The Observer (Kampala)

8 January 2013

Uganda: Kazinda in Butabika Hospital

The second attempt to have remanded Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister Geoffrey Kazinda tried for fraud failed yesterday.

He is ill and has been referred to Butabika hospital for a mental checkup. Dr Alex Kakoraki, a doctor at Murchison Bay hospital in Luzira prison, told court that Kazinda was not in position to attend court.

"Currently, Kazinda is in bad health, it is not advisable to try him. He has abnormal sleeping, inaccurate speech and attempts to awaken him do not yield much," Dr. Kakoraki said.

"On standing, he staggers and he has depression. The drugs that were prescribed to him will show effect between two and three weeks from now but it is not a promise."

Dr Kakoraki was in court at the request of Justice David Wangutusi who was dissatisfied with a medical report that showed that Kazinda was unable to attend court because he was stressed.

"We're wasting a lot of time here. If somebody can be stressed because he or she has failed to get school fees for his or her child, it is normal for an incarcerated person like Kazinda to be stressed," he said.

After Kakoraki's testimony, Justice Wangutusi adjourned the case to January 29. Kazinda was yesterday expected to face his first day of trial on 29 counts of fraud.

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