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State Dissatisfied with Kazinda Acquittal, Set to Appeal

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has asked the Attorney General to appeal in the Supreme Court against the decision last week to permanently suspend the trial of Godfrey Kazinda, the former Principal Accountant in the Office of Prime Minister, on six corruption charges.

Last week, the Constitutional Court ruled that it was not right for State to prosecute Kazinda on cases with similar facts with those which had been concluded by court.

Four judges led by Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, Cheborion Burishaki, Ezekiel Muhanguzi and Stephen Musota,  ruled that the prosecution failed to abide by Article 28(9) of the Constitution. The judges agreed with Kazinda’s submission that he was not given a fair hearing.

Kazinda was consequently released from prison. Many people have since protested his release.

Kazinda was earlier arrested on charges of Illicit Wealth contrary to section 35 (I) (ii) of the Anti-Corruption Act.

He has been battling the corruption charges since 2012.