Former principal accountant at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Geoffrey Kazinda, has initiated legal action against the Ugandan government, contesting various prosecutions and convictions related to fraud charges. Kazinda, presently incarcerated at Luzira prison, has lodged a case before the East African Court of Justice, seeking declarations that the actions and decisions of the Anti-Corruption Court and the Court of Appeal in 2020 were unlawful and violated the fundamental principles of the East African Community (EAC).
Kazinda argues that the actions of Ugandan courts undermine good governance, democracy, the rule of law, and accountability, all of which are enshrined in the EAC Treaty. In his case against the Attorney General of Uganda, Kazinda seeks to annul the decisions of the Ugandan courts and the Anti-Corruption Court.
According to court documents, the Inspector General of Government (IGG) prosecuted cases of illicit enrichment against Kazinda, resulting in his conviction and the confiscation of his property. Following the dismissal of his appeal by the Court of Appeal in March 2022, Kazinda petitioned the regional court.
A five-member panel of judges rejected an application by the IGG to be involved in Kazinda’s case, ruling that the IGG does not have international legal personality as per the EAC Treaty. Consequently, the IGG withdrew its notice of appeal, acknowledging the court’s jurisdiction over the matter.
These legal proceedings follow a Constitutional Court ruling in July 2020, directing the Anti-Corruption Court to discharge Kazinda from all pending and future cases related to his tenure at the OPM. Despite this ruling, the Anti-Corruption Court continued with Kazinda’s trial, resulting in his conviction and a 25-year prison sentence. The case is pending hearing and determination before the Court of Appeal.