KAMPALA: The Military Court Martial in Makindye on Tuesday finally sentenced Bodaboda 2010 patron Hajji Abdallah Kitata to eight years, eight months, and six days in prison for unlawful acquiring firearms.
While giving his ruling today Lt Gen. Andrew Gutti noted that Kitatta is a first offender with no known criminal record, maximum sentence is ten years imprisonment, offence is rampant, and the contentious illegal guns never fired any bullets and also put in consideration the one year and 6 months spent on remand.
Kitatta’s bodyguard Ngobi Sowali too was given eight years, eight months and six days to serve the prison sentence.
The convicts have a right to appeal within 14 days if dissatisfied with the sentence.
The two were yesterday found guilty of unlawful possession of firearms contrary to Section 3 of the Fire Arms Act. Their co- accused were acquitted of all charges that were brought against them.
The conviction of Kitatta is based on information obtained from 15 witnesses against Kitatta and other suspects.
The witnesses included; Sargent Allan Matsiko, one of Kitatta’s bodyguards, Private Kenneth Okello who was reportedly in charge of the Armory where the said guns were obtained and the Manager of Vine Hotel where Kitatta was allegedly nabbed from.
The two are scheduled to be sentenced later in the day.
The accused were in January 2017, arrested by a joint force of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) and is currently facing five counts including failure to protect war material and being in unlawful possession of military stores contrary to the UPDF Act.
The Court yesterday acquitted Amon Twinomujuni, Joel Kibirige, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssebata and Johnson Kayondo, Hassan Ssengoba, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Ibrahim Sekajja with Gen Gutti saying they are innocent.