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    Battle Lines Drawn As Top Ankole Families Hire Top Lawyers To Fight For Justice For Murdered Tycoon Katanga, Save Widow Molly And Daughters From Death Sentence…

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    The late Henry Katanga (L) his wife Molly Katanga (C) and daughter Patricia Kakwanza (R)

    The fight for justice for late Henry Katanga is set to expose and put top Ankole Sub Region families to a test on who holds superior powers of influencing decision making in the country as all is set for a mouthwatering legal battle.

    This conclusion is drawn after Justice Jane France Abodo the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) sanctioned murder charges against Molly Katanga, widow to the deceased, her daughter Martha Katanga Nkwanzi and Patricia Kakwanza who is being charged with the offence of Destroying evidence.

    The DPP also charged George Amanyire and Charles Otai, a medical doctor.

    A joint team of detectives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been investigating the circumstances under which tycoon Katanga was killed inside his master bedroom at Mbuya a Kampala City suburb.

    According to a police postmortem report, after police pathologists and family doctors examined Katanga’s body, they reached to a conclusion that he was killed.

    The Postmortem report is part of the evidence that the DPP is set to use against the accused persons after investigations established that the deceased’s murder was intentional and the prime suspect is the wife who is still under tight security at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) Intensive Care Unit.

    Since the investigation kicked off on November 2, 2023 when the deceased was murdered, detectives working on the file are yet to interact with the main suspect.

    However, her lawyers of Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) have confirmed that their client is ready to interact with the investigators.

    The other suspects are currently being detained at Jinja road police station and Special Investigation Unit Kireka. They have already recorded their statements over the matter.

    Highly placed sources at the DPP chambers revealed to theGrapevine that Justice Abodo has been facing a lot of pressure from different influential government and security officers who are connected to the suspects and the deceased and on two occasions, she has been referring the files back to police for further investigations to close all the gaps.

    Sources added that there was no way Justice Abodo could not have sanctioned the files because whatever she instructed the investigators to do, they have been doing it.

    This kind of alertness led to investigators discovering that the crime scene was tampered with after the main suspect committed the crime.

    According to the Monitor News Paper, a top government official and some security bosses are involved in this battle to save their beloved with others involved because they want to ensure that the deceased gets justice.

    They include: Brig. Charity Bainababo the deputy commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC) who is a cousin to the deceased; Marjorie Nyangweso a Human Resource expert and also niece to the deceased, Naomi Kashishane a security expert and sister to the deceased, Mirieli Kyobuhoro the deceased’s mother and a friend to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Maj. Bright Rwamirama the State Minister for Agriculture and uncle to the deceased, Col. Naboth Mwesigwa Rwabwera, Director of Protocol, Defence ministry friend to Molly, Maj. Gen. Sam Kavuma, Deputy Coordinator and former ADC to president Museveni who is a friend to Molly, Lt. Gen. James Mugira the Managing Director National Enterprises Corporation and also the deceased’s cousin, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Katsigazi the Deputy Inspector General of police who is also the deceased’s relative.

    Others are; Lt. Col. Albert Kashakamba cousin to the deceased, Lt. Col. Benon Muhinda Biteeya a cousin to the deceased and Patricia Katanga step daughter to the deceased.

    According to a petition filed at the Civil Division of the High Court Kampala, lawyers from M/S Kanduho & Company Advocates led by Frank Kanduho together with Paul Kutesa’s M/S Arcadia Advocates claim that there is a clandestine move by influential officers in government to make sure that the deceased does not get justice by helping the suspect walk free.

    Two powerful law firms representing Barnabas Bwaniaga Taremwa, a close friend to the deceased, want Court to establish a committee of experts to investigate the cause of his friend’s death.

    However, to protect their rights, Molly and her daughters have also hired President Museveni’s longtime lawyers of the Kampala Associated Advocates(KAA) to head the fight for their rights.

    It should be remembered that when the former Inspector General of police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura was arrested on charges related to treason, he also hired the same law firm and was saved.

    The same law firm also saved controversial city businessman Matthew Kanyamunyu who was charged with the murder of Kenneth Akena, a social worker. Senior counsel Peter Kabatsi and John Jet Tumwebaze led the negotiation to convince the DPP to accept their pre-bargaining prayer.

    They further convinced the trial judge Stephen Mubiru to accept the five years sentence which they had agreed upon with the DPP even though there was overwhelming evidence which would have sent Kanyamunyu on death penalty.

    KAA lawyers further saved Kanyamunyu’s girlfriend Cythia Munwangari who was also charged with offences related to murder. The charges were dropped immediately when KAA took over the matter from lawyers Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochieng.

    It is very likely that Molly’s team hired KAA Advocates to use their influence and legal expertise to make sure that their people don’t die in prison.

    Sources also revealed to theGrapevine that Molly has also hired Macdusman Kabega commonly nicknamed as the ‘devil’s advocate’ of Tumusiime Kabega & Company Advocates.

    Kabega has saved a number of prominent personalities.

    They include: the late Dr Aggrey Kiyingi Ssebowa who was facing murder charges after state alged that he masterminded the murder of his wife Robinah Kiyingi.

    Dr. Kiyingi was acquitted.

    Kabega also saved Sarah Nabikolo Ssebunya who was acquitted after State failed to convince court that she was behind murder of her husband Eria Bugembe Ssebunya alias Kasiwukira.

    If the trial of Molly and her daughters kicks off, they are likely to face off with DPP’s top legal brains who include Thomas Jatiko with the help from a team of lawyers from the DPP on behalf of the deceased friends.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Mirundi Narrates How He Survived Bullets After Allegedly Urinating On Pastor Ssenyonga’s Building…

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    Tamale Mirundi

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Senior Presidential Advisor on Media has narrated how he survived bullets while urinating on the building belonging to Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga of Christian Life Church in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi revealed that one day, during the days when he was still being hosted at Pastor Ssenyonga’s top radio every Monday, he was approached by a Local Defense Unity (LDU) Soldier who accused him of dirtening their place of work. The LDU officer told Mirundi that his action were likely to cause deadly diseases to those who attend the church.

    Mirundi said that when he denied committing any crime, the LDU officer started pointing at the zip of his trousers claiming that it was open. He carefully observed him coaching his gun.

    He boasted that his senses informed him that the LDU man wanted to shoot him. He jumped in the air like an SFC Command and kicked the LDU soldier in the chest sending him tumbling down.

    He added that he stepped on his neck and the LDU officer was saved by Mirundi’s SFC Commandos who were given to him by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who pleaded with him not to kill a government soldier.

    “For me I fear those LDU people and I don’t want to come close to them because they are naive and they always want to show the public that they know how to use a gun. They don’t normally get the opportunity to fire bullets like other soldiers who go to war. So I don’t want them to make me their shooting target,” Mirundi said.

    He further revealed that he made investigations through his Mirundi Internal Security Organisation (MISO) and established that there was a senior pastor who was behind the LDU soldier who wanted him dead because of his loyalty and support to House of Prayer Ministries International senior pastor Alosious Bujjingo.

    He claimed that the said pastor had a misunderstanding with Bujjingo and was the one behind Teddy Bujjingo Naluswa who is fighting Bijjingo’s divorce case at the Family Division of the High Court.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    TROUBLE: How Top Magistrate Fueled City Businessman’s Divorce To Chew His Wife…

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    Drama ensued recently when a Master of Ceremony (MC) was forced to withdraw a microphone from a city businessman who attacked a male magistrate accusing him of fueling the collapse of his marriage.

    The incident happened at a public engagement meeting that was held at a playground in one of the five Divisions that form Kampala city where the Division leadership and the magistrate (names withheld) were invited by the Division Deputy Resident City Commission to advise the public on how to prevent and fight crime and to assess the public’s views towards the Court’s performance in the area

    When the invited guest had finished making their speeches, the MC invited those with questions to ask for the microphone.

    Among the attendees was a businessman (names withheld) who is popular in the Division.

    When he raised his hand, the MC quickly gave him the microphone.

    “I thank all our leaders here for organising such a wonderful meeting to air out our grievances and problems. I have a serious issue with our magistrate who is here with us, I’m very sure that he knows me very well because I appeared before him defending my marriage but he used the law to make sure that I lose my wife,” the businessman said before the microphone was grabbed from him.

    The crowd started shouting on top of their voices asking the MC why he removed the microphone from their man. The crowd wondered why he was being silenced yet the meeting was called to give them the opportunity to air out their grievances.

    The MC advised the businessman to talk to his lawyers and advised him on how to get justice, insisting that he cannot allow a full magistrate to be humiliated without evidence.

    theGrapevine sat the businessman down quietly after the meeting and he narrated how the said magistrate stole his wife.

    The businessman claimed that it all started when he appeared before the said magistrate to defend the divorce case his wife had filed against him.

    He disclosed that throughout the whole case, the Magistrate was harsh towards him and he did not know why.

    “I pleaded with him to give me six months to sort out my issues with my wife because I was still in love with her given that her issue was very small but the man just directed me to come back the next week for the hearing of the case,” the businessman said.

    He claims that he was surprised one day when after the hearing, he waited at the court premises to talk to his wife, who spent almost an hour inside court.

    When he went back inside court to ask the clerk about the whereabouts of his wife, the clerk told him that she was still inside the magistrate’s chambers.

    He said that within one month after the incident, the magistrate had already finished the case, dissolved the marriage and while delivering his judgment warned him to stop playing with people’s daughters because in the end they kill their future.

    He claims that he did not respond to him but just moved out of the courtroom since he had lost his wife, and his properties.

    He said that the next time he saw his wife moving with the magistrate in the same car and he was told that they are in love which confirmed allegations that he was the one fueling their divorce to speed up the process because he was interested in her even though she was legally married.

    He was advised by his friend who is a lawyer to petition Judicial Service Commission for help.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lawyers Want International Police To Arrest Tycoon Bitature, Wife Carol As Court Of Appeal Justice Okays Criminal Prosecution Against Him Over Shs100bn Fraud…

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    Businessman Patrick Bitature (R) and wife Carol Bitature (Inset)

    Controversial city tycoon Patrick Bitature and wife Carol Bitature are in big trouble after lawyers representing Robert Kirunda the agent of the South African based money lending company Vantage Mezzanine Fund 11 Partnership kicked off the process of involving the International police to arrest them on sight.

    The lawyers led by Moses Muziki kicked off the process after defeating the businessman and his wife at the Court of Appeal where Justice Hallen Obura sitting as a single justice struck out the Bitatures’ application and allowed criminal prosecution slapped on them at Buganda Road Court to proceed.

    In her summary ruling, Justice Obura declared that Bitature and his wife’s application was incompetent and was wrongly filed in Court because they lacked locus to challenge the decision of the High Court Judge.

    Last month, Ronald Kayizzi, the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate issued Criminal summons against Bitature and Carol to answer to fraud charges against them.

    The accused persons are supposed to appear in Court next week.

    However theGrapevine has established that they are still out of the country and Kirunda’s lawyers fear that they might not come back but hide in the United States or United Kingdom where they went last month.

    “They know the evidence we have against them and they are on the run, we have to involve International police to arrest them on sight,” one of the lawyers said.

    When asked for the next move, Brian Moogi, the accused’s lawyer explained that he needs to first consult his client before announcing their next move.

    He however did not rule out the possibility of challenging Justice Obura’s ruling before the panel of three justices.

    Bitature and wife rushed to the Court Of Appeal after Justice Rosette Kania of the Criminal Division of the High Court ordered Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate to reinstate criminal charges against the accused persons which were dismissed by the same court.

    Bitature went to the Court of Appeal claiming that Justice Kania violated his rights and his wife’s rights by denying them the opportunity to be heard when the matter went before her.

    The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) took over the matter from Kirunda the Private Prosecutor and she is expected to proceed with it to its conclusion.

    Kirunda claims that in December 2014 at Diamond Trust Building along Kampala Road, Bitature and his wife through their companies of Linda Properties, Elgon Terrace Ltd and Simba Telecom borrowed Shs38bn from Vantage Mezzanine Fund 11 Partnership and they offered their companies’ shares as security.

    He added that between 2019 and 2020, they both fraudulently altered shares of their companies with intent to defraud Vantage Mezzanine Fund 11 Partnership of about Shs101bn.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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