Anticorruption Court Judge Lawrence Gidudu has Wednesday convicted Godfrey Kazinda, cure the former Principle Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on the charges of conspiracy to defraud government of 316 million shillings in fuel drawn by none-existent vehicles, order which were supposed to carry relief to different disaster stricken parts of Uganda
Kazinda was today convicted with three others; the Clerk in the OPM Beatrice Keezabu, link Shamim Masembe the proprietor of former Caltex Fuel Station in Ntinda and Hussein Katumwa her station manager. The last two were found guilty of aiding the Kazinda and Kezaabu — the public officials — to embezzle public funds.
Kezaabu was separately convicted of making forged entries claiming that fuel was taken, and also uttering forged memos and fraudulent accounting on the same transaction.
Masembe, who was the sole signatory to the station account in DFCU Bank is said to have withdrawn the blank cheques on which Keezabu made false entries, whereas Katumwa acted as a conduit through which the stolen money was sent back to Kazinda.
The court found these guilty on counts of conspiracy to defraud, embezzlement, fraudulent accounting, forgery and uttering of false documents.
The Anti-corruption Court is set to pass a sentence to the convicts after mitigation from both Prosecution and the Defence
In June 2013 Kazinda was convicted by the same court for forging the then Permanent Secretary in the office of Prime Minister Pius Bigirimana’s signature and sentenced him to 5years which he recently served.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kazinda is still on trial before Anti-corruption court on charges Misappropriating 21billion shillings meant for rehabilitation of the LRA stricken Northern part of Uganda.