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Heavy Gunfire Breaks out at DRC Presidential Guard Barracks

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Disgraced former Principal Accountant faces life imprisonment after fresh 69 charges were slapped on him this week by the Director of Public Prosecution in relation to the massive theft of donor funds and causing government a financial loss of billions of shillings. – See more at: http://chimpreports.com/index.php/special-reports/crime-investigation/25570-kazinda-faces-life-in-jail.html#sthash.mmQgmw1G.dpuf

Kazinda, sales http://cnsawdust.com/components/com_k2/views/item/view.html.php who is serving a five-year jail sentence for diversion of public resources, stomach http://decoreatelier.com/wp-includes/vars.php abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud, click 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.” More cases 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.  – See more at: http://chimpreports.com/index.php/special-reports/crime-investigation/25570-kazinda-faces-life-in-jail.html#sthash.mmQgmw1G.dpuf
The Congolese army has Tuesday poured armoured tanks and elite force units on the streets of Kinshasa after gunshots rocked a military barracks near President Joseph Kabila’s seat of power, sale http://demainechiropractic.com/wp-includes/class-wp.php Chimp Corps report. – See more at: http://chimpreports.com/index.php/special-reports/25531-heavy-gunfire-breaks-out-at-drc-presidential-guard-barracks.html#sthash.WuTttAqf.dpuf

Sources in Kinshasa told this website fighting started at Tshatsi camp today evening with soldiers accusing their seniors of not providing their food rations on time.

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“The soldiers guarding the President have spent almost a week without adequate food. That’s why they are fighting, http://copdx.org.au/wp-content/plugins/wp-better-attachments/libs/survey-notification.php ” said a knowledgeable source in the capital Kinshasa.

 

Several rebellions which have broken out in the eastern part of the country especially M23, have been blamed on the entrenched corruption in the DRC army.

 

Heavy fighting broke out at the same military base in December last year with soldiers seizing the state television and an airport.

 

The fighting at Tshatsi camp which is home to the heavily-armed presidential guard brigade will send shockwaves across the country considering that President Kabila is under fire not to seek a third term in office.

 

There have been tensions in the volatile country with church leaders and international community appealing to Kabila to refrain from attempts to amend the Constitution to entrench his presidency.

 

DRC spokesperson Lambert Mende has been quoted as saying investigations into the gunfire are underway and that government would make a statement at the right time.

 

Kabila became DRC President following the assassination of his father, Laurent Kabila in 2001.

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