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Kitatta Makes Second Attempt at Bail Application :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kitatta Makes Second Attempt at Bail Application

Kitattas first application was denied in June 2018 on the ground that the sureties provided were not substantial enough to compel him to appear in court and his connections in police could help him interfere with investigations.
Abdullah Kitatta in the dock at the General Court Martial in Makindye
Abdullah Kitatta, the patron of Bodaboda 2010 has made a second application to be released by the General Court Martial. Kitatta is charged with being in illegal possession of warfare materials, a monopoly of armed forces.

Kitatta's first application was denied in June 2018 on the ground that the sureties provided were not substantial enough to compel him to appear in court and his connections in police could help him interfere with investigations.

Today's application comes barely a week after the General Court Martial granted bail to the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura, who was charged for issuing guns to members of Boda-boda 2010, a group of vigilantes headed by Abdallah Kitatta. The group was on several occasions accused of disrupting opposition rallies in several parts of the country.

Today, Kitatta tried his luck again and asked the court to release him on the ground that his health was deteriorating and Makindye Military Barracks where he is detained cannot offer him the specialized treatment that he is badly in need of.

Through his lawyer Siena Owomugisha, Kitatta also argued that bail was his constitutional right and he has a place of abode in areas near the jurisdiction of the Court Martial. He tabled documentary evidence that he has three places of abode near the General Court Martial which included Nakasaja in Mukono, Lubaga Division and Entebbe Road.

Kitatta produced three sureties who included a state House employee identified Sulaiman Walusimbi. Walusimbi told Court that he is Public Relations Officer in State House Nakasero. The second surety was Mohammad Kibirige, the General Secretary of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party in Rubaga Division and the third was Abu Matovu the Chairman LCI Ddundu Parish, Kyampisi Sub County in Mukono District.

Prosecution led by Maj Raphael Mugisha, however, asked the court to grant them two weeks to allow them to peruse through the application which was filed on August 30, 2018, as well as details of the sureties so as to file a response to the application.

Lt Gen Andrew Guti, the chairman of the General Court Martial allowed the request of the prosecution and adjourned the application hearing to September 17, 2018.

Kitatta was arrested in January 2018 together with 10 other Bodaboda 2010 members who include; Matia Senfuka, Joel Kibirige, Hassan Ssemata, Jonathan Kayondo, Ssengooba Hassan, Sande Ssemwogerere, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Amon Twinomujuni. They were all charged with offences related to unlawful possession of military hardware.

The prosecution alleges that on January 21, 2018, in Wakaliga, Rubaga division, Abdallah Kitatta, Sowali Ngobi and Ibrahim Sekajja were found in unlawful possession of a Sub Machine Gun rifle having police registration numbers and a pistol without a valid firearm license, contrary to Section 3 and section 2 of the Fire Arms Act.

The ten are also accused of unlawful possession of 30 and 20 rounds of ammunition for SMG rifles and pistol contrary to section 161 of the UPDF Act.

They are alleged to have also been found in unlawful possession of military equipment including headgear and uniforms which are a monopoly of the defence forces.

Kitatta has since sued the Attorney General and the General Court Martial in the High Court civil division for charging him in a military court yet he is not a member of the armed forces.

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