Court of Appeal based in Kampala has set August 7 as the date for hearing an appeal case filed by Former patron of the deadly Boda Boda 2010 group, jailed Abdullah Kitatta.
Kitatta and his bodyguard Constable Ngobi Sowali were convicted to serve eight years in Jail last year by Military Court Martial chaired by Gen Andrew Gutti for illegal possession of firearms and live ammunitions contrary to military penal code.
However, the pair contends that the sentence is harsh and excessive and that their conviction was unwarranted based on what they termed as “trumped up” charges.
The duo also faults the General Court Martial chairman Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti for relying on insufficient Prosecution evidence that lacked testimonies from independent and expert witnesses.
Kitatta further wants the Court of Appeal to overturn the lower court’s guilty verdict for lack of scientific proof like DNA, which would erase any doubts on whether a golden pistol, an SMG riffle and military attire that detectives say were found in his office in Lubaga Division, belonged to him.
Kitatta and his group were arrested in January 2018 at Vine Tea hotel by operatives from Chieftaincy of military Intelligence (CMI) which is headed by Gen Abel Kanduho. They were found with two riffles and golden pistol.
They were taken to Makindye Military detention for interrogations and later appeared before military Court Martial where they were charged.
Kitata was closely working with former Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura. Five months later, Kayihura was also arrested from his Country Home Kashagama in Lyantonde District.
He was also detained at Makindye military detention and subjected to serious interrogations before he appeared before General Court Martial where he is still battling with his cases.