Kitatta handed 10 year-jail-term

Abdallah Kitatta, the NRM chairman for Lubaga division has been sentenced to a 10 year jail term for illegal possession of firearms, a day after he was convicted by the army court.

Lt Gen Andrew Gutti read the sentence to Kitatta and his bodyguard Sowali Ngobi shortly before 11:00am on Tuesday.

The sentence was however discounted by one year, four months and 24 days; the time Kitatta has been on remand.

This means that Kitatta, who until his arrest in January 2018 wielded so much power, will spend eight years, eight months and six days in jail.

Using his Boda Boda 2010 group that he led as patron, Kitatta excuted various political and security assignments targeting Opposition politicians.

Clad in a trademark yellow T-shirt –  a colour used by the ruling NRM party, Kitatta looked on in disbelief as Gutti handed him the maximum sentence for the offence.

But he remained composed much as his family and friends were heartbroken by the sentence. They hoped for a lighter sentence since most of Kitatta’s activities were in the name of the government and NRM.