Military Court Martial seating at Makindye chaired by Lt General Andrew Gutti has today convicted patron of the once notorious gang group Boda-Boda 2010 Abdullah Kitatta and his bodyguard Ngobi Sowali of unlawful possession of firearms. The two convicts will be sentenced tomorrow Tuesday and could serve jail for over 10 years.
Kitatta arrived at General Court Martial at Makindye at around 9:00am in a military police truck under tight security. He was putting on yellow t-shirt and blue jean and was handcuffed with another UPDF officer.
By 8:00am over 200 Military police officers had surrounded Makindye military court and its surroundings because they expected high turn up of people. People who entered court were checked throughly and those without Identity cards were not allowed inside.
At around 9:15am, Kitatta was brought to the dock where he was later convicted.
Appearing before general Court martial, chaired by Lt Gen Andrew, Guti, the pair was found guilty of unlawful possession of firearms contrary to Section 3 of the Fire Arms Act. Their co- accused were acquitted of all charges that were brought against them.
“Court finds Amon Twinomujuni, Joel Kibirige, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssebata and Johnson Kayondo, Hassan Ssengoba, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Ibrahim Sekajja innocent of all charges,” said Gen Guti.
“The conviction of Kitatta is based on information obtained from 15 witnesses against Kitatta and other suspects,” Part of Gutti’s judgment reads in parts.
The witnesses included; Sargent Allan Matsiko, one of Kitatta’s bodyguards, Private Kenneth Okello who was reportedly in charge of the Armory where the said guns were obtained and the Manager of Vine Hotel where Kitatta was allegedly nabbed from.
The accused were in January 2017, arrested by a joint force of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) and is currently facing five counts including failure to protect war material and being in unlawful possession of military stores contrary to the UPDF Act.