KAZINDA SCAM: Inside Mbabazi, Donors Meeting


medicine geneva; font-size: small;”>Mbabazi was chairing a meeting of Irish diplomats dispatched from Ireland last Friday to follow up on the Auditor General’s report that exposed loopholes exploited by thieving officials to plunder public funds.

try geneva; font-size: small;”>The meeting, held in Mbabazi’s boardroom, was attended by OPM officials including Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana, whose signatures were forged by Kazinda with the view to steal money from BoU.

The Auditor General said the donor funds were released in December from a holding Account managed by Accountant General at Bank of Uganda to Crisis Management and Recovery Account operated by Office of the Prime Minister without the knowledge of Bigirimana.

At least Shs14.8bn meant for support to PRDP and received on the basket budget support account on July 127 2011 was also fraudulently transferred on December 1 2011 to an account in Karamoja under the OPM in Bank of Uganda by way of electronic transfer.

“It should be noted that Kazinda is a custodian of security papers and in all instances his appeared authentic. The involvement of the PA (Principal Accountant) in forged signatures in the circumstances cannot be ignored,” the Auditor General observed.

Chimpreports understands that after forging documents Kazinda on December 1 2011 and January 30 2012 irregularly credited three accounts with Shs20.1bn from Support to PRDP.

They are 183011PTO11211 (Shs14.8bn), 183111PT30112 (Shs3.5bn) and STP400033300112 (Shs1.7bn). The money ended up in the wrong hands

The Auditor General noted that international control weaknesses existed on the part of treasury that could have led to lapses in the processing systems.

During the meeting, Mbabazi explained to donors that “those who dipped their hands in the till will be penalized and forced to refund the stolen money or have their properties seized.”

Mbabazi further stated the incident “was a lesson to government to tighten the lose gaps in the electronic financial management systems to avoid such scenarios in future.”

He said Police, Internal Security Organization (ISO), Auditor General and other relevant investigative bodies had finalized investigations into the theft, adding, “the judiciary is now doing its work,” according to impeccable sources at OPM.

The meeting which started in the morning ended at around 2:30pm, with donors calling for “more accountability measures to ensure funds do what they are supposed to do.”

Kazinda is facing nine counts of forgery and abuse of office at the High Court where he was committed by the Anti-Corruption Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa.

Senior State Attorney Robert Mackay alleges Kazinda between November 2011 and May 2012 at UCB zone Bukoto in Nakawa division forged various computer generated letters (security papers) with forged signatures of Bigirimana.

While appearing before detectives two months ago, Bigirimana said he had earlier warned Kazinda against professional misconduct such as manipulation of the programme items, failure to have IFMS connections to Heads of Department, failure to provide expenditure balances to Heads of Department, failure to follow Accountability Regulations and co-mingling of funds.

His elusive behavior in the management of financial matters was also a matter of concern.

Kazinda is considered one of the wealthiest civil servants.

His plush mansion in Bukoto which sits on an acre of land, boasts an Olympic-size swimming pool, tens of bedrooms with over 6 posh Mercedes cars estimated at Shs2bn.


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