Court clears Kazinda of forging Bigirimana’s Signature, sent back to Luzira
The Court of Appeal yesterday overturned the decision of the Anticorruption court that ordered the imprisonment of former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister, Geoffrey Kazinda for 5years,
Kazinda was in 2013 jailed for forging the signature of his former Boss and Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana, but three Justices of the Court of Appeal have ruled that Kazinda was wrongly convicted and eroneously served the 5years.
The justices Geoffrey Kiryabwire , Stephen Musota and Percy Tuhaise have faulted High court Judge David Wangututsi of failing to properly evaluate the evidence presented before him and reached a wrong conclusion that Kazinda was guilty of Abuse of Office, Forgery and Being in unlawful possession of government stores.
The Justices discovered that police and prosecution did shoddy investigations that could hardly prove that the cash withdraw forms and security papers bearing a forged signature of Bigirimana were indeed found at the home of Kazinda ‘s mother Teopista Nanfuka.
They observed that there was neither a search certificate nor any photographic evidence tendered in court showing how the police retrieved the said documents from a room at Nanfuka’s residence .
They then ordered for Kazinda’s immediate release but he cannot leave prison because he is still serving another 5 year jail sentence handed to him by the Anti -corruption court for causing a 316 million shillings loss in forged fuel receipts to the OPM.