BY NTALE YOUNUS
Minister for Karamoja Affairs Mary Gorreti Kitutu has been denied bail by the Anti-Corruption Court.
court presided over by the Chief Magistrate Joan Aciro denied Kitutu bail on grounds of lack of substantive sureties.
The trial Magistrate noted that out of the four sureties she presented only one, MP Seth Wambede provided documents of his workplace and his source of income.
According to Aciro, the rest of the sureties presented by Kitutu did not meet the requirements such as presenting their bank statements or employment identity cards to demonstrate their capacity to pay the money in case the suspects abscond from the trial.
The sureties include her husband Michael Kitutu, African Union Diplomat Simon Mulongo, and family friend Joel Wandagwa.
Aciro advised the Minister to pursue her bail further by presenting substantive sureties.
Minister Kitutu together with her brother Michael Naboya were remanded to Luzira last week on allegations of diverting 14,500 pre-painted iron sheets intended for the Karamoja Community Empowerment Program.
The two are implicated alongside Joshua Abaho, the Senior Assistant Secretary Ministry of Karamoja Affairs Office of the Prime Minister who is yet to be charged in court.