Justice Lawrence Gidudu of the Anti-Corruption Court has sentenced former OPM Principal Accountant Geoffrey Kazinda to 5years in jail, information pills after convicting him and 3 others on conspiring to defraud government of Shs. 316 million in fuel consumed by non-existing vehicles under a disaster program.
Kazinda’s co-accused persons on the other hand, ask were subjected to fines ranging from 10 to 50 million shillings for jumping on the theft bandwagon after Kazinda crafted the plot.
Beatrice Keezabu a clerk from the OPM was ordered to refund Shs 50 million shillings, having entered false entries of the fuel order forms.
The other two, Shamim Masembe and Hussein Katumwa have been sentenced to a fine of ten million shillings each for helping Kazinda succeed with the mission, when they gave him chance to use their fuel station (Caltex Ntinda).
On failure to pay their respective fines, each will serve a one year imprisonment term at Luzira prison.
All the 4 convicts on top of compensating government with 316 million which was stolen, court banned them from being employed again in any public service office for a period of 10years
It should be noted that Kazinda has just completed his 5 year jail sentence in June/2013 when he was found guilty of forging the then Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana’s signature.