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Kitata returns to military court for hearing of case

Abdallah Kitata dismbarks a military truck at the court in Makindye, Kampala on Monday morning.

The leader of Boda-Boda 2010, Abdullah Kitata, has Monday morning returned to the General Court Martial in Makindye for hearing of his case.

Kitata and 11 other people face charges  of unlawfully possessing firearms  and military stores.

Kitata and co-accused were first charged before the Military Disciplinary Unit at CMI headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala but were  later committed to the General Court Martial which has jurisdiction to try such capital offenses punishable by death and life sentences respectively .

Kitata and co-accused first refused to take plea before the military court arguing that they are not soldiers and therefore cannot be charged in a  military court. This prompted the court martial chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti on February 13 to remand the suspects to Luzira prison to allow defence lawyers more time to talk with their clients.

On February 27, the suspects, reappearing before the same court accepted to take plea.

Mr Shaban Sanywa, informed court then that his clients were 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.

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

Kitata flashes the thumbs up symbol as he entered the court.

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