Corruption: Indicted OPM Officials Plead Not Guilty

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Prosecution led by John Francis Abode told court that between June 1 and July 30, 2010 the suspects conspired to misappropriate shillings 318 million that was meant for procuring fuel and lubricants for transporting relief items from the central stores to disaster hit areas.

The three officials from the Prime Minister’s office indicted for corruption have been charged before the Anti Corruption court and released on bond. The suspects appeared before Emanuel Baguma, the grade one magistrate of the Anti Corruption Court and pleaded not guilty to all the 29 charges pressed against them by the state.


They are Geoffrey Kazinda, the principal accountant Prime Minister’s office, John Martin Owor, the Commissioner Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management, Beatrice Kezab, the assistant resettlement officer and Hussein Katumwa, the manager Total Ntinda. Prosecution led by John Francis Abode told court that between June 1 and July 30, 2010 the suspects conspired to misappropriate shillings 318 million that was meant for procuring fuel and lubricants for transporting relief items from the central stores to disaster hit areas.


He explained that the suspects connived with Hussein Katumwa, the manager Total Ntinda to forge invoices showing that several vehicles had fueled at his pump station. He therefore pressed various charges against the suspects ranging from theft, conspiracy to defraud, causing government a financial to false accounting, abuse of office and corruption. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail, which was granted by Baguma.


He ordered the suspects to pay shillings 15 million in cash, and deposit their passports in court. He also bonded each of their sureties to shillings 50 million not in cash. He ordered the suspects to return to court on August 1, for the mention of their case. By the time of filling the story, the suspects were yet to fulfill the bail condition. Kazinda and his accomplices ran into after they were netted by a team of police officers appointed by the Inspector General of Police to investigate corruption in government departments.

 

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