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You are in Makindye barracks for security reasons, court tells Kitata

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

Court has rejected Boda Boda 2010 leader Abdallah Kitata’s request to be transferred back to Luzira prison  from Makindye Military Police Barracks where he says he doesn’t receive adequate  medical care and access to his relatives.

General Court martial chaiman, Lt Gen Gutti informed Kitata’s lawyer Shaban Sanywa that his client was transferred to Military police  barracks for security reasons and the decision cannot be revisited.

Lt Gen Gutti fixed  April 23, 2018 as the day to commence trial  of Kitata alongside 12 other suspects facing six counts including unlawful possession of firearms, live ammunitions, military head gears and uniforms  .

Lead prosecutor Maj. Rapheal Mugisha informed the 7-member court chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti that  the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence had concluded investigations into the matter  and prosecution was ready to present witnesses.

Kitata on his part  faces five separate  charges of being in unlawful possession of an SMG gun, 3 pistols  and 50 bullets which prosecution  says  are  a monopoly of the UPDF.

The other suspects accused  of conniving with Kitata to unlawfully possess millitary headgears and uniforms that  were allegedly  found on  them  on January 18, 2018  in  a car at Vine Hotel in Wakaliga, Kampala.

 

The 12 accused have been sent back on remand at Luzira prison whereas Kitata has been remanded  in Makindye Millitary police  barracks until the date of commencement of trial.

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 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.

 

 

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