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Kazinda Faces Life in Jail

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Wagona told court on Monday, July 21 that new evidence has been gathered convicting Kazinda together with other three of the 69 new charges despite the first accounts of diverting of public resources, abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud.


In the new charges, Kazinda is believed to have misappropriated more than Shs5.4b meant for post-war reconstruction in northern Uganda and Karamoja sub-regions under the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP).


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.

price http://cleanenergybiofuels.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table.php "sans-serif";”>The demand for these huge sums of money comes hardly two months after the finance minister Maria kiwanuka announced that tourism sector will only be given Shs 6bn in this financial year 2014/15.

Speaking to journalists at parliament after meeting the Trade and Tourism Committee the public relations officer Uganda Tourism Board Edwin Muzahura said despite Uganda’s tourism potentials across the country, its biggest challenge has always been in terms of promoting it abroad for better market and opportunities.

Muzahura called on government to increase investment in publicizing the sector and construction of more advanced infrastructures that could be used by both local and international tourists.

“Our system in terms of tourism relating to the Air transport facilities are still low compared to other African countries,” he noted.


Muzahura cited an mediate example of the Air Uganda services which were put on hold saying this has paralyzed the tourism sector so much.


“In the past 3 budgets the tourism sector in Uganda has been getting not more than Shs2bn yet it’s believed that tourism is one of the foreign exchange to the economy of Uganda.”


In the East African region Uganda invests the least sum of money in tourism; Rwanda invests over $15M, Kenya invests over $30M annually and Tanzania the same.


The chairperson of Parliamentary Committee on Trade and Tourism Hon Flavia Kabahenda said its high time government increased the funding in tourism sector because this is the only sector which does not require a lot of capital investment since majority of tourists attractions are gifted by nature.


‘If government fails to put more funding in this sector it means it’s not interested in earning more foreign currency ‘ Kabahenda added.


Shadow minister for tourism Hon. Kevin Taaka said it’s not about increasing the funding, but putting the available resources into good use.


“If the entire funds meant for tourism sector were put to good use at least Uganda would be better than it is today, but the biggest challenge is corruption in which almost half way of the money meant for this sector is embezzled.”

page http://dbkschool.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader-skin.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Kazinda, illness who is serving a five-year jail sentence for diversion of public resources, stuff abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud, appeared before the Anti Corruption Court Justice Margaret Tibulya before denying the fresh charges.


Prosecution led by Senior Principal State Attorney Vincent Wagona told court that Kazinda forged security papers to criminally withdraw money from public coffers for personal use, abused his office and caused government a financial loss of shs14bn.


Kazinda is charged alongside Wilbert Okello (principal system analyst), David Mugisha (senior economist) and Bright Atwine (senior account) who are thought to have been accomplices in the plunder of public funds at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).


The abused funds were earmarked for the reconstruction of the war-torn northern region.


Wagona told court that security papers used by Kazinda to transfer billions of shillings from the PRDP account in Bank of Uganda to Crisis Management Account, without the knowledge of the accounting officer had forged signatures of OPM Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana and genuine signatures of Kazinda.


Legal experts told Chimpreports that once convicted of all or the better part of the 69 counts of causing financial loss and abuse of office; Kazinda will spend the rest of his life at Luzira Prison.


The Penal Code Act provides that “Any person employed by the Government, a bank, a credit institution, an insurance company or public body, who in the performance of his or her duties, does any act or omits to do any act knowing or having reason to believe that such act or omission will cause financial loss to the Government, bank, credit institution, insurance company, public body or customer of a bank or credit institution commits the offence of causing financial loss and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than fourteen years.”


It also notes that, “A person who, being employed in a public body or a company in which the Government has shares, does or directs to be done an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interests of his or her employer or of any other person, in abuse of the authority of his or her office, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years.”


Prosecutors are also basing on another provision of the Penal Code to seize Kazinda’s multi-billion shilling properties including posh cars, luxurious buildings and other prime possessions.


The law provides that “Where a person is convicted of abuse of office, and the act constituting the offence was done for the purposes of gain, the court shall, in addition to any other penalty it may impose, order that anything received as a consequence of the act be forfeited to the Government.”


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On April 15, Kazinda appeared at the anti-corruption court where he is also 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.


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.


“We want Kazinda to be convicted on these charges so that the young generation can take note of the dangers of poking one’s nose into the public purse,” charged a senior official in the DPP’s office.


Donors suspended aid to government after it emerged that Kazinda and a clique of officials in the Finance Ministry, Bank of Uganda and OPM had connived to steal about shs50bn.


An independent expert in South Africa hired secretly by Bank of Uganda confirmed that security papers found in Kazinda’s possession had forged signatures of Bigirimana.

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