By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Inspector General of Government (IGG) of Uganda has properties worth billions belonging confiscated property belonging to the troubled ex-principal accountant in the Prime Minister’s office, Godfrey Kazinda who has been in jail for years now.
The development has been announced by IGG spokesperson Mr.Munira Ali who noted that the confiscation followed the Anti-Corruption case in which Kazinda was last year convicted over having illicit wealth that saw him getting a 15-year jail sentence.
Munira noted, “It’s true the property was confiscated following his conviction by the Anti-Corruption Court.”
It is worth noting that in November the Anti-Corruption Court found Kazinda guilty after he failed to account for his wealth and directed that Kazinda’s two Mercedes Benzes, all valued at Shs500m and his palatial home in Bukoto, Kampala, valued at Shs3.5b be confiscated by the IGG as a lesson to other government corrupt wevils.
“The investigations revealed that Kazinda had rented constellation suites in Nakasero for ten months at a cost of shs210 million, had three plots of land in Bukoto valued at shs3.6 billion, owned high-end cars including a BMW, Mercedes Benz ML class, Dodge Saloon all valued at shs769 million,” Justice Margret Tibulya revealed.
Background Of Kazinda’s Case
On November 6, 2020, the Anti-Corruption court sentenced Geoffrey Kazinda, the former principal accountant in the Office of Prime Minister to 15-years behind bars after being found guilty of three counts of forgery, accumulation of abnormal wealth (illicit enrichment) and financial loss, instituted against him by the Inspectorate of Government in 2016.
According to court, the Inspectorate of Government (IGG) found out that between 2009 and 2012, Kazinda was enjoying a standard of living way above his known sources of income, possessing and wealth amounting to over shs4.6 billion.
It was also revealed that Kazinda had transferred three land titles for pieces of land situated in Bukoto to an educational organization, Brothers of Christian Instruction as a donation. However, the court found out that he remained in full control of the pieces of land in question.
However, in his defence, Kazinda denied owning any of the said properties but argued that he lived such a high standard lifestyle given the fact that his family had a wealthy background and that they had received huge sums of money when they sold off some of the properties including part of the land that currently hosts Entebbe airport.
In addition, Kazinda argued that he had also worked tirelessly for 18 years before he joined the public service hence his wealth which shocked justice Tibulya, wondering why he didn’t declare all his sources of income to the Inspectorate of Government as required by the law leaving her in the doubt mode.
Then, the justice didn’t hesitate to sentence Kazinda to five years imprisonment on each count adding that the sentences should be served consecutively, making 15 yrs in jail.
She said, “This means he will serve 15 years (starting from the date of judgement). I also order for confiscation of the said properties; the court cannot allow him to enjoy fruits obtained from a crime.
Before this development, Kazinda had faced trial for constructive possession of financial instruments, forging receipts and invoices, false accounting, making fraudulent payments, conspiracy to secure money outside authorized disbursement procedures which trials started in 2012, in various courts.