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I was ordered to give bodyguards, guns to Kitatta – jailed officer Agasirwe

Agasirwe taking oath at the General Court Martial before testifying. (PHOTO/Rachel Agaba)

KAMPALA – Jailed former commandant of the special Police Investigations Unit (SIU) SSP Nixon Agasirwe has Monday, March 18 taken to the stand before the General court Martial at Makindye to testify in the case in which Hajji Abudallah Kitatta is facing charges of unlawful possession of guns and ammunition.

Mr. Agasirwe has informed the Military court presided over by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti that the former IGP, Gen Kale Kayihura gave him instructions to give Kitatta a bodyguard after the 2010 Buganda Riot.

Agasirwe testified that he ordered the police armory man to give Sgt Allan Matisiko one AK47 and a pistol and one pistol with 15 ammunition to Sowali Ngoobi which was found in their possession at the time of their arrest.

However, when asked about the SMG gun that was found with one of Kitaata’s bodyguards, Agasirwe declined having ever given it to them saying that, “those boys can do things in their means”.

Mr. Kitatta and Mr. Agasirwe are on remand at Makindye Military police barracks facing counts that range from unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, Failure to protect war materials and repatriation of Rwandese nationals while

The embattled former leader of boda-boda 2010Kitatta in the dock. (PHOTO/Racheal Agaba)

Mr. Kitatta whom prosecution says was the leader of boda-boda 2010 in Kampala is co-charged with ten other people who listed  Agasirwe as one of their defence witnesses.

The army prosecution states that on January 21 at Vine Hotel in Wakaliga, Nateete in Rubaga Division of Kampala District, Mr Kitatta and his co-accused were found in possession of two sub-machine guns, three pistols, bullets and military uniforms without a valid firearms licence and which items are a monopoly of the defence forces. The suspects were arraigned before the military courts under Section 119 of the UPDF Act, which provides for prosecution of a person under military law.

The case has been adjourned to  March 26 for more defense witnesses.

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