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Kitatta’s bail on a standstill as GCM delegation moves to Somalia

The jailed patron of Boda Boda 2010 Association, Abudallah Kitatta seems to keep inside bars as GCM officials leave to Somalia. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA– The General Court Martial at Makindye has put on notice the hearing of the bail application pending trial by the jailed patron of Boda Boda 2010 Association, Abudallah Kitatta.

This is after the seven-member court chaired by Maj Gen. Andrew Gutti that was supposed to hear prosecution’s submission in response to Kitatta’s bail application did not show up not even giving the next hearing date.

However, sources at the court that preferred anonymity disclosed that the court’s delegation is moving to Somalia and other operation areas adding that a communication will be made to when it will resume work at Makindye

In the last sitting prosecution led by Maj Raphael Mugisha told the court that they were unable to file the response as required because the investigating officers who were supposed to swear affidavits in objection of Mr Kitatta’s application were out of the country.

Kitatta who is jointly on remand with twelve other suspects in connection with alleged charges of unlawful possession of firearms applied for bail for the second time in less than four months.

Though through his lawyers, Kitatta cited ill-health, his right to bail and that the offence is bail-able, Maj Gen.  Gutti has given prosecution up to September 24 for the state to respond.

Kitatta is jointly charged with twelve other suspects including Mr John Ssebandeke, a crime preventer of Nabweru in Wakiso District in connection with alleged unlawful possession of firearms.

Other suspects include members of Boda Boda 2010 Association; Joel Kibirige, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssebata, Jonathan Kayondo, Hassan Ssengoba, Sunday Ssemogerere, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika, Amon Twinomujuni, Sowali Ngoobi, and Ibrahim Sekajja. They all denied the charges against them.

The state alleges that on January 21 this year at Vine Hotel at Wakaliga, Nateete in Rubaga Division Kampala District, Mr Kitatta and the co-accused persons were found in possession of two guns SMG, three pistols and bullets without holding a valid firearms certificate and military uniforms which are a monopoly of the defence forces.

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