The General Court Martial sitting in Makindye and chaired by Lt General Andrew Gutti has today sentenced and convicted former Boda boda 2010 patron Abdalla Kitatta and his body guard Ngobi Sowali to eight years in Luzira Maximum prison after he was found guilty on two counts of unlawful possession of an Sub Machine Gun (SMG) rifle and a pistol without a valid firearm license and unlawful possession of 30 and 20 rounds of ammunition for SMG rifles and pistol.
“For each count you must serve 10 years and the two must run co-currently,” reads part of the court Martial ruling.
Kitatta who was arrested in January 2018 was on Monday convicted together with his bodyguard Sowali Ngobi and Ibrahim Ssekajja for unlawful possession of military equipment including headgear and uniforms which are a monopoly of the defence forces.
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 has surrounded the who of Makindye military court and its surroundings because they expected high turn up of people. People who entered court were seriously checked and those without Identity cards were not allowed inside
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.