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Kitatta breaks down in tears as witness pins him in court

The trial of Abdallah Kitatta, the patron of the notorious Boda Boda 2010 gang, also Rubaga NRM chairperson kicked off in the army General Court Martial sitting in Makindye in Kampala today.  
 
Kitatta is charged together with ten other co-accused for unlawful possession of firearms and military equipment contrary to section 161 of the UPDF Act. The other suspects are Matia Ssenfuka, Joel Kibirige, Hassan Ssemata, Jonathan Kayondo, Ssengooba Hassan, Sande Ssemwogerere, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Amon Twinomujuni.
 
Kitatta breaks down as state witness presents evidence pinning him in court
 
Today, Monday afternoon, Private Richard Kasaija, an operative attached to the Chieftaincy Military Intelligence (CMI) testified against Kitatta and his group. 
 
Kasaija told court that they picked up Kasaija from a toilet at Vine hotel in Wakaliga in Rubaga division on January 20 this year. Kasaija said they asked Kitatta to open his door but he refused. It was only after the operatives threatened to shoot through the door that Kitatta opened according to Kasaija.
 
He explained that on searching Kitatta's hotel room, they recovered a loaded golden plated pistol. They also recovered an SMG gun and another pistol with 15 rounds of ammunitions from his vehicle parked in the hotel yard. Kitatta broke down in tears as prosecution asked the officer to identify the gold plated pistol. 

Prosecution also displayed the second pistol with 15 bullets and an SMG gun before court as exhibits. Kasaija also positively identified two military uniforms, seven caps and ammunition that they recovered from the Boda-Boda 2010 offices at Wakaliga-Nateete.
 
Kasaija told court that he was part of the team that picked up Kitatta and his brother Uzailu Kiwalabye, the prime suspect in the murder of Francis Ekalungar, the former accountant of Case clinic.
 
Court further heard that the arrest of Kitatta stemmed from the search of the telephone contacts and call logs of one of the suspects who was picked up in connection to the murder of Ekalungar. Ekalungar’s badly burned body was found dumped in Kajjansi on January 2, 2018.

According to Kasaija, the phone logs showed that Kitatta was in constant communication with the suspect, which prompted CMI to track him leading to his arrest at Vine hotel in Wakaliga. He recounted to court how he was instructed by his boss Captain James Agaba, the director of operations in Counter-Terrorism to go to Busega roundabout on January 19 and pick up Ekalungar's murder suspects.
 
Kasaija said after picking up Kiwalabye from Busega, a group of rowdy boda-boda followed their vehicle to CMI while pelting them with stones and threatened to set their vehicle ablaze unless they release the suspects.
 
Shortly after hearing from Kasaija, Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti, the Court Martial chairman delivered his ruling on Kitatta's bail application. He declined to release him, saying he faces grave offences, which attract a severe penalty of life imprisonment.
 
He also explained that Kitatta has a close working relationship with senior officers in police and might interfere with the on-going investigations and threaten witnesses. 

Lt. Gen Gutti also dismissed Kitatta's sureties, saying they are of a low and ordinary profile who cannot compel him to return to court for trial. He there sent back on remand at Makindye military barracks until June 12, 2018 when he will return for further hearing. 

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+7 #11 miki 2018-05-22 18:43
"Emese bwetefa eluma ku ddiba lya kappa," (If a rat lives long enough to out live the cat, it may even be able to chew a piece of the powerless cat in death) one Luganda saying goes.

Kitatta's victims who survived somehow have at least had the satisfaction of seeing him powerless, emasculated and all tears. Kitatta is likely to eventually go free when 'somebody' from above determines that he has been beaten back into line.

But to those who are committing atrocities against Ugandans in the name of this regime, this should be a reminder that you are just disposable tools.

President Museveni is careful to always remain in the shadows, and also to ensure that none of his direct family members are seen committing these atrocities. Word of advice: don't ever do for Museveni what he can never let Muhoozi to be seen doing it!
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+5 #12 miki 2018-05-22 18:48
Of course there are a few times Museveni dropped the ball - like when he let his son Muhozi invade and intimade the court, and also when he admitted Salim Saleh's corruption by soliciting and accepting bribes during the junk helicopter saga.

Since then the first family has wisened up - other people steal, rob, kill and kidnap on their behalf while they remain in the shadows pulling the puppet strings.
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+2 #13 Lakwena 2018-05-23 08:22
Quoting miki:
Of course there are a few times Museveni dropped the ball - like when he let his son Muhozi invade and intimade the court, and also when he admitted Salim Saleh's corruption by soliciting and accepting bribes during the junk helicopter saga.

Since then the first family has wisened up - other people steal, rob, kill and kidnap on their behalf while they remain in the shadows pulling the puppet strings.


In other words Miki, a mafia boss does not touch drug, blood and money, but his goons are the ones who safely deliver the goods to him.
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