Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The patron of Boda-Boda 2010 and also Rubaga NRM Chairman Abdalla Kitata and 11 other people on Tuesday appeared before the General Court Martial in Makindye where they faced charges of unlawful possession of firearms and military stores.
However they all refused to plead to the charges before the seven member court chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti, saying they are not military officers to be charged before an Army Court.
Lt. Gen. Gutti then warned that he may be forced to take serious decisions regarding their behaviour, of contempt of Court, yet they are charged with grave offences.
The charge sheet indicates that Kitata, Ibrahim Sekajja and Sowali Ngobi are the only ones who were found with firearms and ammunition, while the rest of the accused persons; Joel Kibirige, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Sebatta, Jonathan Kayondo, Hassan Ssengoba, Sande Semwogere, John Ssebabdeke, Hussein Mugerwa and Fred Bwanika were found in possession of military gear and uniforms.
Court heard that on January 21, 2018 at Vine Hotel in Wakaliga within Kampala city, Kitata, Sekajja and Ngobi while in motor vehicle Reg. Number UAK 135B, were found in possession of a submachine gun, 3 pistols , 59 rounds of live ammunition, without a valid firearm certificate.
All the items found on the suspects are ordinarily a monopoly of the UPDF, according to prosecution’s Major Rapheal Mugisha.
Kitata and the group were represented by Counsel Joseph Kiryowa and a UPDF provided lawyer Capt. Brian Mogi.
They have now been remanded to Luzira prison till the February 27, 2018 to allow their lawyers ample time to talk to them.
Kitata and co-accused have been in custody at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence headquarters Mbuya and Kigo government prison since their arrest on the January 21, 2018.