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Another witness testifies against Kazinda in OPM corruption scam

Onyo Isaiah an accounts assistant in the Office of the Prime Minister told court that his work was to deliver and collect fully singed security papers to Bank Of Uganda.

He told court that the normal procedure is that the papers then go through the permanent secretary Pius Bigirimana’s office since he is a principle signatory to the accounts.

Onyo also said there was no cash withdrawal made without verification from Bigirimana and consultation with Bank of Uganda.

 

He also added that the interdicted principal accountant Geoffrey Kazinda always reported to the undersecretary finance and administration.

However Kazinda’s lawyer Macdusman Kabega says the witness should be the one who should have been jailed after accepting to have forged Bigirimana’s signature in the charge and caution statement he made at police.

In the statement, Onyo was charged with embezzlement, abuse of office and causing financial loss.

He appeared at the Anti-corruption court before High Court Judge David Wangututsi who adjourned the case to Feb 6th for further hearing.

Kazinda is alleged to have forged the signature of Pius Bigirimana the permanent secretary in Office of the Prime Minister and making documents without authority.

He faces separate charges of embezzlement, false accounting, forgery, conspiracy to commit a felony and causing financial loss amounting to Shs 316m.

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