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    Tycoon Katanga Murder: Why DPP Abodo Changed Prosecutors In Fear Of Lawyer Kabega And Team As Fight To Rescue Widow Molly From Death Sentence Intensifies…



    L-R: The late Henry Katanga, wife Molly Katanga who is the prime suspect and DPP Abodo

    Murdered City tycoon Henry Katanga’s file has given Justice Jane Frances Abodo the Director for Public Prosecution (DPP) sleepless nights as she tries to choose the best prosecutors to counter the accused persons defense lawyers.

    The accused’s lawyers include; MacDusman Kabega, Elison Karuhanga, Bruce Musinguzi and Jet John Tumwebaze all from famous Kampala Associated Advocates(KAA).

    They have been tasked to deliver justice for the deceased and his family including his 90 years old mother Milielly Kyabuhooro Katanga.

    Katanga’s murder file has pitted top government officials including Generals in Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and in Uganda police force against each other, and it took a strong stand from Justice Abodo to sanction murder charges against the accused persons.

    Justice Abodo first assign Doreen Elima the Nakawa Chief Magistrate State Attorney to led the preliminary prosecution of the accused persons led by Molly Katanga, a highly connected wealthy woman who is currently being held as the prime suspect in the murder of her husband.

    State insists that she is the one who pulled the trigger that finished Katanga’s life who was a prince in Ankole.

    Molly was charged with murder and her daughters Patricia Kakwanza, Martha Katanga Nkwanzi, city medical doctor Charles Otai and George Amanyire, a domestic worker at Katanga’s home, are also charged with the offence of Destroying evidence in the murder.

    Justice Abodo then dispatched Mariam Kuluthum to assist Elima to lead the preliminary prosecution with the help of the former deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana also a reknown ‘ruthless’ lawyer together with Frank Kanduho.

    However, during the course of preliminary prosecution before Nakawa Chief Magistrate Elias Kakooza, who committed the accused persons including the prime suspect Molly Katanga who is still at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) intensive care unit, Justice Abodo realised that experienced criminal law giants like Kabega can spoil her case at the preliminary prosecution by misleading her prosecutor to make unnecessary mistakes.

    She immediately decided to assign one of her best to handle the matter from the lower court.

    Samali Wakholi a known’ ruthless’ prosecutor’ told Magistrate Kakooza that Justice Abodo directed her to takeover Katanga’s file on Friday last week before they appear in court on Monday.

    Lawyer Kabega who is leading the defense team was shocked to meet Wakholi at the magistrate’s court because usually she handles files at the High Court.

    Kabega immediately briefed fellow defense lawyers to pull up their socks noting that Wakholi is in for a fight.

    Wakholi together with current Crimes War Division judge, Alice Komuhangi made Kabega drink a number of water bottles as they led the prosecution against Sarah Nabikolo Ssebunya who was battling with murder charges.

    State was accusing Nabikolo of planing the murder of her husband Eriya Bugembe Ssebunya alias Kasiwukira, a city businessman.

    Nabikolo survived narrowly but her young sister Sandra Nakungu and her boyfriend Ashiraf Jadeni a police officer were convicted by late High Court judge Wilson Musene Masalu.

    Justice Abodo also assigned her blue eyed boy Jonathan Muwaganya who colleagues at DPP’s chambers and lawyers nicknamed ‘Lubalusewa’ because he always runs from one Court to another whenever the DPP realises any weaknesses in their cases.

    Muwaganya is currently leading prosecution in pastor Robert Kayanja’s defamation case at Mengo court assisting Wakholi.

    Muwaganya forced city businessman Matthew Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangali to fire their lawyers including Kabega, Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochieng.

    Kanyamunyu later hired KAA Advocates lawyers led by former Solicitor General Peter Kabaste and Jet Tumwebaze to mediate their pre-bargaining after realising that Muwaganya was going to secure conviction against them on charges of killing child right activitst Kenneth Akena.

    Muwaganya also forced former Kampala Central police Station commander Aaron Baguma to drink bottles of Rwenzori when he objected to his bail application at the Criminal Division of the High Court.

    This year, Muwaganya has registered a number of convictions and most prominent among them is against Coporiyamu Kasolo, alias Arsenal who murdered social worker Maria Nagirinya and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa.

    Justice Abodo also assigned Anna Kizza to assist Wakholi and Muwaganya and sources at DPP’s chambers told theGrapevine that every day, they hold meetings together with lawyers to strategise on how to handle the case.

    However, they should know that lawyer Kabega does not want to lose high ranking murder cases and he plans to add Katanga’s case on his long criminal trial victories he has secured including that of 2006 when he saved late Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi who was accused of murdering his wife lawyer Robinah Kayaga Kiyingi.

    However, theGrapevine has established that Katanga’s lawyers have succumbed to pressure from the DPP and police to produce their client before Nakawa Chief Magistrate so that she is formally charged with murder charges.

    She will appear on 8th January, 2024 when the case will be again mentioned.

    The mighty Grapevine has also learnt that Katanga’s lawyers are in clandestine mobilization to secure a judge at the Criminal Division of the High Court to give their client court bail immediately after she has been formally charged at Nakawa Court so that she does not spend months at Luzira prison like her daughters.

    Katanga’s lawyers have already written to Dr. Flavia Zeija the Principle Judge pleading with him to intervene and save their client from being harassed by police detectives who are camping at IHK hospital.

    They allege that these officers recently attempted to arrest Molly from the Intensive Care Unit where she was undergoing surgical operation.

    Katanga was murdered on 2nd November, 2023 inside his posh house at Mbuya a Kampala suburb.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Stanbic Bank In Trouble, Client Petitions Court After She Was Defrauded Of Shs68m Via Flexi Pay…



    Stanbic Bank CEO Anne Jjuuko whose bank is under fire

    Nakku Joweria a resident of Kyebando has sued Stanbic Bank Uganda limited for failing in its duty of protecting her saving account leading to defrauding her of shillings 68 million which was withdrawn from her account in a period of 24 hours through Flexi pay an application she had never registered for.

    In a court case filed before the Commercial division of the High Court of Uganda and coming up for directions in the registrar Christa Namutebi’s chambers, on the 24th June, 2024 at 9:40am, Nakku Joweria through his lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates contends that between 7th and 8th February, 2023, there was unauthorized withdrawal of 68 million shillings from her savings account No. 903000026244 via the Flexi Pay Banking, a platform of Stanbic Bank and a total of 28 unauthorized transactions were conducted by fraudsters who fraudulently accessed her account undetected by the bank.

    She questions how a savings account which had a transaction limit was significantly exceeded during the unauthorized and undetected fraudulent transactions which led to her losing her’ money.

    “Our client has been a loyal client of Stanbic bank since 2001 way before the implementation of the FlexiPay system and at no point did she sign up for or activate the flexi pay on her savings account. The 28 unauthorized withdrawals from our clients account using four unknown Airtel lines raises serious questions and/ or lapses on the part of the bank for which we hold the bank specifically liable for the loss since it was in a better position to detect and prevent this fraud had it exercised reasonable care to detect these suspicious 28 unauthorized transactions that took place within 24 hours on a savings account that was rarely operated by our client,” reads the documents in parts.

    She also questions the effectiveness of the bank’s authentication protocols with their flexi pay system, effectiveness of the transaction monitoring to the extent of allowing 28 unauthorized transactions within 24 hours using four unknown Airtel lines and significantly exceeding the account limit.

    Nakku wants court to direct Stanbic Bank to reimburse 68 million to her account that was fraudulently withdrawn and pay her the costs and damages.

    On 6th February 2023, Nakku Joweria lost her phones to the robbers on her way to work at around 9pm. She reported the incident to police at 9am and to the telecom companies on the 7th February 2023.

    However, the telecom companies MTN and Airtel couldn’t process the new simcards because she had misplaced her original National Identity card.

    The robbers used her MTN number to open up a wallet on the Flexi pay which number had four other Airtel numbers that don’t belong to her which they used to make 28 unauthorized withdraws of 68 million shillings from her Stanbic bank saving account on the 7th and 8th February in a space of only 24 hours.

    When she went to withdraw some money from her account on the 6th, March 2023 that’s when she realized that her money was fraudulently withdrawn from her account.

    She wrote to the bank manager complaining about the matter and the bank promised to do thorough investigations to reveal how the money was withdrawn by the fraudsters.

    Through her lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates, she wrote a demand notice to Stanbic Bank manager to reimburse her money since it was their weakness and fault for failure to efficiently protect her account.

    The bank through Twine Arnold, the senior legal advisor, Risk and Dispute Management wrote back with an out of court settlement request.

    However, the bank had proposed to reimburse only 34 million out of the 68 million on the premise that the settlement shall not be taken as admission of liability by any of the parties, a proposal she rejected and instead thought for legal redress in the commercial court.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    INSIDE STORY: How Top Legislators Shared $5m Vitol Oil Deal Bribe; Intelligence Warns M7 On How Corrupt Officials Can Cause Downfall Of His Gov’t…



    Yusuf Mutembuli (Bunyole East), Paul Akamba (Busiki county) and Cissy Namujju (Lwengo Woman MP) who were charged with corruption

    During the State of Nation Address, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni revealed that he is very careful when dealing with corrupt government officials.

    Museveni however explained that if he fires or imprisons all of them, who will he work with in his government.

    Highly placed sources in one of the highly feared intelligence agency told theGrapevine that Museveni made the said statement after reading a well detailed dossier on how government officials especially those from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development connive with senior Members of Parliament and heads of government agencies to fuel corruption in the country.

    Through the said report, Museveni established that his government officials and MPs own multibillion properties locally and internationally and most of them are registered in shudder companies and names of their relatives.

    Details in the report authored by the said intelligence agency matched with the details in the private report authored by Museveni’s trusted seasoned diplomat who revealed the particulars of the properties and companies owned by government officials abroad.

    Museveni instructed his trusted diplomat to author for him the said report after the United Kingdom sanctioned the Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among maintaining that he owns fat bank accounts, owns a house abroad and is a big spender.

    It was also revealed that Among has children who are studying from good schools in their country insisting that investigations made by United Kingdom intelligence established that all the money Among used to purchase, buy and educate her children is as a result of corruption.

    However, in his letter to speaker Among, Museveni asked the speaker to confirm to him whether the house in the United Kingdom is owned by her or she is just renting it.

    Among publicly disowned the said house and properties insisting that Rishi Sunak’s government was giving forged documents to President Museveni to cement their allegations that she owns properties in their country.

    She maintained that she doesn’t even own a pussycat in their country.

    Because of the sanctions against the speaker, Museveni directed further investigation in alleged corruption in parliament and more rot was discovered which included $5m Vitol Oil Company bribe.

    Highly placed sources claim that when the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka started the process of legalizing the monopoly of selling oil in Uganda and all the powers be given to Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), Swiss based Vitol Oil Company also kicked off the process of taking the deal.

    Sources claim that a number of senior legislators especially lawyers and those sitting on the parliamentary legal committee were approached and they accepted the deal of fighting for the interest of their company to be chosen as the only oil company to sell fuel to UNOC.

    “When the president was in Kenya recently, President Ruto complained that Kenyan companies lost the deal to supply fuel to UNOC because of corruption. The President was preaching the cooperation of the East Africa countries and was shocked because Ruto had all the evidence implicating top government officials and legislators. What the President is doing is to punish those greedy people who placed him in bad light,” a source said.

    Museveni struggled to convince President William Ruto to accept the issuing of the operation license to UNOC because Kenyans were very bitter with the way they lost the multibillion oil deal in Uganda.

    Museveni government and that of Ruto also signed other deals in agriculture and trade and with immediate effect Museveni direct Kiryowa Kiwanuka to withdraw the case Uganda had filed in the East African Court of Justice against the government of Kenya.

    Sources claim that $5m bribe was paid to legislators in installments and legislators especially those on parliamentary committees received their share in installments.

    It should be noted that among the legislators who are currently in detention include; Yusuf Mutembuli, the Bunyole East Member of Parliament and also the vice chairperson of the parliamentary legal committee; Cissy Namujju Donozio the Lwengo district woman legislator and Paul Akamba the Busiki County legislator.

    The trio were yesterday charged have with corruption and they pleaded not guilty. Court records indicate they solicited a percentage share of the Uganda Human Rights Commission’s 2024/25 budget, promising to influence its increase.

    However, just like legislators, top government officials are also panicking over the ongoing investigation against them plus Museveni himself.

    Sources disclosed that because of the scare, it is the reason why Museveni has summoned the National Resistance Movement (NRM) top party organ the Central Executive Committee (CEC) for an emergency meeting on Friday.

    Emmauael Lumala Ddombo the NRM Director for Communication and Information confirmed the said meeting noting that there was a serious decision which was not taken during the Monday meeting which was chaired by Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo the National Vice chairperson.

    Ddombo declined to reveal the decision which was not taken and why they need the guidance of their chairperson.

    Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi the NRM vice chairperson in charge of Buganda told theGrapevine that the president has started biting the corrupt and they will all support him in this struggle.

    He added Museveni has to act on corruption very seriously because it is going to be a strong factor in the coming elections.

    Sources allege that Museveni is going to use the said meeting to share evidence he has received on the huge corruption in parliament with CEC members and a decision will be taken on how to handle the situation.

    Sources said that the decision which is going to be taken is likely going to affect Speaker Among and Adolf Mwesigye the Clark to parliament since they have slept on the job as legislators used their positions to place the country in bad light.

    Museveni is also expected to brief CEC concerning the advice he received from intelligence who warned him that if he doesn’t properly handle the issue of corruption, it can cause the downfall of his government since these government officials can facilitate and sponsor candidates against NRM in the 2026 general elections, sponsor rioters and demonstrators hence creating insecurity in the country.

    But other sources said that CEC members cannot advise Museveni on corruption related issues, because they are also under probe.

    However, seasoned political commentator and also senior presidential advisor on media, Joseph Tamale Mirundi insists that there is no government official who can threaten Museveni because he is the one who made them and has the alternative to weaken them.

    He gave the example of how he weakened John Patrick Amama Mbabazi the former Prime minister and NRM Secretary General who was once branded as the engine that runs Museveni’s government.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Criminal Gang Commander Sent To 15 Years Imprisonment For Tormenting Buganda Road Court Magistrate Kamasanyu…



    Buganda Road Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu

    Justice Margaret Mutonyi of the High Court Criminal Division has sentenced Biral Mulinzi, a city criminal gang commander to 15 years imprisonment for tormenting controversial Buganda Road Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu.

    Mulinzi amended his plea and admitted guilt on charges of aggravated robbery after seeing Kamasanyu preparing herself in the courtroom to stand in the dock and testify against him and other accused persons on the same file.

    Prosecution told court that on 17th July 2021, Mulinzi commanded his gang members who were moving on a motorcycle to attack Kamasanyu who was standing at the gate of Green Hill Academy in Namuwongo a Kampala city suburb.

    The gang who were already high, insulted Kamasanyu by slapping, kicking and showering her with blows until they overpowered her and took off with her handbag.

    In her statement, Kamasanyu said that she was standing at the school gate waiting for the security guard to bring for her the primary leaving examination results of her son which were just released by Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB).

    She explained that the guards stopped her from entering the school because they were the rules put in place to fight the spread of Covid-19.

    She said that the gang took off with her money, Bank ATM card, her iPhone Promax phone, Apple Ear pods, keys to her office and home and her cosmetics.

    Mulinzi was arrested by police after being captured by roadside cameras.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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