Kitata denies being in possession of guns and being bodaboda 2010 leader

By Sania Babirye

The former leader of the defunct Boda -Boda 2010 group Abudallah Kitata has began his defense today before the general court martial sitting in Makindye.

Kitata swore through the Quran to give his sworn in evidence which will give the state a chance to cross examine him on his defense.

He has revealed before the seven member team chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew that he will be producing three witnesses including his driver Ibrahim Sekajja and bodyguard Sowali Ngobi to prove his innocence .

However , these are all charged with Kitata.

Kitata and nine others are charged with unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and Military attires before the General Court Martial at Makindye.

Prosecution led by Maj. Rapheal Mugisha led 4 evidence from 4 witnesses stating that a golden pistol loaded with live bullets was recovered on Kitatta during his arrest at Vine Tea Hotel in Wakaliga.

However Kitata through his lawyer Shaban Sanywa, Kitata has told court that for the 40 years he has lived on earth, he has never held a gun , live bullets or possessed any military uniforms.

Kitatta also told court that he came to know about the alleged golden pistol while it was being displayed in court by the state.

He however confessed before court that the pistol and an SMG riffle belonged to his body guard and co accused Sowali Ngobi whom he has listed as one of his witness to prove his innocence

Kitata who will be making one year on remand at Makindye military barracks has now advised the army court to instead ask Ngobi on how the alleged items reached in his car.

He has further revealed to court when asked on how he acquired the bodyguard, that that during the 2010 Buganda Kingdom riots , he reached out to his party’s national chairman President Museveni for his security concerns who in turn also delegated former police chief Gen Kale Kayihura to assign him (Kitata) a plain clothed police bodyguard .

Kitata has also denied being a leader or member of Boda -boda 2010 group clarifying that he is only in –charge of 2 offices; one being that of the NRM chairman of Lubaga division and another is that of National Union of Drivers and cyclists and Allied workers Association (NUDICAWA).

And as a result he has denied having any connection and knowledge of the Military uniforms and caps that the army says were recovered from the offices of Boda- boda 2010 at Nateete.

While starting his defense, Kitatta narrated to court how he was arrested from a Hotel rest room at Vine Tea Hotel in Wakaliga by CMI operatives .

He told court that on the 20th of January 2018 , he left his home in Najjanankumbi at about 10am and headed for Vine Tea Hotel to meet some people being an NRM leader .

That after the said meeting , he booked into one of the Hotel rooms from where he saw Army officers surrounding the entire Hotel and some knocking on his Hotel room door.

He has now urged Lt Gen Andrew Gutti to look at the footage caught on a CCTV camera at Vine Hotel before making his decision.

The case has further been adjourned to the 21st of January 2019.

Court demands answers on Kitata’s ownership of fire arms

By Sania Babirye

The General court martial has ruled that the jailed Boda Boda 2010 patron Abdulah Kitatta with 9 others have a case to answer about the alleged charges of unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition.

Army court chair lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti has made the ruling after proving that prosecution led by major Rapheal Mugisha had adduced sufficient evidence to prove the alleged charges.

Those ordered to defend themselves with Kitata include Ngobi Sowali,Kibirige Joel , Mugema Hassan, Ssebatta Hassan, Twinomujuni Amoni,Sekajja Ibrahim and Ssebandeke John

While the three who have been acquitted include Kayondo John, Sengooba Hassan, and Ssemwogerere Sunday.

While acquitting the three the court ruled that the suspects were not at the crime of the scene by the time the offenses were committed.

This month prosecution led by major Rapheal Mugisha concluded its submissions with four witnesses asking court to find that Kitata had a case to answer.
Prosecution presented four witnesses including private Richard Kasaija who testified on the 21st of June that he was part of the police team that arrested Kitata, and that they recovered an SMG gun, three pistols guns, 50 rounds of ammunition, Military uniforms and caps in Kitata’s room and car that was parked in the hotel’s back yard.

However the defense led by Kitata’s Shaban Sanya had asked court to acquit Kitata on grounds that prosecution did not provide sufficient evidence to prove the alleged charges.
On the 17th of july 2017 , Sanywa accused CMI of planting a golden pistol and ammunition that were allegedly recovered in Kitata’s room at Vine Hotel in Wakaliga in Lubaga division on the 20th of January were he was arrested while in hiding.

Kitata and now 9 others are charged with unlawful possession of firearms and Military gear.

Kitata faces 5 counts of being in unlawful possession of an SMG gun, 3 pistols and 50 rounds of live ammunitions that prosecution states were found on him on 18th/January 2018 at vine hotel in Wakaliga.

According to Prosecution the above items are a monopoly of the UPDF.