Court Rejects IGG’s Final Evidence Against Kazinda; Adjourns Case for Assessors Opinion
Anti-corruption court Judge Magret Tibulya has rejected the final submissions of the IGG in the illicit enrichment case against former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister – Geoffrey Kazinda that were asking court to convict him as charged.
This follows failure by the Assistant Commissioner of Prisons Asinja Apollo Baker to pass on the IGG’s final evidence to Kazinda so that he could also file a response explaining why he should not be convicted for mantaining a standard of living above that which was commensurate with his known source of income.
When Justice Tibulya demanded to know from Asinja why he didnt do as instructed by the IGG’s Office; he could not inform court where exactly he placed them but that if given time he could go back to Prisons Headquarters and trace for them.
Its against this background that Justice Tibulya declined to grant Asinja’s request; expunged IGG’s final submissions on the case from the court record and ruled that he was to only consider Kazinda’s submissions asking court to acquit him due to lack evidence.
The Judge then adjourned the matter to Friday 25th/September for the Assessor to give her opinion on the matter advising the Judge on whether to acquit or convict Kazinda.
IGG alleges that Kazinda between 2010 and June/2012 while in OPM accumulated wealth amounting to UGX 4.6 billion yet he declared to IGG only Salary and allowances amounting to UGX 83.7M as his known source of income.
But IGG’s evidence shows that Kazinda between 2009 and 2012 Kazinda was in control and possession of Land in Bukoto worth 3.6 billion shillings, four motor vehicles including a BMW, two Mercedes Benz and a Dodge Saloon car all valued at 769.4mshs; and appartments he rented and occupied at Sheraton Hotel Kampala for a period of 10months at 210.3 mshs.