By Albert Tumwine
The Military Court Martial has charged Abdullah Kitatta, the leader of the Boda Boda 2010 association alongside 12 other suspects that were arrested recently in connection with the killing of former Case Hospital accountant Francis Ekalungar. The charges are however not in connection with the death of Ekalungar.
The 13 including Kitatta Abdullah, Ngobi Sowali (Kitatta’s aide), Twimomujuni Amon, Kibirige Joel, Ssenfuka Maria, Ssebate Hassan, Kayondo Johnson, Ssengoba Hassan, Ssebandeke John, Mugema Hussein, Ssemogerere Sunday, Bwanika Fred and Ssekaja Ibrahim have were on Monday arraigned before the military court in Mbuya and charged with 5 offences including failure to protect war material and unlawful possession of military stores.
In a statement released by the UPDF deputy spokesperson Col Deo Akiiki, four of the charges are criminal and attract a maximum sentence of death while one attracts life imprisonment.
Explaining why the 13 were charged before a military court despite being civilians, Col Akiiki said that every person found in unlawful possession of arms, ammunitions or equipment ordinarily being the monopoly of the defence forces, becomes subject to military law.
The group, according to Col Akiiki were found in possession of two pistols (Serial No. UGPOL00753421813 and DEPOIDEAS2008) and a Submachine Gun (SMG) Serial No. UE4467/1998.
Col Akiiki said in the statement that the guns recovered from the suspects are a monopoly of the defence forces.
In addition, they were discovered to be in possession of 30 rounds of loose ammunition.
Last week, 18 of the over 40 suspects arrested by the UPDF were released on bond while Eight including Huzairu Kiwalabye (Kitatta’s brother) and two Case Hospital guards have been pinned on the murder of former Case Hospital accountant Ekalungar.
Police spokesman Emilian Kayima had said that Kitatta was not involved in the killing of Ekalungar.