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Geoffrey Kazinda

Who is Geoffrey Kazinda? Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, wife, family, tribe, wealth, Anti-Corruption Court, Kazinda guilty, early life and education of the former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

Geoffrey Kazinda is the former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). 

He held this position from 2007 until 2012 when he was detained for a number of offences relating to corruption, office abuse and fraud and thus interdicted from public office.

Kazinda is presently imprisoned for five years while also on trial for further linked offences.

Early Life and Education

Geoffrey Kazinda was born in the 1970s. His mother is Topista Nanfuka and his brother is Fredrick Wamala. His father is deceased.

Career and Professional Work Experience

Mr Geoffrey Kazinda became the Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister on July 11, 2007. 

This was after he was removed as the Principal Accountant in the Ministry of Water and Environment due to allegations regarding the failure to account for certain finances by the then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water, Sottie Bomukama. 

Bomukama reminded the then-minister of Water, Maria Mutagamba in a letter that Kazinda’s former boss in the Directorate of Water Development (DWD), Patrick Kahangire, had given a similar report related to financial mismanagement by Kazinda. 

However, Mutagamba insisted that Kazinda remained in his job in 2006 and Kazinda got to defy the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Keith Muhakanizi’s warnings against financial mismanagement.

In 2007, however, Kazinda was assigned to the Office of the Prime Minister still as the Principal Accountant.

His responsibilities at OPM included leading the accounts division, advising the accounting officers on financial issues, directing and overseeing the direct payment process, supervising personnel, co-signing OPM accounts, and financial reconciliation.

In October 2012, Geoffrey Kazinda was detained at Luzira Prison after being found guilty of illegally possessing government property. His lifestyle was found to be superior to that which was consistent with his income or other known sources of income or assets at the time.

His trials commenced in 2012 after Pius Bigirimana, the then Permanent Secretary in the OPM requested the Auditor General to carry out a special investigation. Since then, he has been charged in several courts for corruption, forgery, fraud and abuse of office in order to amass personal wealth.

Kazinda has already spent ten years in Luzira prison. Despite serving the full term of his sentence, he was still imprisoned because of unresolved allegations that the prosecution is still bringing against him.

Controversies

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In accordance with section 31 of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2009, Geoffrey Kazinda was found guilty of three counts of illegal wealth accumulation between 2009 and 2012. During this period, Kazinda stated that his only source of income which was from his salary was UGX 83,754,655 (USD 22,658).

Since he hadn’t declared most of the properties he was being charged for illegal acquisition within his Asset Declarations, it was used as evidence that he had obtained them illicitly.

In the first charge, Kazinda had rented and occupied suite 105 at Golden Leaves which is now Constellation Suites, Nakasero, apartments at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala for a period of 10 months spending UGX 210,364,011 (USD 56,910). 

He then established a credit facility at the hotel in the name of an accomplice to separate the expense from him.

In the second charge, the court found that Kazinda was in control and possession of three plots of land and a mansion in Bukoto, Kampala worth a total value of UGX 3,657,747,500 (USD 989,540). 

He tried to transfer them as a gift to the registered trustees of a local Christian monks’ group to which witnesses testified non-ownership. 

In the third charge, Kazinda was in control and possession of four motor vehicles all registered in the names of accomplices worth a total value of UGX 769,473,835 (208,145 USD). The cars included a BMW, a Mercedes Benz ML Class, and a Dodge Saloon. 

In 2020, Justice Margret Tibulya of the Anti-Corruption Court found Kazinda guilty of the accusations of collecting abnormal wealth brought against him by the IGG in 2016. The justices turned down Kazinda’s request to have the conviction ruled out.

Geoffrey Kazinda was given a total term of 15 years in jail. The court also issued confiscation orders for the four cars and the three land plots. Additionally, he was barred from holding public office for ten years.

The Court of Appeal in Kampala in August 2022 reduced the 15-year jail term in a unanimous ruling by three justices of the appellate court. Kazinda was to serve seven years and seven months in prison instead of 15 years.

Justice Margret Tabiya of the Anti-Corruption Court 2021 convicted and sentenced Kazinda to 25 years in prison over the forgery of security papers to steal money causing a financial loss for Ush. 20 billion to the Government. 

Additionally, he was also directed to pay USH 19.2Billion to the Government.

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Geoffrey Kazinda was once again convicted of embezzling Ush.306.8 million recently in 2022 by the Kololo Anti-Corruption court in Kampala. He was found guilty by Justice Lawrence Gidudu as the prosecution had established its case for embezzlement beyond a reasonable doubt. 

However, according to Gidudu, imprisoning Kazinda would be pointless instead he should just return the government’s stolen funds. 

As a result, Kazinda was mandated to pay a 7.3 million shilling fine in addition to the 306.8 million shillings in damages to the government and failure to do so would get him imprisoned for 12 months.

However, Kazinda asserted in court that the claim that he is a serial offender is untrue, claiming that he has been imprisoned since 2012 and that the allegations against him were brought in 2018 while he was already imprisoned.

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