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Kitatta gets 8 years, 8 months, 6 days

Abdullah Kitatta looks on as a jail sentence is read out to him

Abdullah Kitatta looks on as a jail sentence is read out to him

After one hour and 57 minutes of closed-door deliberations yesterday, the Lt Gen Andrew Gutti-led seven-member General Court Martial returned with a sentence; eight years, eight months and six days for Abdullah Kitatta.

On Monday, the same court had found Kitatta guilty of illegal possession of rearms and ammunition. Kitatta, the flamboyant former patron of Boda Boda 2010 Association, has spent the last one year and four months on remand.

When Gen Gutti entered the jammed courtroom, he found Kitatta clad in a yellow T-shirt. He carried a green book and a white handkerchief, which he used to wipe beads of sweat 30 minutes into the reading of the verdict – which extensively explored the background to Kittata’s arrest.

Kitatta was arrested on January 20, 2018 at Vine Tea hotel in Wakaliga-Nateete, Lubaga division by operatives from Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and police. Delivering the sentence yesterday, Gen Gutti said he had been swayed by prosecution’s submission that use of illegal guns is rampant in the country and that nudged him to give Kitatta and his co-accused a deterrent sentence.

“...I chose to give you a maximum sentence of 10 years each, but with the sentence running concurrently, you will serve 10 years each but the one year and four months you two have spent on remand should be considered, meaning you are now each to serve eight years and eight months; you have a choice to appeal against both the sentence and the period given to you,” Gutti said.

Though the convicts have an appeal option, some lawyers interviewed said the new chairman of the General Court Martial of Appeal has not been appointed by the president, meaning the appeal may take some time. Though majority of Kitatta’s relatives and friends were crushed by the conviction and sentence, some two women who said were battered by Boda Boda 2010 operatives were in jubilant mood.

MONDAY JUDGMENT

Kitatta and his former police bodyguard Sowali Ngobi were found guilty of illegal possession of an SMG rifle No UE4467 – 1998 and a pistol N0. UG-POL 00753421813 with 30 rounds of live ammunitions without a valid certificate. Midway the verdict, Kitatta lost his firm composure.

He was all teary and broken. He couldn’t stand straight. After the conviction, lead prosecutor Lt Col Raphael Mugisha prayed for a maximum sentence of 10 years. In mitigation, Shaban Sanywa, Kitatta’s lead counsel, prayed for a lenient sentence, arguing that on top of being a first offender, Kitatta was an NRM chairman for Lubaga division, who served the party diligently and had learnt hard lessons during his time on remand.

He said Kitatta had various wives and children to cater for as a sole breadwinner. After court adjourned, Sanywa told journalists that he had instructions to appeal the verdict and sentence.

“Our major ground is that court refused to take the said pistol for technical checking to prove that it was not a toy and court refused to give us an order to produce CCTV footage the state alleged showed Kitatta, who was fished out of a hotel toilet, holding the said pistol. Though court says it has not relied on the footage to convict my clients, it was proper to produce it on our request,” Sanywa said.

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0 #1 WADADA roger 2019-05-15 14:14
Kitatta's predicament is such a big lesson and i hope many will learn that however good you may be, you can never be good enough to please a government that is in the "departure lounge".

Right from the beginning, the target was Kitatta, not the other so called accomplices who were eventually freed.

But with sober judges at the appeal level, it is possible to quash the conviction and the sentences.

But to be honest, I am struggling to understand why the state got so emotional to the extent of getting Kitatta in the dock with no clear crime in the picture.

It is sad that Kitatta's other partner in crime in the names of Kayihura was scrapped off the charge sheet and is now enjoying his loot and a brand new Prado, a lead car, escorts and allowances.
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+1 #2 WADADA roger 2019-05-15 14:18
But given all the bad things that Kitatta and group were doing including beating, killing, stealing and destroying, let him go and rot in the mean time before his appeal is allowed
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0 #3 WADADA roger 2019-05-15 14:24
But all these numbers to some of us who know mathematics have very significant meanings just as the biblical 666 which is a preserve of Satan.

Now 886 has another prophetic meaning that am not at liberty to tell you at this point in time but whoever has wisdom should search for the meaning. Change is coming, unfortunately, at a cost, ensi egula mirambo.
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0 #4 WADADA roger 2019-05-15 14:37
I will give you a clue in as DCCCLXXXVI-886 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar.

makes reference to the current age of the tenant at state house- 88 and It refers to the year 1986 when that person took power among other hidden meanings.
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0 #5 WADADA roger 2019-05-15 21:24
Number meaning 885 could mean a lot of things. Angel number 8 is a symbol of personal authority.

This is the ability to command your own choices. It is being able to disagree with other people on issues. number 6 is a symbol of joy. This is the general feeling of happiness. It could also depict family.

This is being cohesive the people who care about you. 88 meaning is a number of responsibility. It is being present for your duties. 86 is a wealth number. It calls for financial security.
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