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Kazinda trial over illict wealth worth sh 4.6bn starts in October

By Edward Anyoli

Added 20th September 2016 10:27 AM

Kazinda, is currently in Luzira prison serving five years sentence after he was convicted in 2013 of abuse of office, forgery and being in unlawful possession of government stores.

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Kazinda, is currently in Luzira prison serving five years sentence after he was convicted in 2013 of abuse of office, forgery and being in unlawful possession of government stores.

Court has fixed for hearing the case in which former principal accountant in Prime Minister’s office (OPM) Geoffrey Kazinda is accused of illicit enrichment of sh4.6b.

Justice Margaret Tibulya of the Anti- Corruption Court in Kololo, Kampala, yesterday fixed the case for hearing in October after prosecutions said they were ready to present their evidence.

Kazinda, is currently in Luzira prison serving five years sentence after he was convicted in 2013 of abuse of office, forgery and being in unlawful possession of government stores.

Kazinda, 46, is alleged by the Inspectorate of Government (IGG) to have amassed wealth estimated at sh4.6b which is not commensurate with his known income as a civil servant.

The IGG said Kazinda’s known income for the period between 2009 and 2012 was established to be sh83.7m.

It is alleged that Kazinda maintained luxurious standard of living when he rented and occupied Constellation Suits at Nakasero and apartments at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala for a period of ten months at sh210m.

Kazinda is also accused by Inspectorate of being in possession of a house in Bukoto city suburb and land situated at Kyadondo Mengo West , Volume 213 , Folio 21, plot 2132 valued at sh3.1b

In another charge ,Kazinda is accused of being in possession of motor vehicles BMW, Mercedes Benz, Dodge Saloon car, Mercedes Benz ML Class estimated at sh769m.He denied the charges.

Other cases against Kazinda                              
Kazinda is facing other separate charges of embezzlement of sh316m before Justice Lawrence Gidudu at Anti- Corruption Court brought against him by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP)

Prosecution alleged that Kazinda, Beatrice Kezabu former assistant resettlement officer, Shamim Masembe businesswoman and Hussein Katumwa station manager of Total Service station Ntinda1, between June 2010 and February 2011 conspired to defraud office of the prime minister of sh316m.

Also in a separate case which is already fixed for hearing before Justice Tibulya of Anti- Corruption High Court, Kazinda is charged jointly with three former officials from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development over diverting public fund amounting to a sh20b.

Wilbert  Okello  principal  system analyst from ministry ,  David Mugisha  senior  economist  and  Bright Atwine , a  senior  accountant all former  officials  from  ministry of finance  were charged with diverting funds intended  for  the  Peace Recovery and Development  plan for  Northern  Uganda. They denied the charges.

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