Uganda’s military court martial has sentenced a ruling party leader to eight years in prison for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
As well as being a successful politician, Abdullah Kitatta also ran an association of motorbike taxi riders known as BodaBoda 2010.
He was considered one of the most influential people in the capital, Kampala, but BodaBoda2010 was accused of human rights abuses in 2018.
The group was allegedly an unofficial militia of the police, and used to beat up protesters – including a group of primary school students.
When he was arrested, Mr Kitatta was found in possession of a gold-plated gun, a pistol, a sub-machine gun and several rounds of ammunition.
For years, he was considered almost untouchable by the law, despite his ruthless reputation.
Mr Kitatta was seen as the protege of the former head of police, General Kale Kayihura, who is also being tried before the court martial.
President Yoweri Museveni has complained that the police were infiltrated by criminals, leading to a spike in crime.
Mr Kitatta’s lawyer says his client will be appealing his sentence because he has done a lot of work for the government in power.