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‘Kazinda suffering from severe Depression’

By Ronald Musoke

The Murchison Bay Maximum Prison doctor, Alex Kakoraki has today confirmed that it is true that Geoffrey Kazinda, the embattled former principal accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister is not currently fit to stand trial at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala.

This too was confirmed by Frank Baine, the Senior Superintendent of Prisons who also doubles as the spokesperson of Prisons. Baine said Kazinda is in poor health and is admitted at Mulago Hospital with severe depression.

Kakoraki was summoned on Jan. 7 to appear in Court following Kazinda’s no-show for his scheduled court hearing of his forgery case.

After taking an oath, Kakoraki chronicled the events that have led to Kazinda being rendered unfit to stand trial.

He said, five days ago, Kazinda was found to have ‘a pattern of abnormal sleeping habits, coupled with incoherent speech’, further noting that all attempts to wake him up yielded nothing, and each time he tried to stand up, Kazinda would stagger.

Kazinda is facing charges of forgery and unlawful possession of government property for which he allegedly used to defraud the government of billions of shillings over a period of one and half years, starting Jan. 25, 2011.

Kakoraki said following thorough medical tests and analysis, he and his colleagues at Murchison Bay hospital came to a conclusion that Kazinda had severe depression since all the medical examinations returned negative results for malaria and increased blood sugar.

The doctor said the Prison hospital had further sought a second opinion from Mulago National Referral Hospital’s executive director on Jan. 7 who advised them to re-examine Kazinda both at Mulago and Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital.

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