According to the prison administration, Ms. Mary Gorreti Kitutu, the Minister for Karamoja Affairs, is not receiving special treatment there.
After appearing before the Kololo-based Anti-Corruption Court on April 6 on allegations of causing loss of public property and conspiracy to defraud in connection with the iron sheets affair, the minister and her brother Micheal Naboya Kitutu were detained to Luzira prison.
According to Mr. Frank Baine, the spokesperson for Prisons, Ms. Kitutu is not getting special care, as has been speculated. Speaking to the media in Kampala on Tuesday, Mr. Baine claimed that rumors had started to circulate that the minister had received special care while at Luzira and had even begun a hunger strike.
“The minister and her brother are being treated like any other inmates,” he said.
Mr. Baine remarked that the minister is acting appropriately and giving the staff at prison valuable input.
The Kitutus were imprisoned for the Easter break after failing to obtain last-minute bail from the Anti-Corruption Court.
The two are charged with misusing iron sheets intended for the Karamoja Community Empowerment Program. Today’s hearing of their bail application is scheduled for when they return to court.