Kampala- The Anti-Corruption Court yesterday ordered Luzira prison authorities to produce convicted former principal accountant in the Prime Minister’s office Godfrey Kazinda on Monday.
A warder from Luzira identified as Sgt Okello told court he did not know why Kazinda was not present in court.
“I am in Murchison Bay Prison and Kazinda is in the Upper Prison. I tried to inquire from the authorities but have not gotten any feedback about his whereabouts,” Sgt Okello said.
The trial magistrate, Ms Sarah Langa, reminded the prison authorities of their duty to keep safe custody of prisoners.
Warned“The burden is on you. Court entrusted the prisoner with you and must ensure proper communication between Murchison Bay Prison and Upper Prison. The trial court will take up the matter with the prison if Kazinda is not presented in court,” Ms Langa said. When this newspaper contacted the prisons spokesperson, Mr Frank Baine, on his cellphone, someone else picked, saying he was in a meeting with the commissioner, Dr Johnson Byabashaija. When we called later, the phone went unanswered.
Kazinda is already serving a five-year jail term on a previous conviction but he was expected in court for trial on separate charges of abuse and embezzlement of Shs316 million.
He is charged with assistant resettlement officer in the Premier’s office, Ms Beatrice Kezabu, Mr Hussein Katumwa and Ms Shamim Masembe.
Meanwhile, Kazinda has dropped his lawyer, Mr MacDusman Kabega, for Mr Richard Omongole, who was also not present in court.
The person sent to represent him only had instructions to adjourn the hearing.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor