Molly Katanga denied Bail Again

Molly Katanga, the widow of the slain businessman Henry Katanga, has been denied bail for the second time.

Despite suffering from various health issues, including nasal and sinus problems, vertigo, breast masses, and hypertension, the 55-year-old has been sent back to remand as she awaits trial for her husband's alleged murder.

High Court Judge Isaac Muwata denied her bail, citing the serious nature of the murder charge and noting that her medical condition had been previously presented in her first unsuccessful bail application.

Judge Muwata stated that since there has been no change in circumstances since the first application, the bail request was dismissed.

Molly's lawyers requested a medical examination, which was conducted on February 8, 2024, by three specialists from Mulago National Referral Hospital, with the resident doctor of Murchison Bay Hospital present. The court was informed of the findings.

The examination revealed a cystic mass in her left breast, post-traumatic stress disorder, hypertension, vertigo, resolving tissue injury, and breast fibrocystic disease. Molly also mentioned that the doctors recommended trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. She is currently undergoing treatment for hypertension and receiving regular blood pressure monitoring.

Additionally, Molly requires follow-up with an ear, nose, and throat surgeon for her sinusitis and vertigo and needs to monitor her breast symptoms. She argued that a follow-up evaluation on April 12 at Luzira women's prison showed she had not received the recommended treatment from Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Prosecution, led by Samalie Wakooli, stated that Molly's second bail application could only be made under peculiar circumstances.

Molly is charged alongside her daughters, Patricia Kakwenza and Martha Nkwanzi Katanga, medical officer Dr. Charles Otai, and domestic worker George Amanyire.

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