Kitatta sentenced to 8 years in prison

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Abdullah Kitatta

The General Court Martial sitting in Makindye has sentenced former Boda Boda 2010 patron Abdallah Kitatta to 8 years, 8 months and 6 days in prison.

Kitatta has already spent a year, three months and 24 days on remand.

The Court Martial chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti deducted the time Kitatta has spent in prison before announcing his sentence.

Gutti said Kitatta will serve 8 years in prison for the counts upon which he was convicted and the sentence will be served concurrently.

“You have the right to appeal within 14 days,” Gutti told Kitatta.

On Monday, the court convicted Kitatta and Sowali Ngobi his bodyguard of unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition.

Kitatta has told the army court that he is only a victim of circumstances beyond his control.

In the mitigation process, Kitatta through his lawyer, Shaban Sanywa asked the army court to be lenient on him saying the work he did was for the ruling NRM part which he served as a chairman for Rubaga division.

State prosecutor, Lt. Col. Raphael Mugisha asked court for a stringent punishment for both the convicts to serve as a deterrent measure against people who would be willing to acquire fire arms illegally

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