Crime & Investigation

Kazinda to Face New Charges

case "sans-serif";”>The new charges have been presented before the Anti-corruption court by Senior Principal State Attorney Vincent Wagona.

Wagona told court on Monday, July 21 that new evidence has been gathered convicting Kazinda together with other three of the 69 new charges despite the first accounts of diverting of public resources, abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud.


In the new charges, Kazinda is believed to have misappropriated more than Shs5.4b meant for post-war reconstruction in northern Uganda and Karamoja sub-regions under the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP).

Kazinda was last year sentenced for 5 years after being convicted of abuse of office, 25 counts of forgery, making a document without authority and unlawful possession of government stores.

During Kazinda’s reign at OPM, at least shs50bn was plundered by a racket of officials at his office, Finance Ministry and Bank of Uganda.

It is said New Caltex Service Station Ntinda, a fuel station owned by Hussein Katumwa, Ahmed Masembe and Ibrahim Masembe had been supplying fuel to OPM since 2009.

Between 2010 and 2011, there was a fuel shortage and the fuel station was approached by OPM to supply fuel to the Department of Refugees and Disaster Management for purposes of delivering food to disaster prone areas in northern and eastern Uganda.

An investigative committee of Parliament found that there were no contractual dealings with OPM but fuel would be taken without a promise to pay.

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