Abdallah Kitatta remanded again

The embattled patron of the notorious Boda Boda 2010 group Hajji Abdallah Kitatta has been sent back to Luzira prison after a dramatic trial at the General Court Martial sitting at Makindye.

Kitatta appeared with his 12 co-accused for the hearing hearing of his bail application which was however rejected by the military court.

The group faces five counts including being found in unlawful possession of an AK-47 sub-machine gun, a pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition.

There was heated argument between prosecution and defence especially after army prosecutor Maj. Raphael Mugisha called to the stand their third witness Richard Kasaija.

For the defence side, this was a hijack since they had not been briefed about the witness prior to his appearing.

Defence lawyer Shaban Sanywa argued that prosecution need to furnish the defence team with the particulars of witnesses before they are presented to testify in court.

Sanywa’s plea was granted by the Court martial chairman Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti who directed prosecution to disclose all their evidence to the defence for the smooth running of the case.

He gave the prosecution up to May 15 to furnish the defence lawyers with the evidence they intend to use in court.

Kitatta’s bail application will be heard again on May 7.
The Lubaga division NRM chairman applied for bail on March 27 citing health issues.

Prosecution is opposed to his bail application on grounds that Kitatta may interfere with witnesses once released on bail.

This is based on an affidavit sworn by Maj. Dennis Katambuka, an investigator attached to the Cheiftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).

The same affidavit also claimed that Kitatta did not present substantial sureties since even his biological father Hajji Muhammad Nabugoba could not tell the NRM boss’ age.

Sanywa however called Maj Katambuka’s affidavit defective since the deponent mentioned lawyers but failed to name any.

“This could put the court in Jeopardy incase these were found non existent in real sense,” Sanywa argued.

He also argued that the affidavit did not dispute any facts presented by defence in application for the bail.

“The medical record has not been in anyway challenged by the prosecution side,” Sanywa said.
Sanywa demanded that prosecution presents exhibits and their specifications to allow for proper investigation and analysis.

Prosecution alleges that Kitatta was on January 21 found at Vinetea Hotel in Wakaliga in possession of SMG gun and pistols without a valid fire arm certificate.
His co-accused are, Matia Ssenfuka, Joel Kibirige, Hussein Mugema and Jonathan Kayondo.

Others are, Sowali Ngobi, Amon Twinomujuni, Hassan Sebatta, Johnson Kayondo, Hassan Sengooba, Sunday Ssemwogerere, John Ssebandeke, Fred Bwanika and Ibrahim Ssekajja.