Three members of the Boda Boda 2010 group have been acquitted of any charges by the General Court Martial in Makindye.
On Monday, the army court chaired by Lt.Gen. Andrew Gutti acquitted Jonathan Kayondo, Hasaan Ssengooba and Sunday after finding out that evidence brought by the state prosecutors against the duo were not incriminating them on any of the alleged offences.
“This court finds that these three people have no case to answer and acquits them of the charges unless arrested on other charges,”Lt.Gen.Gutti said in his ruling.
Thirteen people, all members of the notorious Boda boda 2010 group were being accused of unlawful possession of two pistols, an SMG rifle, ammunitions and military stores including uniforms and caps.
However, the court ruled that the evidence adduced in court did not in any way show that the duo had a connection to the mentioned military equipment.
Lt.Gen.Gutti in his ruling said that the three people were arrested while they tried to obstruct an operation by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence in which their colleagues in the Boda boda 2010 were arrested.
The court therefore ruled that there were not related to the guns recovered from Kitatta’s vehicle neither the military equipment recovered from Boda boda 2010’s office in Wakaliga following a raid by CMI.
“You have no case to answer and subsequently this court acquits you of any charges.”
The court however put Boda Boda 2010 patron Abdalla Kitatta and nine of the group members to their defence after evidence brought against them by the prosecution incriminated them to the charges.
The group is accused of a number of offences related to unlawful possession of military hardware and unlawful possession of a gun, pistol and ammunition.
They are accused of unlawful possession of 30 and 20 rounds of ammunition for SMG rifles and pistol respectively which are government stores contrary to section 161 of the UPDF Act.
The army also accuses the group of unlawful possession of military equipment including headgear and uniforms which are a monopoly of the defence forces.