SQUEAKY BUM TIME: Security tight at CID headquarters as Minister and MP's record on Karamoja Iron sheets theft.

Security was tight at the police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) headquarters in Kibuli, Kampa-la, on Tuesday 30th March 2023 as suspects, including ministers, recorded statements in regard to the Karamoja relief items  (iron sheets and Goats) scan-dal. 

The officials, who were chauffeured into the CID offices in private cars, reportedly recorded state-ments on allegations of diverting the iron sheets, Goats and other relief items meant for Karamoja Sub-region to personal use.

According to a source, who preferred anonymity in order to speak freely, two top ministers recorded their statements after technical staff from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and some Members of Parliament.

The two ministers reported to CID at various intervals and were reportedly quizzed for four hours by the CID deputy director in-charge of economic crimes, Commissioner of Police (CP) Beata Chelimo.

The police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, told journalists on Monday that they would conclude investigations into the iron sheets saga this week and submit the files to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for sanctioning next week.

At CID Kibuli, police set up two checkpoints, with officers thoroughly checking whoever accessed the premises.

A police officer at one of the checkpoints, who preferred anonymity in order to speak freely, told our reporter that the security enhancement at the premises was meant to offer protection to the officials named in the scandal.

“We have instructions not to allow any media personnel in the premises of CID for as long as the investigations are ongoing,” he said.

He added that the ministers and MPs were asked to report to CID in private vehicles.

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