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Wanyama explains that he handed the two suspects he had gone to pick and the five rowdy Boda boda motorists to Captain Agaba at Kisekka market military barracks. He told the General Court Martial chaired by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti after handing over the suspects he didnt know what transpired later.
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Seven of the thirteen suspects being tried jointly with Abdullah Kitatta, the patron of Boda Boda 2010 Association are wrongly charged, according to a prosecution witness. Richard Wanyama, the Senior Field Tracker attached to the Chieftaincy Military Intelligence in the Directorate of Counter Terrorism told the General Court Martial on Monday he picked up five of the suspects for obstructing operations.

They are Hassan Ssengooba, Joel Kibirige, Fred Bwanika, Sande Ssemwogerere and John Ssebandeke. According to Wanyama, on January 19th, 2018 he was directed by his superior, Captain David Agaba to pick up Deo Yiga and Huzair Kiwalabye in relation to the murder of Francis Ekalungar, the Accountant of Case Clinic.

Wanyama explained that he went with seven operatives from CMI to Nateete Police Station and notified the Officer in Charge about their mission in the area. The witness told court that as he was still talking to the OC Natete Police Station, he received a call from Captain Agaba telling him that he was delaying the operation since their target was Kiwalabye. 

He explained that they tracked the suspect on his phone, which showed that he was at Busega Roundabout. Wanyama says hurriedly moved to Busega Police Post and reported their presence in the area before moving to the roundabout. Wanyama recounted that they found Kiwalabye and Yiga at the roundabout and he introduced himself to them that he was an operative from CMI who had come to arrest them. 

The suspects complied and entered a numberless white van when he assured them that they were in safe hands. He however, says that before he could deliver the suspects to Captain Agaba rowdy Boda boda cyclists started pelting the operatives with stones protesting the arrest of their colleagues. According to Wanyama, the operatives picked up the five suspects for obstructing their operations, malicious damage and assault.

Wanyama explains that he handed the two suspects he had gone to pick and the five rowdy Boda boda motorists to Captain Agaba at Kisekka market military barracks. He told the General Court Martial chaired by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti after handing over the suspects he didn't know what transpired later. The five suspects are jointly charged with Kitatta for illegal possession of firearms and military equipment, which are a preserve of the army. 

The suspects are accused of being found in possession of two pistols, an AK 47 rifle, 55 live ammunition and UPDF attires including capes and uniforms. The other suspects are Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssemata, Jonathan Kayondo, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Amon Twinomujuni. 

On Monday afternoon, Kitatta's lawyer, Shaban Sanywa asked court to subject all the weapons paraded before court as exhibits to ballistic texting to ascertain whether they were found with the suspects. The court martial chairman, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti said it is not necessary at this time and adjourned the matter to September, 25th, 2018 for further hearing. 

Shortly after the court session, Sanywa and Kitatta's relatives blasted the media for reporting false information indicating that Kitatta has sacked his legal team.

 

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Sanywa said Wanyama's testimony was useless basing on the charges against the suspects.

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