Molly Katanga, the wife of businessman Henry Katanga, has been formally charged with her husband’s murder at the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court and subsequently remanded to Luzira Prison.
The Chief Magistrate, heard that Molly Katanga allegedly shot her husband Henry Katanga dead with a pistol on November 2nd, 2023, at their residence in Mbuya Chwa II Road, Nakawa Division, in Kampala.
Due to jurisdiction limitations, the court only communicated the charges, and the prosecution, led by Jonathan Muwaganya, requested her commitment to the High Court for trial, asserting that investigations were complete.
During the court proceedings, Molly’s lawyers, led by Peter Kabatsi, requested an order for continued medical attention for Molly, citing her five consecutive injuries. They also sought access to Molly’s home, which had been cordoned off since the incident. Mac Dusman Kabega, another lawyer, urged the court to instruct the police to vacate the premises.
The prosecution acknowledged the complexity of the security situation at the crime scene and requested time to consult with the director of CID. Jonathan Muwaganya explained that the military was guarding the home on behalf of the home owners, and there was no police presence at the scene.
Magistrate Kakooza directed prison officers to ensure Molly Katanga’s access to medical care while in prison. He ruled that Molly’s family should not be blocked from accessing their home and remanded her to Luzira Prison until the High Court is ready to proceed with the trial.
In related developments, High Court Criminal Division Judge Isaac Muwata set the date for the bail application hearing for Molly’s co-accused persons on January 29th, 2024. This decision followed a ruling challenging the jurisdiction of the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court to handle the plea-taking of Molly’s co-accused.
Molly, along with her daughters Patricia Kakwanza and Martha Nkwanzi, faces charges of murder and destroying evidence, respectively. Two other individuals, Amanyire George and Charles Otai, are accused of being accessories to murder.
The prosecution’s case revolves around Molly allegedly shooting Henry Katanga on November 2, 2023. The daughters are accused of tampering with evidence, while Amanyire and Otai allegedly assisted in the crime.