KAMPALA – The Kyadondo East MP Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has Tuesday, May 14 warned Ugandans against accepting to be used by the government to strain others.
Hon Kyagulanyi said Ugandans must know that time will come and they get dumped just like Abdullah Kitatta, the Boda Boda 2010 patron.
The legislator says Mr. Kitatta was used he behaved like he was above the law, not knowing that time would come and he gets dumped.
“So earlier today, the General Court Martial sentenced former Boda Boda 2010 patron, Abdullah Kitatta to ten years imprisonment! Unless he successfully appeals, Kitatta will have to spend the next 8 years and 8 months behind bars, after deducting the period he has already spent in jail,” Bobi Wine said in a statement.
“Two years ago, Kitatta was very powerful. He thought that he was a sweetheart of the people in power. He was untouchable. He unleashed violence and terror against his own brothers and sisters. He appointed himself the most brutal force against the opposition in Uganda. He mocked those who criticised the impunity and injustice in our country. Citizens lived in fear because of him. He terrorised boda boda cyclists. He intimidated people into silence,” detailed the People Power leader.
Bobi Wine claims that the government uses you for a period of time and when they no longer need your services they arrest and charge you.
“[Kitatta] and his services were no longer needed. He was quickly arrested and placed in military detention. He was tortured. He was denied bail several times even when he claimed to be sick. In many respects, he was denied the right to a fair trial. Today he is sentenced to such a long period in prison for offences he committed trying to defend the same system. I can guess that those he was trying to appease are on holiday now,” he said.
Bobi Wine said that at times he sympathises with Mr. Kitatta because he believes he [Kitatta] was used by President Museveni.
“On one hand you want to sympathise with such a man who was so naive. On the other hand you ask yourself why he didn’t learn that in Uganda President Museveni will use you, turn the population against you and then dump you.”
“I hope my brothers and sisters who are the present day Kitattas can learn a lesson or two! Do not allow yourself to be used. As our people say, “Okalya dda kadda dda,” he warned.
Mr. Kitatta was sentenced alongside his bodyguard Detective Constable Sowali Ngobi to 8 years, 8 months and 6 days at Luzira prison on charges of being in illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
The General Court Martial Chairman Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti ruled that the duo deserved to serve a maximum sentence of ten years but he was lenient enough to deduct the one and half months period that they have each spent on remand at Luzira Prison.