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State to Appeal Against Kazinda’s Acquittal

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has expressed dissatisfaction with the Constitutional Court’s decision to permanently suspend the trial of Godfrey Kazinda the former Principal Accountant in the Office of Prime Minster, on six corruption charges.

On Friday last week. four justices of the Constitutional Court ruled that it was wrong for State to prosecute Kazinda on cases with similar facts with those which had been concluded by court.

Acting Principal State Attorney Jacqueline Okui the spokesperson for the DPP’s office however, says that they have already asked the Attorney General to appeal in the Supreme Court against this decision which resulted from petition No. 30 of 2014 (Kazinda Geoffrey Vs Attorney General)

“We also intend to appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision of the Court of Appeal, acquitting Kazinda Geoffrey and two others for embezzlement and conspiracy to defraud.” She added.

In the judgement by Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, Cheborion Burishaki, Ezekiel Muhanguzi and Stephen Musota, the judges ruled that the prosecution failed to abide by Article 28(9) of the Constitution and ended up with duplicity of charges which infringed on Kazinda’s right to a fair hearing.

Kazinda however, was sent back to Luzira on a different Criminal case 29 of 2016 involving charges of Illicit Wealth contrary to section 35 (I) (ii) of the Anti-Corruption Act.

Since 2012, Kazinda has been battling corruption related charges resulting from his duties as Principal Accountant at Office of the Prime Minster.

The charges include unlawful possession of Government stores, illicit enrichment, forging government of government documents and others.

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