The military Court led by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, has Tuesday sentenced former patron of 2010, Abdallah Kitatta to 8 years, 8 months and 6 days in prison on counts of unlawful possession of firearms.
Kitatta who is a former chairman of the ruling political party, NRM in Rubaga division, and his co-acussed Ngobi Sowali, a police officer, were Monday found guilty of unlawful possession of fire arms by the army court sitting in Makindye, contrary to Section 3 of the Fire Arms Act.
Lt Gen Gutti stated that the court did not find any proof to the effect that the said guns were used to commit any crimes.
On conviction, the crime of illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition attracts a maximum sentence of 10 years, but Kitatta’s lawyer, Shaban Sanya, on Monday requested Court that the accused be awarded a lenient sentence given the fact that they are first defendants, have families and school going children.
He also submitted that convicts have been on remand for over 16 months.
“It is our belief that during that period, they have learnt a lot and if given an opportunity it would be a good chance for them to transform,” the lawyer said.
But court found the maximum sentence of 10 years appropriate for the convicts, and only deducted the period they have spent in prison.
“After deducting one year 3 months and 24 days spent in prison, this court here sentence you as follows; one, Hajji Abdallah Kitatta A1 (accused number one) to 8 years 8 months and 6 days imprisonment on count 3 and 8 years, 8 months and 6 days imprisonment on count 5 and sentences run concurrently,” ruled Lt Gen Andrew Gutti.
“Two, Number 42991, detective constable Ngobi Sowali A9 (accused number 9) to 8 years 8 months and 6 days imprisonment on count 1 and 8 years 8 months and 6 days imprisonment on count 4, sentences to run concurrently – we so rule,” he added.
Gutti said the sentenced have a right to appeal within 14 days if they are not satisfied with the sentence of the court.
Kitatta was arrested in January 2018 together with his bodyguard, Sowali Ngobi and Ibrahim Ssekajja his driver after they were allegedly found in possession of an SMG rifle and a pistol.