By Samuel Opio
For the second time, the Makindye based General Court Martial has dismissed a bail application as sought for by the patron of Boda Boda 2010 Association patron, Abdallah Kitatta.
The seven-member court chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti has unanimously ruled that Kitatta being the NRM chairman of Lubaga division and a leader of Uganda Drivers and cyclists association, he is an influential person in society who can interfere with lined up court witnesses.
The court has also ruled that Kitatta has led no proof to the effect that his alleged grave illness cannot be managed/ treated on remand by doctors at Makindye police Military barracks.
Mr Kitatta through his lawyers had applied for bail citing ill-health, his right to bail and that the offence is bailable.
Kitatta is jointly on remand with twelve other suspects in connection with alleged charges of unlawful possession of firearms, he applied for bail for the second time in less than four months.
On May 21, this year, the same court dismissed Kitatta’s application for temporary release citing unsubstantial sureties and his position
Prosecution led by Captain Samuel Maserejje had earlier opposed to the second bail application by Kitatta.
Captain Maserejje presented a sworn affidavit before the General Court Martial by Major Denis Katambuka one of the officers investigating Kitatta’s matter stating that he has read through Kitatta’s bail application but given that he is charged with a capital offense, he needs to show Court exceptional circumstances leading to the grant of bail.
Major Katambuka’s affidavit also showed that Kitatta is a prominent person in the country and is well coordinated since he is the chairperson of NRM Rubaga Division and also the Chairperson of Taxi Drivers and Workers Union in Rubaga and has the capacity of sabot