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Army Court Sets Ruling Date for Kitatta’s Bail

Makindye General court martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti has set May 7 as the date at which it will pronounce its self on the bail application filed by Boda Boda 2010 Patron Abdallah Kitata.

Court also fixed May 21, 2018 as the hearing date for the main case.

This follows the submissions by the State Prosecutor Capt Ambrose Baguma requesting court not to grant Kitata bail, basing on a number of reasons.

Baguma presented before court an affidavit sworn by one of the CMI investigators, Maj. Dennis Katambuka, stating that there are higher chances that Kitata will interfere with witnesses once released on bail since their particulars are already known to him.

Maj. Katambuka also stated that Kitata produced no substantial sureties in court because even his biological father Hajji Muhammad Nabugoba could not tell how old his son is.

For this matter, Maj. Katambuka concluded that Kitata may fail to turn up in court for trial yet he is charged with grave offenses.

The trial did not proceed after prosecution presented a witness on the stand whose particulars and statement it had not disclosed to defence lawyers.

Private Richard Kasaijja had appeared as prosecution witness number one to pin Kitata and 12 others on offenses of unlawful possession of firearms and military gear.

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Kitata applied to be temporarily released from prison where he has been booked since February 2018 on grounds that he has a terrible health condition which can’t be adequately treated while he is on remand at Makindye police Military barracks.

Kitata faces 5 counts of being in unlawful possession of an SMG gun, 3 pistols and 50 rounds of live ammunitions that prosecution states were found on him on January 18, 2018 at Vine Hotel in Wakaliga.

According to prosecution, the above items are only a monopoly of the UPDF.

In the meantime, Kitata has been remanded back to Makindye Military barracks.

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