Matia Kasaija, the minister of finance has hinted on resigning over the Karamoja iron sheets saga.
It is said that the minister received 300 pieces of iron sheets that until today claims were unsolicited for on his side.
This website understands that the minister first hinted about resigning on Wednesday.
It is also understood that in what seems to be his last throw of the dice, the minister took all Thursday engaged in negotiations with the Prime Minister, who is also leader of government business before reaching out to President Museveni.
Another source has confirmed to this website that Kasaija was part of a meeting of other government officials together with Museveni at Nakasero State House.
It is said that shortly after the meeting, the minister side-bared the president and according to the source, the outcome of the meeting was “not pleasing” to Kasaija as Museveni insisted on him walking out of cabinet while he still has chance.
It is not yet clear whether the proposal for resignation was made by President Museveni or initiated by Kasaija himself, but those close to the ever-confident minister say he has been like deflated balloon over the last few days, specifically worried his days are nigh.
Kasaijja’s name has been coming closer up the list as fellow ministers got their dose of jail recently, and a source in police pricy to the matter told this that he was meant to be picked the same day Lugoloobi was netted.
This website also understands that Kasaijja continued to play brave, sticking to his script that the iron sheets made their way to his home unbeckoned, and became a fixture in his store while he went about government duty unaware of their addition to his belongings.
Even when summoned by the parliamentary committee on presidential affairs which was investigating the matter, Kasaija insisted he has never solicited for the iron sheets and that incessant pleas from the distributor and fellow Minister Mary Goretti Kitutu left him without a single option but to accept the advance of 300 iron sheets, nonetheless, he was not aware of how they got to him.
It took the president’s stand in cabinet and consequent decree through the Prime Minister for Kasaijja to understand that the matter would not be a talk-your-way-through situation, which later prompted him to deliver the iron sheets back to the OPM, albeit less by two.