Boda Boda 2010 patron Kitatta sentence reduced from 10 to 3 years in jail
Abdullah Kitatta, the patron of Boda Boda 2010 and his body guard, Sowali Ngobi are all smiles following the Appellant Court Martial’s decision to reduce their sentence from ten years.
The dual is in jail for illegal possession of firearms. The six Member Court Chaired by a civilian Advocate, Elly Turyamubona sitting in Makindye delivered its verdict on Friday morning.
During the court sitting, they also had the time spent on remand from the sentence deducted, saying they will now serve for One year, eight months and six days. Court also noted that the ten year jail term handed to the duo by the General Court Martial in 2019 was too harsh and excessive. Arguing that the maximum punishment should have been handed to hard core criminals, which wasn’t the case with Kitatta and Ngobi.
Court heard that both Kitatta and Ngobi who have been in custody since their arrest in January 2018 have never used the pistol and Sub Machine Gun they found with to endanger anyone’s life or used them in criminal activities.
The same court evaluated the evidence used to convict the duo and found that they were convicted properly because they didn’t have valid licenses for the firearms in their possession, yet they are ordinarily meant for defense forces. The tw
o were found guilty for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition by the General Court Martial Chaired by Lt. General. Andrew Gutti in May 2019. They were sentenced to a maximum sentence of ten years for each of the offenses that they were meant to serve concurrently. However, the convicts challenged the sentence through their lawyers Isaac Jjuko and Abdullah Kiwanuka.
They also faulted the court for having erred in law and fact when it relied on contradictory evidence by prosecution witnesses when they couldn’t tell on which side of the body Kitatta's golden pistol was found. The convict’s lawyer, Abdullah Kiwanuka told Journalists that they are happy with the decision to reduce their client's sentences.