Kazinda sentenced to 40 years in prison

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Former Principal Accountant in the OPM, Godfrey Kazinda has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for illicit enrichment. Justice Margaret Tubulya who presided over the case also ordered Kazinda to compensate government up to Shs19 billion. Tibulya found Kazinda guilty of three counts of forgery, accumulating abnormal wealth (illicit enrichment) and financial loss instituted against him by the Inspectorate of Government back in 2016. During the investigations, the Inspectorate of Government found out that between 2009 and 2012, Kazinda was enjoying a standard of living way above his known sources of income, possessing and amassing wealth amounting to over Shs 4.6 billion.The investigations revealed that Kazinda had rented Constellation Suites in Nakasero for ten months at a cost of Shs 210 million, had three plots of land in Bukoto valued at Shs 3.6 billion, owned high-end cars including a BMW, Mercedes Benz ML class, Dodge Saloon all valued at Shs 769 million. According to prosecution, this was far above his known and declared annual income of Shs 84 million thus raising a red flag on how he acquired them. In his defense, Kazinda denied owning any of the said properties but argued that he could afford to live such a high standard lifestyle given that fact his family had a wealthy financial background and that they had received huge sums of money when they sold off some of the properties including part of the land that currently hosts Entebbe airport.Kazinda also argued that apart from his family wealth, he had worked tirelessly for 18 years before he joined the public service. Considering his point of argument, justice Tibulya wondered why Kazinda didn’t declare all his sources of income to the Inspectorate of Government as required by the law which according to her raised suspicion.“According to the law, a senior public servant is required to declare all, not some, of their source of income to the inspectorate of government,” Tibulya said in her judgment.

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