The military court sitting in Makindye barracks has sent Boda Boda 2010 leader Abdullah Kitata back on remand until May 21, 2018.
This came after the state prosecutor Capt Ambrose Baguma contested Mr Kitata’s bail application, arguing that Kitata had failed to produce substantial sureties.
Capt Baguma presented before court an affidavit sworn by one of the CMI investigators Maj. Dennis Katambuka stating that there are high chances that Kitata will interfere with witnesses once released on bail since their particulars are already known to him.
Maj. Katambuka also stated that Kitata’s biological father Hajji Muhammad Nabugoba, who was one of the sureties presented could not tell how old his son is.
Maj. Katambuka told court in his affidavit that Kitata may fail to turn up in court for trial yet he is charged with grave offenses.
The Court’s chairman Lt.Gen. Andrew Gutti said he will rule on this matter on the May 7, 2018.
Kitata applied to be temporarily released from prison where he has been booked since February on grounds that he has a health condition which can not be adequately treated while he is on remand at Makindye police Millitary barracks.
Kitata faces 5 counts of being in unlawful possession of an SMG gun, 3 pistols and 50 rounds of live ammunition.According to Prosecution the above items are a monoploy of the UPDF.
Kitatta and his co-accused persons, all members of infamous Boda boda 2010 were first charged before Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence’s (CMI) Unit Disciplinary Court (UDC) at Mbuya with five counts, one of which is failure to protect war materials that attracts a death sentence on conviction.
The suspects were arraigned before the military courts under section 119 of the UPDF Act that provides for persons subject to military law.
Section 119 (1) (h), (i) provides that any person found in unlawful possession of arms, ammunitions or equipment ordinarily being the monopoly of the Defence Forces, becomes subject to military law.
Kitatta was arrested on January 20 this year, a day after CMI apprehended his young brother Huzairu Kiwalabye in connection with the kidnap and killing of Case Hospital accountant, Francis Ekalungar.
Ekalungar was kidnapped on January 2 as he took the hospital’s money worth Shs15m to the bank. His body was discovered a day later at Kajjansi, burnt beyond recognition.
CMI took over investigation into Ekalungar’s gruesome murder after police detectives claimed they were stuck with case since it involved Boda boda 2010 a group that was loyal to Gen Kale Kayihura.