Kazinda sues Bigirimana, wants Shs6billion compensation

KAMPALA
Jailed former principal accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Geoffrey Kazinda has petitioned the High Court for orders to arrest and Commit to Civil prison his former boss Pius Bigirimana for unlawfully authoring and selling a book about him.
Kazinda who is currently serving a five year jail term at Luzira maximum prison claims that Mr Bigirimana’s book titled ‘Corruption, a tale of wolves in sheep’s clothing’s portrays him as a difficult principal accountant who acted as a footman in a drama and thus attacking his personality.
Kazinda has also asked court to issue an arrest warrant against a one Julius Sseremba, the managing director of Deft Publisher’s Ltd, for unlawfully publishing the said book, which delves into the evidence of the cases that are still before the Anti-corruption.
The cases include 87 charges of abuse of office, embezzlement, causing financial loss of more than Shs316 million to the government and diversion of public resources.
Kazinda is also still battling 69 offences relating to the misappropriation of more than Shs5.4b meant for post-war reconstruction in northern Uganda and Karamoja sub-regions under the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP).
Kazinda who filed the case in the civil division of the High Court on Friday is also seeking an injunction to permanently stop the publication and sale of the said book as it might compromise his trial since the chapters in the book have already proven him guilty on charges of forgery and causing financial loss.
Kazinda who has since appealed against this sentence contends that both Mr Bigirimana who is the former Permanent Secretary in the OPM and now PS in the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and Mr Sseremba are acting in contempt of court by discussing, publishing and selling the book that contains evidence and witness statements of the on-going cases .
He now wants court to order Bigirimana to pay him Shs6billion as compensation for infringing on his right to innocence and causing mental anguish to his family and would be descendants as the book has a long lasting life span. However, court is yet to set a hearing date for the case.

jkigongo@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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