Opposition: Kazinda Must Refund Stolen Money


dosage geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Kazinda was on Wednesday convicted on all 29 counts of forgery, abuse of office and illegal possession of government documents.

Nyabongo said Kazinda should be forced to return the tax payers’ money which should help to finance the budget for this financial year.

“We are struggling to finance the budget yet people like Kazinda who plundered OPM won’t be compelled to refund the money. This is outrageous,” said Kazinda.

Justice David Wangututsi’s ruling brought 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.

Western governments withheld aid over the widely-publicized scam. 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.


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