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Military Court Expels Kitatta’s Lawyer Indefinitely

The Army General Court martial has indefinitely expelled Jimmy Muyanja, one of the lawyers representing jailed members of Boda Boda 2010 for alleged misconduct, URN reports.

Muyanja has been representing 11 Boda Boda 2010 members who are standing trial in the army court.

They are charged with unlawful possession of firearms and Military equipment contrary to section 161 of the UPDF Act.

The suspects include Abdullah Kitatta, the Patron of Boda Boda 2010 Association, Matia Ssenfuka, Joel Kibirige, Hassan Ssemata, Jonathan Kayondo, Ssengooba Hassan, Sande Ssemwogerere, John Ssebandeke, Hussein Mugema, Fred Bwanika and Amon Twinomujuni.

The suspects appeared on Tuesday morning before the Army General Court martial chaired by Lt General Andrew Gutti to continue with the cross examination of a prosecution witness, Private Richard Kasaija.

All was going well until Muyanja banged the table accusing the State Prosecutor, Major Raphael Mugisha of signaling to the witness on which questions to respond to during cross examination.

Muyanja argued that the witness was supposed to defend his testimony given that he is the one testifying against the accused persons. The lawyer had asked Kasaija to explain the events that unfolded when he arrested the accused persons on January 19th, 20th and 21st 2018.

But Major Raphael Mugisha kept signaling to him on how to respond to the questions, which angered Muyanja prompting him to bang the table. The court martial chairperson, Lt General Andrew Gutti couldn’t have any of this.

He expelled Muyanja from the military court, saying his indiscipline can’t be tolerated in the Military Court.

General Gutti asked Military Police to escort him from the Makindye based court, saying he can only return when he is no longer the chairperson of the court.

In the previous court session, General Gutti attempted to expel Muyanja and Shaban Sanywa on grounds of misconduct but reversed his order and advised them to behave appropriately. Shaban Sanywa told URN outside the court that the expulsion of their colleague wouldn’t deter them from defending their clients.


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