New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda: 'Stressed' Kazinda Fails to Appear in Court for Trial

The trial of interdicted principal accountant in the Prime Minister's office, Geoffrey Kazinda, failed to kick off on Monday at the Anti-Corruption Court after he failed to appear due to bad health.

Prisons authorities told court that Kazinda was stressed and was unable to stand trial.

A furious Justice David Wangutusi summoned the doctor who examined Kazinda to appear before court to explain the suspect's health status.

Kazinda faces charges of abuse of office, forgery and making document without authority.

Principal State Attorney Jane Frances Abodo and State Attorney Paul Lakidi are prosecuting the case. City lawyer MacDosman Kabega represents Kazinda.

Prosecution alleges that Kazinda forged the signature of the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Pius Bigirimana between January and July 2012 intending to use it for fraudulent purposes.

He allegedly also made computer-generated serial numbered letters purportedly on Bigirimana' s account.

According to prosecution, Kazinda kept at his private residence the forged computer-generated letters and cash withdrawal authorization forms bearing the forged signature.

He allegedly sent the letters bearing the date of February 10, 2011 to the Director Banking in the Bank of Uganda claiming that it was written by Bigirimana, according to prosecution.

Fifteen witnesses have been lined up to testify in the case.

Kazinda also faces separate charges of embezzlement, false accounting and conspiracy to commit a felon jointly with a number of other officials he worked with in the OPM.

Hearing of this is slated to start on January 28, 2013.

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