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Kazinda gets another 5 year jail sentence in OPM case

FILE PHOTO: Kazinda convicted. PHOTO VIA @bamulanzeki

Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Court has for a second time handed a 5-year jail sentence to  the former Principle Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)  Geoffrey Kazinda.

This after finding him guilty of conspiring with three others to  defraud government of sh316 million worth of fuel drawn by non-existent OPM vehicles that were meant to carry relief to disaster victims.

This is the second time Kazinda is convicted by the Anti-Corruption Court the first one being In June 2013 (see full court proceeding bottom) when he was found guilty of forging the then Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana’s signature and was sentenced to five years which he has since completed.

Kazinda still has a pending case file for trial where he is jointly charged with officials of the Finance Ministry for allegedly misappropriating sh21 billion from the NRDP funds meant to rehabilitate the war torn Northern Uganda.

Co-accused get fines ranging from sh10m to sh50m

Justice Lawrence Gidudu on Wednesday sentenced Kanzinda’s co-accused persons to fines ranging from sh10 to 50 million reasoning that they jumped on the theft bandwagon after their master planner Kazinda had crafted the plot.

Beatrice Keezabu  a clerk from the OPM will pay sh50 million after the  judge found out that she  facilitated the said theft by entering false enteries in Fuel Order Forms well knowing that no fuel had been drawn .

Other convicts Shamim Masembe had Hussein Katumwa will have to pay sh10m  each  for helping Kazinda realise the fruits of his crimes as they let their fuel station, former Caltex  Ntinda, to be used as the conduit of the theft.

The judge however ordered that if Keezabu, Masembe and Katumwa fail to pay their respective fines, each serves a one year imprisonment term at Luzira prison.

The four convicts have also been ordered to  refund to government the stolen sh316 million shillings on top of not being employed in public service for a period of  ten years.

 

RULING in 2013 case

Ant-Corruption Court 2013 ruling in Kazinda Case by The Independent Magazine on Scribd

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