Acquit Kazinda- Assessor Advises Court

Vincent Oketch, a court assessor in the matter before the Anti-Corruption Court where former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister Geoffrey Kazinda is accused of fraud; has asked the trial judge to acquit him of all the five charges against him.

In his advice to court presided over by Justice Lawrence Gidudu, Oketch informed court that although the prosecution indicted Kazinda with these five charges they failed to produce evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he committed the offences.

Oketch adds that although the prosecution produced a number of witnesses, none of them pinned Kazinda directly together with his co accused Hussein Katumwa for having committed the alleged offences.

On the other hand, Oketch asked court to convict Kazinda’s co accused persons who include Shamim Masembe and Beatrice Kezabu on the grounds that the prosecution produced enough evidence that they committed the offenses.

Assessor’s opinion is the decision arising from the lay person who has been closely following the case and therefore the judge has a right to take it or ignore it basing on his own observation of the law and the evidence adduced by the prosecution

Despite the fact that he completed his five-year prison sentence in November last year, Kazinda is still in Luzira Prison on other pending corruption charges where he is jointly charged with former assistant resettlement officer in the Office of the Prime Minister  Beatrice Kezabu, the proprietor of Total Fuel Station in Ntinda  Shamim Masembe, and Hussein Katumwa, the station manager.

It is alleged that Kazinda misappropriated more than Shs 316 million meant for post-war reconstruction scheme in Northern Uganda and Karamoja sub-region under the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan.

Justice Gidudu has set the 31st May 2017 as the date at which he will deliver his judgment

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