OPM Officials Face 168 Counts of Corruption

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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.

Three officials from the prime minister’s offices and the manager Total Ntinda who are facing corruption charges have been remanded to Luzira Prison. 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.
 
They appeared before Emanuel Baguma, the grade one magistrate of the anti corruption court on Wednesday afternoon but were remanded to Luzira prison because they couldn't enter plea on all the charges. The suspects return to court on Thursday morning to plead to all the 168 counts ranging from forgery, abuse of office, embezzlement to false accountability amongst others. Baguma remanded the suspects to Luzira prison arguing that court needed sufficient time to internalize the charges and allow the suspects to enter plea to each of the 168 charges.

Details of the case are that between 2010 and 2011, the trio misappropriated 318 million shillings that was meant to procure fuel and lubricants for transporting relief items from the central stores to disaster prune areas. It is alleged that the suspects connived with Hussein Katumwa, the manager Total Ntinda to forge invoices showing that several vehicles fueled at his pump station. The suspects are represented by Mc Dusman Kabega, Precious Ngabirano and Ahmed Kalule. They will return in court tomorrow where the charges will be read for them formally.