Kitata to be sentenced tomorrow

By Sania Babirye

The former leader of the bodaboda 2010 leader Abdullah Kitata and his bodyguard detective constable Ngobi Sowali have been found guilty of unlawful possession of firearms.

These have been convicted by the seven member of the army court led by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti.

However, the Same court has acquitted seven of his co accused and set them free.

While convicting them, the army court ruled that prosecution led by Major Raphael Mugisha proved all the required ingredients to warrant a conviction of the accused.

The army has relied in four prosecution witnesses and exhibits including a golden pistol, an SMG gun and 50 rounds of ammunition that were found with Kitata at Vine hotel in Wakaliga and arm uniforms that were recovered from their offices.

His lawyer Shaban Sanya has now asked court to hand them a non custodial sentence since they have families with school going children, with Kitata having more than one wife and the sole bread winner

Sanya also says that Kitata is suck with diabetes and that he has been working for the government including being the chairman if NRM in Rubaga division.

He further says that they have been in remand for one year and four months and are now reformed and that the guns they have been found of unlawfully possessing them have never been used in any criminal way and that all the accused have been obedient through out trial.

Sanya further says that the alleged guns were also issued to them by those in charge of them .

Gutti has now adjourned the case to tomorrow for sentencing.

Kitata’s fate to be sealed on the 13th of May

By Sania Babirye
The General court Martial sitting in Makindye has set the 13th of May 2019 to deliver its judgement in a case in which the patron of bodaboda 2010 group Hajji Abdullah Kitata and 9 others are charged with unlawful possession of firearms , ammunition and Military gear.

Today the seven member court chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti set the date after summarise all evidence adduced by both the state and the defense.

On the 23rd of April this year, the state asked the army court to find guilty and consequently convict Hajji Abdullah Kitata and his co accused.

While making their final submissions state prosecutor Raphael Mugisha informed court that they had adduced sufficient evidence to prove the charges against Kitata and his co accused.

On the 8th of this month, Kitata’s defense team closed their case and asked court to acquit him.

These led by Shaban sanya told the army court that their client is innocent and should be freed on all charges on grounds that prosecution failed to adduce sufficient evidence to prove the alleged charges including the required ingredients in the said charges.

According to Kitata’s defense team, the state did not produce any concrete evidence to link Kitata to the recovered golden pistol and an SMG riffle which were allegedly found on him at the time of his arrest in a Hotel room at Vine Tea hotel in Wakaliga a Kampala suburb.

The lawyers stated that prosecution through out the trial, did not provide any evidence from an independent witness out of the four witnesses including any staff of Vine Tea Hotel , footage from a surveillance camera, a ballistic report or an Investigating officer who would have proved beyond reasonable doubt that Kitata was indeed in possession of the guns in the said hotel.

During the trial two out of the four state witnesses including the arresting officer claimed that they had arrested Kitata and also recovered the said items on kitata from his hotel room.

According to Sanywa, his client’s prosecution is cosmetic and one intended at pleasing the public since parliament had already singled out Kitata as one of the alleged untouchable because he was close to now former Inspector General of police General Kale Kayihura.

Sanywa says his client should be set free since the stated two guns were given to him by police as it was stated by the jailed SIU commandant Nixon Agasirwe .

Sanya also claims that his client Can not be the owner of the alleged guns and army uniforms as stated by the state since by the time of their arrests neither him or his nine co accused were present in the said hotel room and the security agency did not have a search certificate as they carried out a search at their offices in Lubaga.

Kitata and his co accused have been further remanded to Luzira prison were they have been on remand since February 2018.

On the 25th of March, the former patron of the defunct bodaboda 2010 group was forced to prematurely ended his defense witnesses failed to turn up in court t to testify in his favor

The summoned witnesses who were meant to appear before the army court were Private Kenneth Okello in charge of Old Kampala police Armory , Sgt. Allan Matsiko who was Kitata’s second body guard and the owner of Vine Tea Hotel where Kitata was arrested on the 22nd of February 2018.

His lawyer had told court that they had issued summons requiring the three to appear in court to testify and convince court that Kitata is innocent and were dully served and received by the police Headquarters at Naguru and Vine Tea Hotel but the alleged witnesses refused to show up.

prosecution also asked the General court martial to remand Kitata back to a civilian prison at Kigo from Makindye Military police barracks where he was transferred due to security reasons and albeit that had been taken on his life while at Luzira prison.

Kitata was then remanded to Luzira prison after the court chair ruled that it’s nearer than Kigo prison and that Kitata will be more safer there since his case is almost coming to an end.

On the 18th of this month, the former commander of the special Police Investigations Unit (SIU) SSP Nixon Agasirwe failed to show any evidence to prove that former IGP Gen. Kale Kaihura ordered that Kitata be given guns for security reasons.

Agasirwe who is also on remand at Makindye military barracks over kidnapping Rwandese and illegally taking them back home appeared before the General court Martial as Kitata’s witnesses.

This is after, Kitata listed Agasirwe as one of his witnesses to prove his innocence.

He informed the court that it was his former boss, also former Inspector General of police General Kale Kaihura who instructed him to give Kitata three guns and a body guard a one Sowali Ngobi.

He further explained that this was because Kitata had become an informant of police after the 2010 Buganda Riots .

However, when Agasirwe was asked for any proof to show that Gen.Kaihura issued to him instructions or order to issue Kitata with guns, Agasirwe could not show any evidence.

He instead told court that the IGP did not issue any written order but it was verbally issued.

Agasirwe’s testimony follows after Kitatta, while defending himself in January this year informed court that he requested security from Gen.Kaihura in exchange for information that would lead to the arrest of criminals and rioters in Kampala .

And as a result, Gen.Kaihura who is also a suspect together with Agasirwe on also charges of failing to protect war materials but out on bail then ordered that a police body guard and guns be given to Kitata to keep him safe as an informant.

However, prosecution is accusing Kitata of illegally and unlawfully being in possession of the said guns for the past eight years since the said guns are only a monopoly of the Army .

On the 7th of January this year, the former leader of the defunct Boda -Boda 2010 began his defense and wore through the Quran to give his sworn in evidence which will give the state a chance to cross examine him on his defense.

He 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, ammunitions and Millitary attires that state says areca monopoly of the army.

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

Kitatta 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 has made one year on remand at Makindye military baracks after having his bail application declined then advised the army court to instead ask Ngobi on how the alleged items reached in his car.

He further revealed to court when asked on how he aquired the bodyguard, that that during the 2010 Buganda Kingdom riots , he reached out to his party’s national chairman Presidnet M7 for his security concerns who in turn also delegated former police chief Gen Kale Kayihura to assign him (Kitatta) a plain clothed police bodyguard .

Kitatta 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 denied having any connection and knowledge of the Millitary uniforms and caps that the army says were recovered from the offices of Boda- boda 2010 at Nateete.

While begining his defence, Kitatta narrated to court how he was arrested from a Hotel rest roo 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 then urged Lt Gen Andrew Gutti to look at the footage caught on a CCTV camera at Vine Hotel before making his decision.

Court to summarize evidence against Kitata, judgement set for May

By Sania Babirye
The General court Martial sitting in Makindye has adjourned to the 6th of May 2019 the case in which the patron of bodaboda 2010 group Hajji Abdullah Kitata and 9 others are charged with unlawful possession of firearms , ammunition and Military gear.

Today, the seven member court chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti said that they are going to use the said period to summaries all evidence adduced both by the state and the defense and later set a date to deliver their judgement.

On the 23rd of April this year, the state asked the army court to find guilty and consequently convict Hajji Abdullah Kitata and his co accused.

While making their final submissions state prosecutor Raphael Mugisha informed court that they had adduced sufficient evidence to prove the charges against Kitata and his co accused.

On the 8th of this month, Kitata’s defense team closed their case and asked court to acquit him.

These led by Shaban Sanya told the army court that their client is innocent and should be freed on all charges on grounds that prosecution failed to adduce sufficient evidence to prove the alleged charges including the required ingredients in the said charges.

According to Kitata’s defense team, the state did not produce any concrete evidence to link Kitata to the recovered golden pistol and an SMG riffle which were allegedly found on him at the time of his arrest in a Hotel room at Vine Tea hotel in Wakaliga a Kampala suburb.

The lawyers stated that prosecution through out the trial, did not provide any evidence from an independent witness out of the four witnesses including any staff of Vine Tea Hotel , footage from a surveillance camera, a ballistic report or an Investigating officer who would have proved beyond reasonable doubt that Kitata was indeed in possession of the guns in the said hotel.

During the trial two out of the four state witnesses including the arresting officer claimed that they had arrested Kitata and also recovered the said items on Kitata from his hotel room.

According to Sanywa, his client’s prosecution is cosmetic and one intended at pleasing the public since parliament had already singled out Kitatta as one of the alleged untouchable because he was close to now former Inspector General of police General Kale Kayihura.

Sanywa says his client should be set free since the stated two guns were given to him by police as it was stated by the jailed SIU commandant Nixon Agasirwe .

Sanya also claims that his client Can not be the owner of the alleged guns and army uniforms as stated by the state since by the time of their arrests neither him or his nine co accused were present in the said hotel room and the security agency did not have a search certificate
as they carried out a search at their offices in Lubaga.

Kitata and his co accused have been further remanded to Luzira prison were they have been on remand since February 2018.

On the 25th of March, the former patron of the defunct boda boda 2010 group was forced to pre maturely ended his defense witnesses failed to turn up in court t to testify in his favor

The summoned witnesses who were meant to appear before the army court were Private Kenneth Okello in charge of Old Kampala police Armory , Sgt. Allan Matsiko who was Kitata’s second body guard and the owner of Vine Tea Hotel where Kitata was arrested on the 22nd of February 2018.

His lawyer had told court that they had issued summons requiring the three to appear in court to testify and convince court that Kitata is innocent and were dully served and received by the police Headquarters at Naguru and Vine Tea Hotel but the alleged witnesses refused to show up.

prosecution also asked the General court martial to remand Kitata back to a civilian prison at Kigo from Makindye Military police barracks where he was transferred due to security reasons and albeit that had been taken on his life while at Luzira prison.

Kitata was then remanded to Luzira prison after the court chair ruled that it’s nearer than Kigo prison and that Kitata will be more safer there since his case is almost coming to an end.

On the 18th of this month, the former commander of the special Police Investigations Unit (SIU) SSP Nixon Agasirwe failed to show any evidence to prove that former IGP Gen. Kale Kaihura ordered that Kitata be given guns for security reasons.

Agasirwe who is also on remand at Makindye military barracks over kidnapping Rwandese and illegally taking them back home appeared before the General court Martial as Kitata’s witnesses.

This is after, Kitata listed Agasirwe as one of his witnesses to prove his innocence.

He informed the court that it was his former boss, also former Inspector General of police General Kale Kaihura who instructed him to give Kitata three guns and a body guard a one Sowali Ngobi.

He further explained that this was because Kitata had become an informant of police after the 2010 Buganda Riots .

However, when Agasirwe was asked for any proof to show that Gen.Kaihura issued to him instructions or order to issue Kitata with guns, Agasirwe could not show any evidence.

He instead told court that the IGP did not issue any written order but it was verbally issued.

Agasirwe’s testimony follows after Kitatta, while defending himself in January this year informed court that he requested security from Gen.Kaihura in exchange for information that would lead to the arrest of criminals and rioters in Kampala .

And as a result, Gen.Kaihura who is also a suspect together with Agasirwe on also charges of failing to protect war materials but out on bail then ordered that a police body guard and guns be given to Kitata to keep him safe as an informant.

However, prosecution is accusing Kitata of illegally and unlawfully being in possession of the said guns for the past eight years since the said guns are only a monopoly of the Army .

On the 7th of January this year, the former leader of the defunct Boda -Boda 2010 began his defense and wore through the Quran to give his sworn in evidence which will give the state a chance to cross examine him on his defense.

He 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 that state says are a monopoly of the army.

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

However Kitata through his lawyer Shaban Sanywa, 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.

Kitata 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 has made one year on remand at Makindye military barracks after having his bail application declined then advised the army court to instead ask Ngobi on how the alleged items reached in his car.

He 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 denied being a leader or member of Boda -boda 2010 group clarifying that he is only in charge of two 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). As a result he 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 beginning his defense, Kitata 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 then urged Lt Gen Andrew Gutti to look at the footage caught on a CCTV camera at Vine Hotel before making his decision.

State wants Kitata and others convicted

By Sania Babirye

The state has asked the army court to find guilty and consequently convict the jailed Boda -boda 2010 chairman Hajji Abdullah Kitata and his co accused.

These are charged with unlawful possession of firearms , ammunition and Military gear.

While making their final submissions before the General court martial sitting in Makindye which is chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti, Raphael Mugisha the state prosecutor informed court that they had adduced sufficient evidence to prove the charges against Kitata and his co accused.

On the 8th of this month, Kitata’s defense team closed their case and asked court to acquit him.

These led by Shaban sanya told the army court that their client is innocent and should be freed on all charges on grounds that prosecution failed to adduce sufficient evidence to prove the alleged charges including the required ingredients in the said charges.

According to Kitata’s defense team, the state did not produce any concrete evidence to link Kitata to the recovered golden pistol and an SMG riffle which were allegedly found on him at the time of his arrest in a Hotel room at Vine Tea hotel in Wakaliga a Kampala suburb.

The lawyers stated that prosecution through out the trial, did not provide any evidence from an independent witness out of the four witnesses including any staff of Vine Tea Hotel , footage from a surveillance camera, a ballistic report or an Investigating officer who would have proved beyond reasonable doubt that Kitata was indeed in possession of the guns in the said hotel.

During the trial two out of the four state witnesses including the arresting officer claimed that they had arrested Kitata and also recovered the said items on kitata from his hotel room.

According to Sanywa, his client’s prosecution is cosmetic and one intended at pleasing the public since parliament had already singled out Kitata as one of the alleged untouchable

Kitata’s lawyer demands that court acquits his client

By Sania Babirye

Lawyers representing jailed Boda -boda 2010 chairman Hajji Abdullah Kitatta have asked the General court martial sitting in Makindye to acquit kitata of charges of unlawful possession of firearms , ammunition and Military gear.

While concluding their submissions today, the lawyers led by Shaban sanya have told the army court chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti that their client is innocent and should be freed on all charges on grounds that prosecution has failed to adduce sufficient evidence to prove the alleged charges including the required ingredients in the said charges.

According to Kitata’s defense team, the state did not produce any concrete evidence to link Kitata to the recovered golden pistol and an SMG riffle which were allegedly found on him at the time of his arrest in a Hotel room at Vine Tea hotel in Wakaliga a Kampala suburb.

The lawyers stated that prosecution through out the trial, did not provide any evidence from an independent witness out of the four witnesses including any staff of Vine Tea Hotel , footage from a surveillance camera, a ballistic report or an Investigating officer who would have proved beyond reasonable doubt that Kitata was indeed in possession of the guns in the said hotel.

During the trial two out of the four state witnesses including the arresting officer claimed that they had arrested Kitata and also recovered the said items on Kitata from his hotel room.

According to Sanywa, his client’s prosecution is cosmetic and one intended at pleasing the public since parliament had already singled out Kitata as one of the alleged untouchable because he was close to now former Inspector General of police General Kale Kayihura.

Sanywa says his client should be set free since the stated two guns were given to him by police as it was stated by the jailed SIU commandant Nixon Agasirwe .

Sanya also claims that his client Can not be the owner of the alleged guns and army uniforms as stated by the state since by the time of their arrests neither him or his nine co accused were present in the said hotel room and the security agency did not have a search certificate
as they carried out a search at their offices in Lubaga.

Meanwhile the state did not file their response after prosecution’s lead counsel Maj. Rapheal Mugisha asked court for more time to enable him organise his response forcing the court to adjourn the case to the 23rd of April.

Kitata and his co accused have also been further remanded to Luzira prison.

On the 25th of March, the former patron of the defunct bodaboda 2010 group was forced to prematurely ended his defense witnesses failed to turn up in court t to testify in his favor

The summoned witnesses who were meant to appear before the army court were Private Kenneth Okello in charge of Old Kampala police Armory , Sgt. Allan Matsiko who was Kitata’s second body guard and the owner of Vine Tea Hotel where Kitata was arrested on the 22nd of February 2018.

His lawyer had told court that they had issued summons requiring the three to appear in court to testify and convince court that Kitata is innocent and were dully served and received by the police Headquarters at Naguru and Vine Tea Hotel but the alleged witnesses refused to show up.

prosecution also asked the General court martial to remand Kitata back to a civilian prison at Kigo from Makindye Military police barracks where he was transferred due to security reasons and albeit that had been taken on his life while at Luzira prison.

Kitata was then remanded to Luzira prison after the court chair ruled that it’s nearer than Kigo prison and that Kitata will be more safer there since his case is almost coming to an end.

On the 18th of this month, the former commander of the special Police Investigations Unit (SIU) SSP Nixon Agasirwe failed to show any evidence to prove that former IGP Gen. Kale Kaihura ordered that Kitata be given guns for security reasons.

Kitata is on charges of unlawful possession of firearms and army Uniforms. Agasirwe who is also on remand at Makindye military barracks over kidnapping Rwandans and illegally taking them back home appeared before the General court Martial as Kitata’s witness.

This is after, Kitata listed Agasirwe as one of his witnesses to prove his innocence.

He informed the court that it was his former boss, also former Inspector General of police General Kale Kaihura who instructed him to give Kitata three guns and a body guard a one Sowali Ngobi.

He further explained that this was because Kitata had become an informant of police after the 2010 Buganda Riots .

However, when Agasirwe was asked for any proof to show that Gen.Kaihura issued to him instructions or order to issue Kitata with guns, Agasirwe could not show any evidence.

He instead told court that the IGP did not issue any written order but it was verbally issued.

Agasirwe’s testimony follows after Kitata, while defending himself in January this year informed court that he requested security from Gen.Kaihura in exchange for information that would lead to the arrest of criminals and rioters in Kampala .

And as a result, Gen.Kaihura who is also a suspect together with Agasirwe on also charges of failing to protect war materials but out on bail then ordered that a police body guard and guns be given to Kitata to keep him safe as an informant.

However, prosecution is accusing Kitata of illegally and unlawfully being in possession of the said guns for the past eight years since the said guns are only a monopoly of the Army .

On the 7th of January this year, the former leader of the defunct Boda -Boda 2010 began his defense and wore through the Quran to give his sworn in evidence which will give the state a chance to cross examine him on his defense.

He 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 that state says are a monopoly of the army.

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

However Kitata through his lawyer Shaban Sanywa, K 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.

Kitata 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 has made one year on remand at Makindye military barracks after having his bail application declined then advised the army court to instead ask Ngobi on how the alleged items reached in his car.

He further revealed to court when asked on how he inquired the bodyguard, that that during the 2010 Buganda Kingdom riots , he reached out to his party’s national chairman President M7 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 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 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 beginning his defense, Kitata 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 then urged Lt Gen Andrew Gutti to look at the footage caught on a CCTV camera at Vine Hotel before making his decision.

Court to summarize evidence against Kitata, judgement set for 6th

Traders around Qualicel bus terminal and Nabukera Plaza along Nabugabo road in down town Kampala have today once again closed there shops after the land Lords of the two buildings decided to cut off the electricity .

According to one of the traders Joel kakembo who narrates that , “we decided to close the buildings because our land Lords decided to cut off power giving reasons that we have not paid power for quite some time yet we do , so we didn’t see any reason of working on the dark hence closing the
whole building until the issue is resolved “.
Kakembo insisted that the electrician of the current administration of Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu removed the meters we have used to clear the power bills.
This has Prompted Hon. Member of Parliament for Kampala Muhammad Nsereko to intervene and caution Government and KCCA to put up accounts which will help stop such issues from rising up again, he later also warned in the Presence of Anti riot Police and military police that this issues might cause disorder in the city if not hundled well .
The trader who were angry and anxious wanted also to know who is the rightful owner of two buildings and emplored court to have a firm decision on the matter soon .
It should be noted that this confusion has come after the death of Charles Muhangi who was the owner of the two buildings after court’s decision. Last month Police guided by the letter from Police Director Legal Erasmus Twarukuhwa directed that Drake Lubega and Yanga Matovu could take back ownership of the buildings , a decision that has left traders in disarray.
After receiving the letter, the DPC central police station ( CPS) Ronald Wotwali led the team of police officers and military police to help in implementing the order of helping Drake Lubega, and young to gain owner ship of the buildings from the administration of late Charles Muhangi who insisted from leaving the building until they over powered them.
It also comes after police Spent the whole of yesterday afternoon battling with traders after they had decided to close their shops in Protest of double payment of rent.
The traders wondered how the wrangles around the owner ship of the Qualicel bus terminal and Nabukera plaza will end as they continue to close their shop for the second day.
This follows a directive from the two current Tycoons Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young to pay 5 month worth of rent arleady paid to the late Charles Muhangi when he was running the property.
The traders were holding placards, singing a song praising the administration of the late Charles Muhangi, while others were burning car tyres in the middle of the road and also stoning police forced them to answer with teargas and live bullets.
The angry traders were complaining double payment of the rent which brings confusion down town Kampala.
Traders further adds that they paid the rent of four month to the late Charles Muhangi, but the current landlord Drake Lubega and Young Matovu insisted wanted them to pay again.
The two buildings has been a source of dispute for nearly 15 year’s after Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu claimed owner ship against former rally ace the late Charles Muhangi.
Last year president Museveni meet with three Tycoons over the owner ship of the two buildings Qualicel bus terminal, and Nabukera plaza and promised to settle the disagreement
Muhangi died last year a few weeks after court had ruled in his favour as the right full ownership of the terminal.

Kitata blames contradiction in statements on overstay on remand

By Sania Babirye
The troubled bodaboda 2010 leader Abdallah Kitata has finally told court that he was the patron of the defunct association contradicting his first statement but blamed the contradictions on memory loss.

Kitata had returned before the General court Martial today for further defense.
And while defending himself, the troubled Kitata contradicted his 7th January defense in which he claimed that he was not the leader of BodaBoda 2010 group but was instead the chairman of the National Union of Drivers, Cyclists and Allied Workers in Uganda (NUDCAW).

But while appearing before the seven Member team chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti, Kitatta surprised court when he accepted being the association”s patron but not the chairman.

To justify the difference, Kitata explained that as a patron, he mobilized boda -Boda riders to support the activities of the ruling NRM , lure and recruit them into the party and discourage them to being against government activities .

He also accepted to have undergone a muchaka- muchaka course at Kyankwanzi and that shooting at close range was part of the training that he underwent yet he had earlier denied ever holding a gun for the 40 years of he has been on this earth.

His response followed after Brigadier Joseph Arocha one of the seven members of the army court asked him if he was not taught how to hold a gun at a short range shooting, which is a requirement for every NRM cadre.

However, Kitata maintained that an alleged golden pistol and SMG riffle that prosecutions claimed to have found in his hotel room in Wakaliga did mot belong to him.

Kitata further amazed court when he attributed his contradictions in his defense due to memory loss caused by the long time he has spent on remand at Makindye military barracks were he has been since February 2019.

Kitata began his defense on the 7th of January 2018 by denying all the charges sanctioned on him including being in unlawful possession of a pistol and also being a leader of the notorious Bodaboda 2010 group that terrorized many Ugandans.

He swore by the Quran to give his sworn in evidence before the seven member team chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew and informed court that he intends to produce three witnesses including his driver Ibrahim Sekajja and bodyguard Sowali Ngobi to prove his innocence but these are all charged with Kitata.

Through his lawyer Shaban Sanywa, Kitata 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.

Kitata 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 then advised the army court to instead ask Ngobi on how the alleged items reached in his car.

He 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 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 denied having any connection and knowledge of the Millitary uniforms and caps that the army says were recovered from the offices of Boda- boda 2010 at Nateete.

While beginning his defense, Kitata 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.

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
Kitata during his arrest at Vine Tea Hotel in Wakaliga.

The said items are said to be a monopoly of the army.

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.

Kitata’s lawyers demand his release from military court

By Sania Babirye

Defense lawyers representing jailed Boda-Boda 2010 patron Abdullah Kitata have asked the General Court Martial to set him free saying he is being maliciously prosecuted as the charges were brought against him by the state to purposely keep him way from society.

The team led by Shaban Sanywa contends that the state’s bad faith is exhibited in failure to lead evidence from an independent witness such as the manager of Vine Hotel Wakaliga where Kitata was allegedly arrested from and instead decided to rely only on the evidence of 4 UPDF officers (attached to CMI) to have Kitata defend himself .

Sanywa has also faulted the state for failing to adduce the evidence of an investigating officer and any expert witness who would have guided court on what happened at the scene of crime(-Vine Hotel) , if they had access to the footage caught on the CCTV or whether there were any forensic examinations done to establish if the golden pistol, ammunition and military uniforms which prosecution brought as exhibits in court indeed had been touched by Kitata.

The Lawyer further contends that failure to bring any evidence inform of an endorsed search warrant and certificate to show who and how the said items were allegedly recovered from the offices of Boda-boda 2010 , moved and stored too weakened prosecution’s case .

Sanywa adds that prosecution hid these witnesses in bad faith because it knew that the evidence they would give would not be in their favor to place any of the suspects at the scene of crime because they had arrested all the 13 accused before raiding to search the offices of Boda -boda 2010.

Sanywa then asked the seven member court led by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti to acquit Kitata and the group because prosecution has not made out a case to warrant them offer an explanation to the nation how they came to possess the guns and Military uniforms.

kitatta and the group are on remand at Makindye police Military barracks and Luzira prison respectively since February on charges of unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and Military hardware which prosecution says its a monopoly of only the UPDF.

Court has adjourned the case to the 10th/December to enable prosecution ably respond to Kitata’s lawyers before it goes a head to pronounce itself on the same .

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.