Crime & Investigation

Prosecution to Amend Kazinda Charges


viagra 60mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Prosecution told the Anti Corruption Court on Friday it was in the process of amending the charges against Kazinda and therefore needed more time for preparations before the trial takes off.

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and geneva;”>The State further said the Director of Public Prosecution, Mike Chibita, who would sanction the amendments of the charges, is out of the country.

Court did not object to prosecution’s plea but cautioned against further delays.

On April 15, Kazinda appeared at the anti-corruption court where he is charged alongside Beatrice Kezabu, an assistant resettlement officer in OPM; Hussein Katumwa, manager of Total Ntinda 1 service station; and Shamim Masembe, the proprietor of the said station.

Prosecution alleges that the trio falsely made accountability for Shs316 million for the financial year 2019/11, which money was entrusted to them for procurement of fuel and lubricant for vehicles delivering relief food items to various areas.

Shs50bn was stolen during Geoffrey Kazinda’s reign at OPM

Kazinda was last year sentenced for 5 years after being convicted of abuse of office, 25 counts of forgery, making a document without authority and unlawful possession of government stores.

During Kazinda’s reign at OPM, at least shs50bn was plundered by a racket of officials at his office, Finance Ministry and Bank of Uganda.

It is said New Caltex Service Station Ntinda, a fuel station owned by Hussein Katumwa, Ahmed Masembe and Ibrahim Masembe had been supplying fuel to OPM since 2009.

Between 2010 and 2011, there was a fuel shortage and the fuel station was approached by OPM to supply fuel to the Department of Refugees and Disaster Management for purposes of delivering food to disaster prone areas in northern and eastern Uganda.

An investigative committee of Parliament found that there were no contractual dealings with OPM but fuel would be taken without a promise to pay.

The committee was concerned that the fuel station had dealings with a government department without a formal contract which tantamount to abuse of office.

The committee noted that the OPM withdrew 57,000 litres of fuel per day for 4 days at a cost of shs144m per day.

The committee further noted that the petrol station only had the capacity of only 22,000 litres.

The proprietor, Mr Katumwa, in his responses informed committee that he would receive signed vouchers from whoever came with them from OPM, make an invoice for payment at the end of every month and forward them to Owor.

Katumwa further acknowledged having received a payment of shs526m and the documentation forwarded to OPM commissioner Martin Owor. PAC established that this payment was made using a forged security paper.

Katumwa could not explain the fuel payment of shs576, 000,000. PAC noted that the drivers who were said to have received fuel from New Caltex, Ntinda disputed the fact.

PAC observed that the “procurement of the fuel station was irregularly executed between Owor and Katumwa and that payments amounting to shs6.8bn were not supported with consumptive documents, a sign that these funds could have been put to personal use.”

MPs resolved that officers involved be investigated, prosecuted with the view of recovering sums involved and the fuel station be probed in the role played in the fraud with the view of recovering the funds received for the fuel not supplied.


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