Witness Pins Kitatta’s Co-Accused On Obstructing Arrest, Stoning CMI Officers

A Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence operative on Monday pinned Abdallah Kitatta’s co-accused persons of obstructing his arrest and pelting the officers with stones on January 19 this year.

Appearing before the General Court Martial (GCM) in Makindye, Kampala, Corporal Richard Wanyama said he took part in the arrest of some of the accused in connection with the murder of former Case Clinic Accountant Francis Ekalungar.

“…I was among a group of operatives that was deployed to go to Busega round about to arrest key suspects in the murder of former Case Clinic accountant Ekalungar. After the arrest, a group of boda boda riders stormed us, pelted stones at the CMI car demanding for release of the suspects,” testified Cpl Wanyama.

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Kitatta and the co-accused persons are charged with unlawful possession of fire arms, ammunition and military attire, which prosecution maintains are a monopoly of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF).

Cpl Wanyama is the second prosecution witness in the case against Kitatta and the co-accused who include John Ssebandeke, Joel Kibirige, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssebata, Jonathan Kayondo, Hassan Ssengoba, Sunday Ssemogerere, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika, Amon Twinomujuni, Sowali Ngoobi and Ibrahim Sekajja.

Earlier, another witness, Private Richard Kasaija attached to the CMI, had testified that on arrest,  Kitatta was found in possession of a pistol with five bullets and military uniforms. He also testified that his co-accused persons were found with an SMG rifle with 20 bullets, machetes, iron bars, military uniforms and sticks which they held while planning to carry out a demonstration.

The Court Chairperson, Andrew Gutti, further remanded the suspects until September 25 this year to enable prosecution present the third witness.

The state alleges that on January 21 this year at Vine Hotel at Wakaliga, Nateete in Rubaga Division Kampala District, Kitatta and the co-accused persons were found in possession of two guns SMG, three pistols and bullets without holding a valid firearms certificate and military uniforms which are a monopoly of the defence forces.

Section 119 (1) (h), (i) provides that any person found in unlawful possession of arms, ammunitions or equipment ordinarily being the monopoly of the Defence Forces, becomes subject to military law.


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