Kazinda Convicted


there geneva;”>Justice David Wangututsi’s Wednesday ruling brings to an end the trial of one of the wealthiest civil servants in a case where abuse of office and forgery saw government lose over shs50bn in fraudulent deals at the OPM.

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Wangututsi said there was no trace of anybody, apart from Kazinda, who could have brought government documents to a room where the latter’s mother was residing at the civil servant’s palatial mansion in Bukoto, Kampala.

The Judge said by the fact that it was only Kazinda working at the OPM, the documents were brought by him.

Court also wondered how sensitive computer-generated security papers of government could find their way inside the bedrooms of Kazinda’s mother and brother. He said the “documents were too important and insecure in bedrooms.”

Regarding forgery, Wangututsi said the documents were sent to experts to compare signatures of former OPM Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana who discovered that they were forged and different in character, fluency, pen lift and other features.

The Judge noted that civil servants are not allowed to keep government documents at their homes.

Earlier the court assessor had argued that Kazinda should be let free because “he has no case to answer.”

But State asked court to consider the case differently because Kazinda was in a sensitive position which he abused.

Prosecution further noted that Kazinda kept the documents at his home with the intention of stealing public finances.

State also prayed the accused should be taken out of the public “for some time and consider the custodian and maximum sentence.”

Kazinda’s lawyers asked for a lenient punishment because the convict is married and has several dependants.

They further noted that he had been on remand since October last year.

Kazinda asked court to help him secure documents seized by police, which he said belonged to her mother.

The Judge advised him to use lawyers to “work on the issue and file another case in court.”

Kazinda now faces seven years for abuse of office, three for forgery and seven for unlawful possession of government stores.

The sentence will be handed down to Kazinda on June 26.


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