Abdallah Kitatta, the chairman of militia outfit Boda Boda 2010 and 12 others have been remanded to Kigo prison by the army’s Unit Disciplinary Court sitting at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence headquarters in Mbuya.
Kitatta alongside Sowali Ngobi, Amon Twinomujuni, Joel Kibirige, Matia Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssebata, John Kayondo, Hassan Ssengooba, Sunday Ssemogerere, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Ibrahim Ssekajja face five charges, which include four counts of failure to protect war material contrary to Section 122 (1) and (2) (h) and (I) of the UPDF Act, 2005.
They also face charges of being in possession of military stores contrary to Section 161 of the UPDF Act. Defense ministry spokesperson, Lt. Colonel Deo Akiiki, says the suspects will continue appearing before the Unit Disciplinary Court until they are committed to the Court Martial since they are facing charges with capital offenses.
“The criminal procedure requires that a court without jurisdiction can only read the charges preferred and remand the accused and that he/she is not allowed to take plea,” Akiiki said in a statement released this evening.
Section 119 of the UPDF Act provides that every person found in unlawful possession of arms, ammunition or equipment ordinarily being the monopoly of the defense forces become subject to military law.
The failure to protect war materials attract a maximum sentence of death while that of being in possession of military stores attracts a life sentence.
The 13 suspects are to reappear for mention of the case on February 9. Trouble for the accused started after they were picked up for different locations in Kampala for their alleged involved in the killing of Francis Ekalugar, the former accountant of Case Clinic.
Ekalugar was kidnapped on January 2, 2018 near the ministry of Health headquarters as he drove to DFCU bank in Wandegeya to deposit Case Clinic’s money. His body was found burnt beyond recognition in Kajansi in Wakiso district leading to investigations that led to the accused.