By Mildred Nambi
Former Principal Accountant of the Office of the Prime Minister-OPM Geofrey Kazinda, is to spend the next five years in jail.
He was convicted this morning by Justice David Wangutusi of the anti corruption high court.
Kazinda was dragged before the Anti Corruption High court late last year on 29 counts of fraud, forgery and abuse of office.
It followed investigations that unearthed a huge corruption scandal in the OPM involving huge sums of money.
In his ruling, Justice David Wangutusi said court found Kazinda guilty of the 29 corruption cases brought against him by the state.
He said the crimes were committed with impunity citing the forgery of the signature of former Permanent Secretary Office of the Prime Minister Pius Bigirimana, which he said deprived disaster victims a chance to rehabilitate their lives.
Justice Wangutusi therefore convicted Kazinda to five years in jail for abuse of office, 2 years for each of the 25 counts of forgery, 5 years for producing government documents without authorization and 2 years for unlawful possession of government stores. All the sentences are to be served concurrently.
Justice Wangutusi explained that he had arrived at the ruling after considering the unstable health of Kazinda, his stay on remand for 8 months and being a head of a family.
He also said Kazinda was repentant and had shown remorse for his actions.
He advised him to appeal to a higher court if he is dissatisfied with the judgment.
Kazinda has two more separate files before the lower court in which he is accused of swindling billions of shillings from OPM meant for the implementation of the Peace Recovery and Development Plan-PRDC in districts affected by war.