By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Justice Margaret Tubulya of the Anti-Corruption Court Kololo has today 24th September 2021 sentenced Godfrey Kazinda the former Principal Accountant OPM to 40 years imprisonment on 420 counts of forgery, causing financial loss o gov’t and conspiracy respectively.
Court further ordered the accused (Kazinda) to compensate the government Ugx 19,171,476,505.
Justice Margaret also ordered that Kazinda should not hold any public office for a period of 10years from today.
Kazinda Gets 15yr Sentence
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.