The Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo has found the former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Geoffrey Kazinda guilty. Kazinda appeared contrite and begged for forgiveness in court.
Kazinda was found guilty on 29 counts including forgery of former OPM Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirmana’s signature, issuing documents without authority, abuse of office, and being in possession of government documents at his residence without authorization.
Justice DavidWangutsi analyzed evidence from 15 witnesses provided by the prosecution to come to the guilty conviction.
Wangutsi’s judgment was mostly influenced by evidence provided by three star witnesses that included Kazinda’s brother David Wamala, a handwriting expert Samuel Ezati, and current Gender Ministry PS Pius Bigirimana.
The judge noted that the discovery of security forms and cash withdrawal forms at the residence of Kazinda’s mother in Bukoto, UBC Zone, yet she does not work with the Ministry indicated only he could have hidden them there.
The judge further added that the presence of such sensitive documents indicated Kazinda intended to continue with his dubious activities if he had not been brought to justice.
Kazinda’s brother partly provided testimony to explain how the documents ended up at their mother’s residence.
He has been convicted and court will pass judgment on 26th of June.
Kazinda, who was clad in a dark blue suit, blue shirt and stripped tie appeared composed as the judgment was being read out.
Court was slightly puzzled when given a chance to speak, Kazinda appeared to apologise for the massive loss of public funds that happened on his watch. Kazinda said he was sorry for all that happened before he was cut off by the judge who advised him to speak in detail through his lawyers.