DPP Asks High Court to Dismiss Molly Katanga's Bail Application


The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions-DPP has requested the High Court Criminal Division in Kampala to reject the bail application submitted by Molly Katanga, who is facing charges of murdering her husband, businessman Henry Katanga.

Molly appeared before the Court on Wednesday via a Zoom link connecting her from Prison to Court and sought bail through her legal representatives Peter Kabatsi, MacDusman Kabega, Jet Tumwebaze, Bruce Musinguzi, and Ellison Karuhanga.

Before Justice Isaac Muwata, she presented four sureties, including niece Dr. Patrick Kabayo, retired civil servant Retired Gen Emmanuel Burundi Nyamwanisa, cousin brother and businessman Geoffrey Kamuntu, and State Minister for Health Margaret Muhanga.

The defense lawyers asserted to the Judge that their client is innocent of the charges against her.

Molly stated that prior to being remanded to Luzira Women’s Prison, she spent over two months at C-Care IHK Hospital for specialized treatment and underwent five major surgeries on her scalp and hands. She emphasized that her injuries necessitate specialized post-operative care for recovery, which is unavailable in prison.

She argued that during her stay at C-Care IHK Hospital from November 2nd, 2024, she was effectively under detention and inaccessible to relatives or friends without permission from the Uganda Police Force.

Molly asserted that she resides at Mbuya I, Mbuya Hill Village, Nakawa Division, and Kampala District, within the High Court's jurisdiction.

She highlighted that investigations into the case have concluded, assuring that she lacks the capacity and intent to interfere with investigations or witnesses if granted bail. Additionally, she noted her advanced age (55 years), her law-abiding citizenship, and her clean criminal record.

Molly petitioned the Court for release, citing her role as the sole breadwinner for her family and mother to a dependent child, despite being gainfully employed.

However, the Prosecution, led by Jonathan Muwaganya Chief State Attorney, and Samalie Wakooli, opposed the application. They argued that the presented sureties were insufficient, particularly due to the advanced age of two of them.

Muwaganya also pointed out that one of the sureties, Kamuntu, is under investigation for obstructing the police from performing their lawful duties in relation to the case investigations.

He further highlighted that Molly had been admitted to IHK hospital under a private arrangement for protection by officers of the Special Forces Command (SFC) attached to Kamuntu. This deployment, according to Muwaganya, impeded and obstructed police investigations.

Muwaganya expressed concerns over potential obstruction of justice, stating, "If a person is capable of obstructing at the stage of investigations, the risk is even higher now that the case is set for hearing on July 2nd, 2024."

The court also learned that Molly had been fully discharged from the hospital by the time of her arraignment. Moreover, she previously demonstrated an inability to comply with court processes, having appeared following a warrant of arrest by the Chief Magistrates Court.

The ruling on the bail application is scheduled for April 9th or 10th.

The Prosecution alleges that Molly Katanga shot dead her husband, businessman Henry Katanga, on November 2nd, 2023, at their home on Chwa two Road in Kampala.

They further contend that Katanga’s daughters, Patrica Kakwanzi and Martha Nkwazi, tampered with evidence crucial to proving their father’s murder. Additionally, the family’s shamba boy George Amanyire and male nurse Charles Otai face charges as accessories after the murder.

The four suspects were granted bail in February 2024 at two million shillings.

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