The Court Martial has taken over the case in which Boda Boda 2010 Patron Abdallah Kitatta and his other 12 colleagues are charged with unlawful possession of military hardware and failure to protect war material.
The decision was reached by the Unit Disciplinary Court of the army which sat Friday At the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala.
The committee is chaired by Col. Tom Kabuye.
In an audio statement released Friday evening by the deputy army spokesperson Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, he said: “… so from today onwards all those cases that were labelled against the group that was arrested will be heard by the general court martial.”
According to the UPDF publicist, the army tribunal took the decision because it “does not have that jurisdiction.”
The court session was attended by the family members and the lawyers of the group, who were led by Paul Kiggundu.
It should be noted that Section 119 of the UPDF Act provides that every person found in unlawful possession of arms, ammunition or equipment ordinarily being the monopoly of the defense forces become subject to military law.
The failure to protect war materials attract a maximum sentence of death while that of being in possession of military stores attracts a life sentence.
Trouble for the accused started after they were picked up for different locations in Kampala for their alleged involved in the killing of Francis Ekalugar, the former accountant of Case Clinic.
Ekalugar was kidnapped on January 2, 2018 near the ministry of Health headquarters as he drove to DFCU bank in Wandegeya to deposit Case Clinic’s money.
His body was found burnt beyond recognition in Kajansi in Wakiso district leading to investigations that led to the accused.