Kitatta Remanded to Luzira Amid Protest from Lawyer Over His Safety

Patron of the Boda Boda 2010 Association, Abudallah Kitatta in the dock at the court martial.

The Chairperson of the Court Martial, Lt Gen Andrew Guti has ignored the appeals by detained patron of Boda Boda 2010, Abdallah Kitatta and remanded him to Luzira prison.

Court justified its decision to remand the accused to Luzira saying security at the maximum prison has recently been reinforced, thus he can be kept secure.

The the State prosecutor, Capt Samuel Masereje, said it is now safe to remand Kitatta to a government prison especially that the case is about to be completed.

Meanwhile, Shaban Swanya, the lawyer defending Kitatta in the case was opposed to the decision by court to have his client remanded to Luzira where he claimed Kitatta’s security can not be guaranteed.

Swanya’s position on Monday was in sharp contrast with his submissions in court previously where he had been pushing that Kitatta be moved from Makindye military detention facility to a government prison.

On Monday, he argued that there have been plots to kill Kitatta using poison, saying the accused is safer in Makindye.

Related to the case, three of the defence witnesses expected to appear in Court today failed to turn up.

Kitatta expected Sgt Allan Matsiko, who was one of his bodyguards, Private Kenneth Okello in charge of Old Kampala Police Armoury and the owner of Vine Tea Hotel where he was arrested in the beginning of last year.

This is according to his lawyer Shaban Sanywa. The lawyer says the trio was served with the Court Martial summons through Police Headquarters at Naguru and at Vine Tea Hotel.

Kitatta and the others were arrested in January 2018 in operations by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) for their alleged involvement in the brutal killing of former Case Hospital accountant, Francis Ekalungar.

It is 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 all of which guns are a monopoly of the defence forces.

In addition, they were discovered to be in possession of 30 rounds of loose ammunition.

In the last Court session, detained SSP Nixon Agasirwe was also testifying as Kitatta’s defence witness , told Court that it’s him who gave guns to the accused.

He said he did with on instructions of the former Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, with an aim of ensuring his (Kitatta) security.

Court adjourned the matter to April 8 when Kitatta is expected for final submissions in the case before judgement is made.

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