Kazinda mother’s Shs3 billion case against police starts today

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The hearing of a case in which the mother of convicted former Principal Accountant in the office of the Prime Minister Geoffrey Kazinda accuses police of grabbing her money equivalent to Shs3 billion during a search at her son’s house in July 2012 starts Monday.

The alleged money was in foreign currency (British Pounds, Euros and US Dollars). Kazinda’s mother Ms Teopista Nanfuka alleges that the money was part of the property confiscated by police during the search at her son’s mansion in UCB Zone in Bukoto suburb which he shared with her.

Ms Nanfuka wants court to issue a permanent injunction stopping the government from interfering with her property or opening her buildings which were sealed off. She also wants court to order government to pay back her alleged seized money.

A copy of the search certificate which Daily Monitor saw shows that police found in the residence one plastic grey box containing 40 bundles of 100 British Pound notes in denominations  of 50 each.

In defence of government, the Attorney General maintains that since Kazinda had committed offences relating to misappropriation of huge sums of public money, the police acted lawfully in searching her home for the said property which may be treated as exhibits.

Among the property seized from Kazinda’s house are; his late father Aloysius Lwokya’s will, various motor vehicles including one in the names of former prime minister Prof Apolo Nsibambi, laptops and several loan documents which Ms Nanfuka claims are so crucial to enable her access money.

She contends that she is making losses as she had entered a joint venture with Entebbe-based Christian organisation to construct apartments and complete the existing ones, which she cannot do at the moment because the land titles are still held by police.

Kazinda, is still battling over 160 charges of corruption in the Anti-Corruption Court.

His lead lawyer Andrew Kasirye told Daily Monitor on Wednesday that  majority of exhibits  including money seized from the house during the police search were not declared to court.

“The investigating police officers did not file the last four pages of the search certificate, which would have shown that at least Shs3 billion was recovered from the house. Also not declared is the will of Kazinda’s father, among other items,” Kasirye said.

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