Boda-Boda 2010 boss Abdullah Kitata accepts to be tried by army court

Abdallah Kitata was brought to the military court with his legs chained amidst tight military security: PHOTO BY RACHEAL AGABA

The leader of Boda-Boda 2010, Abdullah Kitata, has accepted to take plea before the General Court Martial where he is facing charges of unlawful possession of firearms, live ammunition, military headgear and uniform.

Kitata and 11 others had on February 13 refused to plead to the charges before the court on grounds that they are not soldiers.

However, following an earlier warning by the court chairman, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, that their behaviour is tantamount to contempt of court, their lawyer, Mr Shaban Sanywa, on Tuesday informed court that his clients are willing to enter plea and be tried in the court.

Mr Sanywa even asked court to be availed with prosecution’s intended evidence and exhibits so that he can ably prepare his client’s defence.

Meanwhile, two other suspects, Swawali Ngobi and Ibrahim Sekajja, who had not been produced before court by prison authorities on February 13, were also brought on Tuesday for formal charging.

Ngobi, Sekajja and Kitata face five separate charges of being in unlawful possession of an SMG rifle, three pistols and 50 rounds of live ammunition.

Prosecution led by Maj Rapheal Mugisha states that the above items were found on the trio on January 18, 2018, while in a motor vehicle at Vine Hotel in Wakaliga, a Kampala suburb.

The military court has transferred Kitata from Luzira prison and remanded him to Makindye Military Police Barracks yet his co-accused have been remanded back to Luzira.

Kitata and co-accused were first charged before the Military Disciplinary Unit at CMI Headquarters in Mbuya before being committed to the General Court Martial, which has jurisdiction to try capital offenses, which are punished by death and life sentences, respectively.



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