Abdu Kitata in the dock

The chairman of General Court Martial, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, has ordered for transfer of the embattled patron of Boda-Boda 2010, Abdullah Kitatta to Luzira maximum prison over allegations that the facility was putting his life in danger.

His transfer followed a request made by army’s prosecutor Capt. Samuel Masereka who informed court that it’s now safe to remand Kitatta to Luzira prison as his case is coming to an end.

Capt. Masereka revealed that Kitatta was transferred to military detention facility following previous attempt on his life however, said that he will be safe since security has been boosted at Luzira prison.

Kitatta’s lawyer Shaban Sanywa argued the decision to transfer his client without guaranteeing him safety saying Kitatta was transferred form Luzira prison for his safety.

He objected to the transfer of his client however, Court chairman insisted and remanded him to Luzira till April 8, 2019 when his will came up for hearing.

Conversely, prosecution closed its case after three of their witnesses declined to testify against Kitatta. The witnesses included; Sargent Allan Matsiko, one of Kitatta’s bodyguards, Private Kenneth Okello who was reportedly in charge of the Armory where the said guns were obtained and the Manager of Vine Hotel where Kitatta was allegedly nabbed from.

Speaking journalist Sanywa said his client would be safe if he was remained in military detention facility other than any other facility.

Kitatta was in January arrested by a joint force of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) and is currently facing five counts including failure to protect war material and being in unlawful possession of military stores contrary to the UPDF Act.

His co-accused include Sowali Ngobi, Amon Twinomujuni, Joel Kibirige, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssebata and Johnson Kayondo. The others are Hassan Ssengoba, Sunday Ssemwogerere, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Ibrahim Sekajja.