By Spy Uganda
Geoffrey Kazinda, the former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister, is finally back on the streets after he was released by the Constitutional court on Friday evening.
Kazinda was jailed by the Anti-corruption court in 2013 after finding him guilty of corruption, abuse of office and misappropriation of government funds worth over Shs9.5Bn, among other offences.
But following his release, Court also issued an order permanently prohibiting the state from using any process of court to initiate and prosecute Kazinda for any offences founded on the same facts.
The Constitutional Court also issued an order permanently prohibiting the state from using any process of court to initiate and prosecute Kazinda for any offences founded on the same facts in connection with his former employment.
A panel of five justices led by Stephen Musota also granted all the declarations Kazinda sought in the petition.
Others on the panel are Kenneth Kakuru, Geoffrey Kiryabwire, Cheborion Barishaki, and Ezekiel Muhanguzi, who is now a Supreme Court Judge.
“The petitioner has proved his case. I do hereby grant all the twelve declarations sought in the petition because they logically follow from the findings of fact and law during the determination of issues,” Musota ruled.
Kazinda had sought declarations that the manner in which he was brought to court without giving him a chance to handover and to appear for audit and in Parliament was unlawful.
Kazinda has 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, and living a standard of life beyond his known source of income. The trials started in 2012, in various courts.
But in 2014, Kazinda ran to the Constitutional court seeking, among other things, to declare that the act by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to split the cases and sequentially initiating charges of offences founded on the same facts for which he was earlier on convicted contravened the constitution, a position the Court has since upheld, hence the acquittal.