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Constitutional Court Ruling Piles More Misery On Kazinda

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purchase http://ckls.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.photon.php geneva;”>Kazinda is facing 29 counts of forgery and causing financial loss to government in the plunder of over Shs30bn from OPM.


The accused reportedly forged signatures of OPM Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana and connived with officials in Bank of Uganda and Finance Ministry to facilitate the fraudulent transfer of donor-support funds earmarked for recovery programmes in the war-torn Northern Uganda.


The Constitutional Court on Tuesday threw out Kazinda’s application, saying he fell short of providing satisfactory evidence that he was being selectively prosecuted.


Court further directed that the corruption charges at Anti-corruption Division of the High Court should continue.


Chimp Corp Michael Nteza says Kazinda used a white handkerchief to wipe off sweat and tears after the ruling.

Kazinda arriving at constitutional court today


He adds the Constitutional Court’s decision will reinforce State Attorneys’ efforts to secure Kazinda’s conviction to enable government recover stolen money by auctioning his plush mansions and posh cars in Kampala.


The lost donor funds were recently returned to western countries, with Premier Amama Mbabazi promising to recover it from sale of properties of convicts in the OPM case.


Kazinda had asked the Constitutional court to quash all criminal charges against him and release him unconditionally, a request which was rejected.


At the Anti Corruption Court in Kololo, Justice David Wangutusi is expected to give a ruling after hearing from a few witnesses including a police handwriting expert who pinned Kazinda in acts of forgery.


In a moving testimony by Pius Bigirimana at the Anti Corruption Court last Thursday, Kazinda’s trail of crimes and conspiracies to plunder public funds was exposed.

Bigirimana was appearing as a witness testifying against his former junior.


Bigirimana described his relationship with Kazinda as “official,” which he said meant “transacting government business without personalizing it or treating it as a personal business.”

Geofrey Kazinda


“I warned him verbally and through internal memos and usually reminded him of his responsibilities, guided him and also warned him of the consequences of misconduct but he never styled up,” said the PS.


Regarding Kazinda’s mysterious disappearance from office, Bigirimana explained that his junior asked for two days off for medical consultation only to disappear mysteriously with government property.


A forensic audit by the Auditor General pinned Kazinda on manipulating systems to facilitate the fraud that shocked the nation.

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