In its closing arguments, prosecution led by Lt. Col. Raphael Mugisha informed court that the four prosecution witnesses clearly indicated that the suspects were found in possession of 55 rounds of ammunition, two pistols , Sub Machine Gun, military capes and uniforms.
Boda Boda 2010 Suspects at Makindye Military Court
asked the General Court martial to convict the Boda Boda 2010 suspects for
unlawful possession of fire arms and military stores, saying there is
overwhelming evidence implicating them.
The suspects are Abdullah Kitata, the Patron Boda Boda 2010
Association, his driver, Ibrahim Sekajja, bodyguard, Sowali Ngobi, Joel
Kibirige, Fred Bwanika, Amon Twinomujuni, John Ssebandeke, Hassan Ssebata,
Matia Senfuka and Hussein Mugema.
In its closing arguments,
prosecution led by Lt. Col. Raphael Mugisha informed court that the four
prosecution witnesses clearly indicated that the suspects were found in
possession of 55 rounds of ammunition, two pistols , Sub Machine
Gun, military capes and uniforms.
The witnesses included Private Richard Kasaija, Corporal Richard Wanyama, a
CMI detective attached to the Directorate of Counter Terrorism, Major David
Agaba, the former operations Commander at CMI and Corporal Alex Baguma, the
driver of the vehicle that picked up the suspects.
Mugisha criticized the defense assertion that the firearms
found with Kitatta were signed by his body guard from the police armory, noting
that there is no evidence to that effect.
suspects presented Nickson Agasirwe, the former Commandant of the Police Special
Investigations Unit-SIU to confirm that police armed the suspects, Mugisha said
the witness was unreliable since he rose through the police ranks in unclear
manner having joined in 2009.
He also explained that Agasirwe didn’t follow the right
procedures while handing over the firearms to the suspects.
According to Police Standing Orders, a police officer
acquires a firearm upon writing to the IGP with an attention note to the
Director of Logistics, indicating the reasons for the request.
But the gun cannot
be issued until the IGP sanctions the request with a written directive to the
Director in Charge of Logistics. Agasirwe acted
on a verbal order, according to his testimony.
allegations by Kitata’s lawyers led by Shaban Sanywa that prosecution declined
to produce the CCTV footage showing his arrest, saying they didn’t have
interest in the said footage.
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Kitata and his co accused were arrested from various places
in Rubaga Division including Boda Boda 2010 offices and Vine Tea Hotel between
January 19th and 21st 2018.
They were denied bail and have since been in detention. The
case has been adjourned to April, 29th, 2019 for Kitatta’s lawyers to make
their final submissions.