Crime & Investigation

OPM Saga: Kazinda Off The Hook, Witness Faces Jail


pill geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Interestingly, the principle witness in the case, Shamim Masembe, has now turned suspect.

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Masembe, the proprietor and sole signatory to Total Fuel Station Ntinda accounts, appeared on Wednesday before the Anti-Corruption Division Court as a prosecution witness in the fraud case against Kazinda acknowledging that her company supplied fuel to OPM but denied having dealt with Kazinda himself.

“Mr Katumwa, the station manager informed me that we had received a letter from OPM requesting fuels supply something that we did but we have never dealt with Mr Kazinda as a person,” uttered Masembe in court.

After giving her testimony, the led prosecutor Paul Lakidi, asked court to amend the charge sheet requesting for the issuance of criminal summons against Masembe to answer charges of conspiring with her brother Mr Katumwa, Ms Kazabu and Mr Kazinda.

However, new charges of abuse of office, embezzlement, causing financial loss of over Shs 316m and diversion of public resources have been entered against Kazinda.

The trial Chief Magistrate Sarah Langa yet to decide on whether Kazinda should take plea or not on the new charges against him since Kazinda did not take plea against the charges after his lawyer Macdusman Kabega argued the charge sheet was defective.


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