Kampala, (UG): The circumstances that surround the mysterious death of city businessman Henry Katanga who allegedly succumbed to bullet injuries in a shooting at his matrimonial home in Mbuya, a Kampala urban suburb on November, 02nd, until today remain very unexplainable.
From media reports to recorded statements and family narrations, the country is still yet to find out what exactly transpired on the night when Katanga, a reserved but powerfully connected businessman lost his life inside his own bedroom.
As events unfolded following the shooting, several accusations pinpointed to Katanga’s wife, Molly Katanga with whom they had been married for close to years, and had three children, although reports suggest that one was a step-daughter.
Prior to his death, there were claims that Katanga had returned home in the wee hours of Thursday after socialising with his friends. Initial reports then suggested that there was a domestic fight between Katanga and his wife, and such reports would therefore conclude that the woman shot her husband after a misunderstanding. DailyExpress would however not verify such claims as the case was already at the centre stage of police investigation.
Other countless reports by online media outlets reported that it was a suicidal act, and yet still, this publication could not verify such claims as the sudden demise of a husband, powerful Ankole Royal, and Businessman opened up conspiracy theories over what could have been the cause of his death.
To-date, Molly is reported to be under the intensive care unit at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) and despite her condition, she was yesterday charged in absentia with the murder of her husband, a notable businessman.
Alongside, two of her children Martha Nkwanza and Patricia Kakwanza were also charged by the DPP for allegedly destroying evidence and or being accessory after the fact. In total, the DPP charged five people, with the two others being Dr Charles Otai, the first respondent doctor at the scene of crime and a house help.
But Who is Molly Katanga
Molly Katanga (now widow to Henry Katanga) is the daughter of the late Mzee Bunanukye, a Born-Again Christian who lived in Rwampara. Like her father, she is of the Basigi clan in the Ankole Kingdom.
Molly, according to verifiable reports is reported to be a very powerful and connected businesswoman whose biological relations sore up to the bigwigs in the ruling government and the UPDF.
This publication understands that Molly’s relations with the power horses in the country enabled her secure a wealthy contract with the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs to supply the national army grain and other foodstuff.
She also owns among others a series of wealth properties and apartments in Nakawa Division, particularly Mbuya, and Bugolobi. In addition to this, Molly also runs a farm in Kiruhura District.
The powerfully connected lady is a niece of retired army officer, Brig Emmanuel Burundi Nyamunwanisa, who is her neighbour in Mbuya, and a cousin of Mr Geoffrey Kamuntu, a businessman and former son-in-law of President Museveni.
Molly’s sister was married to the recently deceased Col Jack Mucunguzi, one of the first 41 NRA fighters who attacked Kabamba barracks to launch the rebel movement against Obote’s government.
Molly and husband Katanga’s murder mystery
Preliminary investigations reveal that shortly after her husband Katanga succumbed to bullet wounds, Molly was checked into IHK where, reportedly in a critical condition.
According to the family’s lawyers; Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) who yesterday (Tuesday) wrote on behalf of Molly and her children informed the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that the widow underwent multiple surgeries, including one finger being amputated after two failed procedures to save it, due to head and hand injuries during the night Katanga died.
The lawyers had complained that media reports quoting details of ongoing police investigations suggested a tampering with the process and asked that the reported evidence be re-examined and their client, Molly, examined afresh by the police surgeon.
However, the prayers came too little too late for a DDP who sanctioned the charges of murder against Molly, who was reported hospitalised and didn’t appear for her formal indictment.
About deceased Henry Katanga
Henry Katanga who died on November 02, 2023, was a royal from Ankole Kingdom and brother of the late Arthur Kasasira, who was among the first 41 fighters of the rebel outfit, the National Resistance Army (NRA), which barrelled President Museveni to power in 1986 after a five-year guerrilla war against Milton Obote and his government.
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