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Court ignores Kitata pleas for bail before trial starts

Boda boda 2010 patron Abudalla Kitata and his 11 co-accused have been remanded to Luzira prison by the General Court Martial Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti (COURTESY PHOTO)

The General Court Martial in Makindye has pushed hearing of a bail application by Boda Boda 2010 leader Abdallah Kitata until May 21, the same date his main trial is set to start.

The military court informed Kitata that there were a number of cases to be heard and so court had failed to find time to deliberate on his bail application which he filed at the beginning of last month.

Kitata has been on remand at Makindye police Millitary police barracks since February, on charges of unlawful possession of fire arms and millitary gear.
Kitata on Monday pleaded with court to set an earlier date for his bail ruling saying conditions in the barracks are hard.

General Court Martial Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti in Somalia replaced Maj. Gen. Levi Karuhanga who passed away in April 2016(COURTESY PHOTO)

Kitata through his lawyer Shaban Sanywa has explained to court that he is imprisoned in a small room with no light, no fresh air and he is not allowed to perform prayers.

However all his pleas fell on a deaf ear as the court’s chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti informed him that the court’s diary is full and the only available date is May 21.

Last month, Kittata applied before to be temporarily released from custody on grounds that he suffers from a health condition which cannot be aduately catered for while in detension.

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