The General Court Martial sitting in Makindye has further remanded Bodaboda 2010 leader Abdallah Kitatta and his co-accused until May 21, 2018, after his case hearing failed to take off.
Kitatta and his co-accused reappeared in court on Monday for their case hearing and ruling on their bail application. According to Defence Deputy Spokesperson Lt Col. Deo Akiiki, the case hearing could not kick off.
“The case hearing was adjourned on grounds that defense counsel had not served the accused person’s counsel with the statements of a witness RA/229683 Private Richard Kasaija, who was present in court,” Lt Col Akiiki told MbararaCity News
The court Chairman, Lt Gen. Andrew Gutti directed the defence counsel to serve all the necessary information to the accused person’s counsel Shaban Sanywa before the next sitting.
Kitatta and his co-accused; Sowali Ngobi, Amon Twinomujuni, Joel Kibirige, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssebata, Johnson Kayondo, Hassan Ssengoba, Sunday Ssemogerere, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Ibrahim Ssekaja face charges of failure to protect war material and unlawful possession of military stores.
Charges of failure to protect war material carry a maximum sentence of death upon conviction, while unlawful possession of military stores carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
The group was arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) over their alleged involvement in the murder of Case Hospital Accountant Francis Ekalungar on January 2, 2018. Ekalungar was reportedly murdered on his way to bank Shs15million Hospital funds and his body set alight in Kajjansi.
However, police later exonerated Kitatta and his group of the murder charges.The army has since charged them with four criminal charges of failure to protect war material contrary to section 122(1) and (2) h and (i) of the UPDF Act 2005. They also face another charge of unlawful possession of military stores contrary to Section 161 of the UPDF Act.
It’s alleged that Kitatta and his co-accused were found in possession of two pistols (Serial No. UGPOL00753421813 and DEPOIDEAS2008 and a Submachine gun (SMG) Serial No. UE4467/1998, which weapons are a monopoly of the defense forces. The group was also found with 30 rounds of loose ammunition.