The Inspector General of Government (IGG) has taken over the assets of former principal accountant in the Prime Minister’s office Geoffrey Kazinda, who was last year found guilty of illicit accumulation of wealth.
According to the IGG spokesperson, Ms Ali Munira, the Anti-Corruption Court in November 2020 directed that Kazinda’s two Mercedes Benzes, all valued at Shs500m and his palatial home in Bukoto, Kampala, valued at Shs3.5b be confiscated by the IGG.
The Anti-Corruption Court in November sentenced Kazinda to 15 years imprisonment for illicit enrichment. This was after being found guilty of having rented Constellation suites in Nakasero and apartments in Kampala for ten months at a cost of shs 210 million, had a house and land at Kyadondo , Mengo West valued at shs3.1bn, cars including BMW,Mercedes Benz, ML class, Dodge saloon car all valued at shs769 million and diverting over 20bn government funds way beyond his salary.
The Deputy IGG, Mr George Bamugemereire, told journalists on Monday that through plea-bargain arrangement, they have been able to recover more than Shs1.5b by sale of apartments illegally acquired by a civil servant whose name he declined to reveal.
“It is very interesting that there are people who are willing to surrender illegally acquired property, provided their names are not published because they do not have the cash. To them, their reputation is more important than the property,” Mr Bamugemereire said.