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Court fears Kittata’s release will interfere with witnesses

By Sania Babirye
The General Court Martial at Makindye has  dismissed a second bail application filed by jailed Boda-Boda 2010 patron Abdullah Kitatta.
The seven member  court chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti has unanimously ruled that Kitatta being  the NRM chairman of Lubaga division and a  leader of Uganda Drivers and cyclists association, is an influential person in society who can interfere with lined up court witnesses.
The court has also ruled that Kitatta has led no proof to the effect that  his alleged grave illness cannot be managed/ treated  on remand by  doctors at Makindye police Military barracks .
 Kitatta was arrested on 20th/January 2018 by officials from CMI on charges of unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and Military gear.
 Since then his attempts to be freed on bail have proved futile as the Army court keeps on rejecting his pleas for bail with the recent one being  filed on 30th/ August /2018;  2 days after  the same court  had released the former IGP Gen  Kale Kayihura  who is said to have illegally given him(Kitatta) the guns .
In his dismissed bail applications, Kitatta says his health is in jeopardy because  Doctors at  Luzira prison where he was first remanded to advised him to investigate and urgently  carry out special medical tests for a grave -illness,  something he says he has not yet  done for the last ten  months.
 Kitatta also listed several  other grounds for bail including;   bail  being his constitutional right , having fixed places of abode at both Nakasajja in Mukono and Nkokonjeru in Nsangi and the fact that  he is a sole bread winner of his extended family of 3 wives and 13 children  which he claims is psychologically and financially constrained because  of  his continued incarceration.
Kitatta whose first bail  application was rejected  in June  for  fear that he would interfere with state witnesses and for presenting low ordinary surities , this time   however had    presented his long time friend  Suleiman Walusimbi a public relations officer from State House, the Rubaga Division NRM General Secretary Muhammad Kibirige and his area LC1 chairperson Abdul Matovu.
This court has found his surities to be  substantial but due to the grave nature of his offenses that attract a maximum penalty of death, he has been denied bail.
He has therefore  been remanded back at Makindye Millitary police Barracks until the 13th/November for further hearing of his case.
This has angered his family and friends who had come to welcome him back from prison and vowed not to set foot at court again.

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