi’s health issues, including heart disease and diabetes, and recent heart surgery.
The prosecution opposed the bail application, stating that inquiries in the case were in advanced stages and could be completed within a week. They also argued that Lugoloobi was an influential person who could interfere with the investigation and that the sureties presented questionable documents.
However, the court found no evidence to support these claims and granted bail on stringent terms, including surrendering his original land title and diplomatic passport and providing non-cash bail of 100 million Shillings from each surety.
The case has been adjourned to June 2nd, and Lugoloobi’s supporters, who had gathered at the court, expressed excitement upon hearing the news of his release on bail.