Abdallah Kitatta, the Boda Boda 2010 Association patron and his bodyguard Sowali Ngobi have been sentenced to 8 years, 8 months and six days in prison for illegal possession of firearms by the Army court.
General Court Martial chairperson, Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti delivered the sentence today morning at the Makindye based court. The duo was convicted yesterday by the same court.
Kitatta and Ngobi were found guilty of illegal possession two with an SMG rifle, two pistols and 30 rounds of ammunition without a valid license contrary to the Fire Arms Act.
According to court records, the guns were recovered from a vehicle, registration number UAK 135B that two were using outside Vine hotel in Wakaliga.
Gutti said court had put in consideration the fact that the convicts had spent over a year and two months on remand, and that the guns had not been used to commit any crime, the reason why the duo has not been handed the maximum 10 year sentence.
Kitatta had asked for a more lenient sentence, arguing that he's a family man with several wives and children and that he has previously worked for the state and police.
Kitatta who is the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Rubaga Division chairperson often boasted that he was the state and the state was bigger than the law.
He and his notorious Boda Boda 2010 gang were often accused by motorcycle (boda boda) taxi riders of torture, theft, murder during the time when he was in charge of managing the boda boda industry in Kampala city.
When then inspector general of police Gen Kale Kayihura was summoned by court to answer charges of torture against Kizza Besigye supporters, Kitatta threatened to bring disorder in the city if the charges were not immediately dismissed.
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