Four senior government officials in Uganda are facing five years in jail for raising food prices in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, head of the anti-corruption authority, said the arrests came “following reports that they rejected prequalified suppliers who were offering lower prices for maize and beans”.

Instead, they awarded contracts to suppliers offering inflated prices.

“The inflated figure caused government a loss in excess of $528,000 in the first phase alone representing 5% of the total procurement,” he said.

The officials include the Permanent Secretary Christine Guwatudde Kintu, accounting officer Joel Wanjala,

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