Army court convicts Abdallah Kitatta

The General Court Martial sitting at Makindye in Kampala has found Abdallah Kitatta, the NRM chairman for Lubaga division who is also the former patron of the notorious BodaBoda 2010 guilty of unlawful possession of firearms.

Kitatta who was arrested in January 2018 from Vine Tea Hotel, Wakaliga in Lubaga division was however acquitted of charges of possession of military uniforms and caps.

Before his arrest, Kitatta wielded a lot of power within NRM and security circles, frequently shouting down politicians and security chiefs who disagreed with former Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura.

He also had a direct ear of President Yoweri Museveni which gave him guts to participate in the breaking up of opposition gatherings in Kampala.

But his time ran out at the beginning of last year when the then Security Minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde commanded the CMI to raid Kitatta’s bases and arrested several members of the Boda Boda 2010 group who were accused of participation in various types of criminal activity.

Kitatta has been convicted with his police bodyguard Sowali Ngobi over the same charge of illegal possession of a firearm – an SMG rifle but acquitted on the charge of being in unlawful possession of a pistol which was proved to have been given to him by the Uganda Police Force for the discharge of his duties.

The Court’s chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti ruled that the prosecution had adduced enough evidence to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that Kitatta and his bodyguard were in possession of firearms, military wear and ammunition which are a preserve of the UPDF.

Gutti however acquitted Joel Kibirige, Matia Senfuka, Hassan Sebatta, John Sebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Amon Twinomujuni who were on the same charge sheet with Kitatta.

The convicts will be returned to court tomorrow (Tuesday) for sentencing. Thier offences attract a maximum sentence of 10 years.