Mary Gorreti Kitutu, the Minister for Karamoja Affairs, gets no special consideration at Luzira, according to prison officials.
The minister and her brother were remanded to Luzira prison on April 6 after appearing before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo on allegations of causing loss of public property and conspiracy to defraud related to the iron sheets scandal.
Mr Frank Baine, the Prisons’ spokesperson, stated that Ms Kitutu is not receiving VIP treatment, contrary to rumours.
Mr Baine stated while speaking to the media in Kampala on Tuesday that people had begun circulating propaganda that the minister had received VIP treatment while at Luzira and had also begun a hunger strike.
“The minister and her brother are being treated like any other inmates,” he stated.
Mr Baine observed that the minister is behaving well and positively responding to prison management. The Kitutus spent Easter in prison because they were unable to secure bail from the Anti-Corruption Court in time.
The pair is accused of diverting iron sheets that were intended for the Karamoja Community Empowerment Programme. The hearing on their probe application is scheduled for today.