By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. The General Court Martial has again denied bail to the former patron of Boda boda 2010 Abdallah Kitatta.
The court chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti on Tuesday dismissed Kitatta’s bail application and further remanded him to Makindye Military barracks on grounds that he is likely to interfere with witnesses if set free because he is an influential person in society.
“Kitatta is an influential person in society and is likely to interfere with witnesses. The charges against the applicant are of a serious nature. Accordingly, this court basing on the above grounds, decline to grant bail to the applicant and the application is hereby dismissed,” Lt Gen Gutti ruled.
Kitatta together with his twelve co accused were arrested on January 20.
Kitatta and his co-accused; Sowali Ngobi, Amon Twinomujuni, Joel Kibirige, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssebata, Johnson Kayondo,Hassan Ssengoba, Sunday Ssemogerere, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Ibrahim Ssekaja face charges of failure to protect war material and unlawful possession of military stores.
Charges of failure to protect war material carry a maximum sentence of death upon conviction, while unlawful possession of military stores carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
The group was arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) over their alleged involvement in the murder of Case Hospital Accountant Francis Ekalungar on January 2, 2018. Ekalungar was reportedly murdered on his way to bank Shs15million Hospital funds and his body set alight in Kajjansi.
However, police later exonerated Kitatta and his group of the murder charges.
The army has since charged them with four criminal charges of failure to protect war material contrary to section 122(1) and (2)h and (i) of the UPDF Act 2005.
They also face another charge of unlawful possession of military stores contrary to Section 161 of the UPDF Act.
It’s alleged that Kitatta and his co-accused were found in possession of two pistols (Serial No. UGPOL00753421813 and DEPOIDEAS2008 and a Submachine gun (SMG) Serial No.UE4467/1998, which weapons are a monopoly of the defense forces. The group was also found with 30 rounds of loose ammunition.
Kitatta is to return to court on November 13.