Makindye General Court martial (GCM), has sentenced the patron for Boda-Boda 2010, Abdallah Kitatta and his bodyguard Ngobi Sowali, to eighty years in prison on two counts of illegal possession of firearms.
Yesterday, Court martial, chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Guti found him and his bodyguard Ngobi Sowali guilty of two counts of unlawful possession of firearms contrary to the firearms act.
The judgement based on evidences adduced from Private Richard Kasaija, Corporal Richard Wanyama, a detective attached to the Directorate of Counter Terrorism and the then, Captain David Agaba, a detective from the Chieftaincy Military Intelligence (CMI).
Court found Kitatta guilty of illegal possession of golden pistol, Sowali was also found guilty of illegal possession of an SMG Gun and rounds of ammunitions. Court also acquitted their co-accused of all charges leveled against them.
The acquitted include Ibrahim Ssekajja, John Ssebandeke, Fred Bwanika, Matia Ssenfuka, Hussein Mugema, Hassan Ssebata, Amon Twinomujuni, and Joel Kibirige.
In a judgement delivered by Lt Gen Guti, the two were supposed to be sentenced to 10 years in prison however basing on 16 months they have been on remand, they were sentenced to 8years, 8months and 6days in prison.
Earlier their layer Shaban Sanywa, argued that Kitatta is diabetic, is the chairperson of NRM in Rubaga division, has a family and children to look after and therefore he should be given a lighter sentence. He added that his clients have no criminal record against them.
The convicts were in January 2017, 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.