Museveni demands imprisonment for corrupt government officials

FILE PHOTO: Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni speaks during a Reuters interview at his farm in Kisozi settlement of Gomba district, in the Central Region of Uganda, January 16, 2022. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa/File Photo

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has called for corrupt government officials to be jailed after a government minister and her brother were charged with fraud and detained. The case is unusual because it targets top officials in the country.

Mary Goretti Kitutu, the minister responsible for the underdeveloped northwestern region of Karamoja and her brother were charged with “two counts” of causing “loss to the government” and “conspiracy to defraud” in relation to the theft of roofing sheets intended for low-cost housing in the region.

Opposition leader Bobi Wine accused Museveni’s government of far worse corruption, saying that the entire cabinet should be in jail. In 2007, two other government ministers, Jim Muhwezi and Mike Mukula, were accused of embezzling millions of dollars in aid.