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Court martial again denies Kitatta bail

COURT | For the umpteenth time, the General Court Martial has denied bail to Boda boda 2010 supremo Abdallah Kitatta.

The Makindye-based court under the stewardship of Lt Gen Andrew Gutti denied Kitatta his freedom on grounds “being a prominent figure in society he is likely to interfere with investigations.”

Though Kitatta’s legal team had prayed that he should granted his freedom because he is suffering from several ailments which can’t be treated at Makindye Military Barracks where he is incarcerated, the military court was having none of it.

“No evidence has been provided to show that his sickness cannot be handled by prison authorities,”Gutti said, adding that the charges against Kitatt are capital in nature and “releasing him could see him abscond.”

Last month, Kitatta was denied bail on similar grounds but he wasn’t deterred. He decided to take his chances when his former boss and former police chief Kale Kayihura was given bail.

Once NRM’s chairman for Lubaga division, Kitatta was arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) in January and he was charged together with his associates; Joel Kibirige, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssebata, Jonathan Kayondo, Hassan Ssengoba, Sunday Ssemogerere, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika, Amon Twinomujuni, Sowali Ngoobi and Ibrahim Sekajja.

Prosecution alleges that Kitatta, Sowali Ngobi and Ibrahim Ssekajja were found in unlawful possession of an SMG rifle and a pistol without a valid firearm license, contrary to Section 3 and section 2 of the fire arms act on January 21st in Wakaliga, Rubaga division.

The group is also accused of unlawful possession of 30 and 20 rounds of ammunition for SMG rifles and pistol respectively which are government stores contrary to section 161 of the UPDF Act.

The army also accuses the group of unlawful possession of military equipment including headgear and uniforms which are a monopoly of the defence forces.

The offences against the group are criminal in nature and attract maximum sentences of death and life imprisonment respectively according to the UPDF Act 2005.

It is not yet clear what Kitatta’s next move will be after all three attempts to get bail have been snubbed by the court.

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