KAMPALA, UGANDA: The former Principal Accountant in the office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Mr. Geoffrey Kazinda has been sentenced to 40 years in prison on several charges including forgery, causing financial loss, and conspiracy respectively.
The Anti-Corruption Court Judge, Justice Margaret Tibulya who sentenced Kazinda over the corruption charges also ordered him to pay Shs19 billion restitution to government as part of compensation for the funds embezzled.
The judge also said Kazinda should not hold any public office for a period of 10 years from today (September 24, 2021) C/S 46 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009.
Court said the full judgment will be availed to the public because one of Kazinda’s co-accused was not in court when the judge read the court decision.
Kazinda was arrested in 2012 and arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo, Kampala where he was charged with abuse of office, fraudulent false accounting, and one count of causing financial loss.
He was also charged with 26 counts of forgery and conspiracy to commit a felony.
In November 2020, the court found him guilty of illicit enrichment and sentenced him to 15 years in jail. The judge consequently directed that Kazinda’s house and land at Kyadondo, Mengo West, and all cars including BMW, Mercedes Benz, ML class, Dodge be confiscated by the state.