By Fred Kiva
Bodaboda 2010 Patron Abdullah Kitatta and his co-accused reappear in the Army General Court Martial today, to continue their defence on charges of unlawful possession of military hardware.
Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, the Army Court Martial Chairman on January 7 adjourned court to today during which prosecution lawyers would cross- examine Kitatta. This was after he denied ever owning or touching a gun in his life, despite the fact that the army insists to have found him with two pistols and an SMG rifle upon arrest. The weapons are part of the exhibits tendered in court to pin the accused.
Although he’s widely known as the Bodaboda 2010 leader, Kitatta also denied ever being one of the Bodaboda Association leaders in his defence.
The army has lined up a number of witnesses, among them CMI operatives and commanders who pinned Kitatta on being found in possession of an SMG rifle and two pistols; found with him in the hotel room and in his vehicle.
Kitatta is accused together with nine others including Ngobi Sowali,Ibrahim Ssekagya, Joel Kibirige, John Ssebandeke, Fred Bwanika,Hassan Ssematta,Amon Twinomujuni and Hussein Mugema of offences related to unlawful possession of military hardware and unlawful possession of a gun, pistol and ammunition.
They are accused of unlawful possession of 30 and 20 rounds of ammunition for SMG rifles and pistol respectively, which are government stores contrary to section 161 of the UPDF Act.
The army also accuses the group of unlawful possession of military equipment including headgear and uniforms which are a monopoly of the defence forces.
Kitatta and his group were rounded up in January last year by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) in connection with the murder of Case Hospital accountant Francis Ekalugar.