[On IGP Kayihura] “How? I am not a policeman. I am his friend and I can’t stand anyone who dares to get in his way” – Abdullah Kitatta
Abdallah Kitatta, the Boda Boda 2010 Association leader and former ally of ex-IGP Kale Kayihura was today charged with unlawful possessions of firearms and sentenced to 8 years and 8 months time in prison. This happen at the General Court Martial today. Over the last two days the proceedings has happen and sealed his fate, as he was arrested by CMI during last year.
Therefore, the end of the former powerful patron of the state, even the former NRM Chariman of Rugaba Division. Certainly he had power, not only over the Boda Boda 2010, but also the connections within the Uganda Police Force. He was someone to be associated with and he could get vouched for.
Kitatta was someone who you would fear and his people could get a whim of something and deal with it. They would silence someone the authorities wanted to silence. That is why his not arrested for the possible crimes committed, but having arms. Which shows that the authorities and Police Force didn’t charge him with possible crimes, but with possessions. This is really giving a lenient sentence for the former godfather and patron.
Surely, the UPF, the former IGP and the President knows this, all of them has at one point used the services of Kitatta and therefore cannot charge him for that. Since, that was done in favour of them and he cannot tell those stories now.
In by November 2015 the Boda Boda 2010 had a reputation for extortion and thieving on accord by the Police, as the dreaded offices in Makindye was known about. As the Association would take care of their own and ensure the bypassers would loose their cash and even their boda. That is the sort of racket it was. That was reported about back-then. Who knows, what its been behind, which haven’t been in the open.
In this regard, I have a feeling that the charges could have been more severe, as the actions of the Boda Boda 2010 are much worse. Still, the authorities didn’t care about that, maybe because that would cause a headache for Kayihura or Museveni who both at one point blessed this operation.
Kitatta now has to fall on his sword, the man whose fallen from grace and is now a felon. Not a godfather, not a big-man, but just a man whose facing time behind bars. 8 years to be exact. Peace.