Abdalla Kitatta eight-year prison sentence
Kitatta's 8- Year Prison Sentence Appeal to Be Heard on Friday. FILE PHOTO

Abdalla Kitatta was last year given an 8 years prison sentence after being found guilty of unlawful possession of an SMG rifle and a pistol.

The General Court Martial in Makindye will on Friday hear a case in which the former Boda boda 2010 patron, Abdalla Kitatta is challenging his eight-year prison sentence.

Abdalla Kitatta was last year sentenced to 8 years imprisonment after being found guilty of unlawful possession of an SMG rifle and a pistol without a valid firearm licence and unlawful possession of 30 and 20 rounds of ammunition for SMG rifles and pistol.

He has, however, appealed to the Makindye court to have a fresh review into the matter claiming that it convicted him based on uncorroborated and falsified prosecution testimonies given by unreliable witnesses.

Kitatta says that the lower court erred in law when it relied on evidence from witnesses who were influenced by a conflict of interest thereby occasioning grave injustice against him.

As a result, Kitatta says that the 8 years and 8 months punishment give to him and his bodyguard Ngobi Sowali respectively should be overturned.

“That court erred both in law and fact when it convicted the appellants basing on grossly uncorroborated and falsified prosecution testimonies given by unreliable witnesses who were influenced by a conflict of interest thereby occasioning grave injustice against the appellants,” part of a statement read in Kitatta’s appeal.

Also, he says that the court also erred in law and fact when it refused, ignored and failed to discharge its duty to summon material witnesses who were deemed necessary to substantiate the evidence tendered against him and his bodyguard.

“The court erred in law and fact when it refused, ignored and failed to discharge its duty to summon material witnesses who were deemed necessary to substantiate the evidence tendered against the appellants thereby arriving at a wrongful conviction.”

Abdalla Kitatta eight-year prison sentence
Kitatta’s 8- Year Prison Sentence Appeal to Be Heard on Friday. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, Kitatta was sentenced to 8 years in jail last year. His sentence came after he had already spent one year and four months in jail from the time of his arrest.

Kitatta was arrested after a group of people attempted to block the arrest of his brother Huzairu Kiwalabye, who was charged with the murder of former Case Hospital accountant Francis Ekalungar.

He was arrested and charged jointly with 11 others including a police detective, Sowali Ngobi. Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti, the head of Court Martial who read out the sentence then said that Kitatta was allowed and eligible to appeal against the judgement in case he felt dissatisfied.

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