By Elizabeth Ankunda

3rd April 2024

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

Today, Molly appeared before the Court via a Zoom link connecting her from Prison to Court and applied for bail through her lawyers Peter Kabatsi, MacDusman Kabega, Jet Tumwebaze, Bruce Musinguzi, and Ellison Karuhanga.

She appeared before Justice Isaac Muwata and presented four sureties.

They included a niece Dr. Patrick Kabayo, a retired civil servant, Retired Gen Emmanuel Burundi Nyamwanisa, a farmer in Nyabushozi in Kiruhura, her cousin brother and businessman Geoffrey Kamuntu, and the State Minister for Health Margaret Muhanga.

The lawyers told the Judge that their client was innocent of the charges preferred against her.

According to Molly, before being committed to the High Court and later remanded to Luzira Women’s Prison, she had spent over two months at C-Care IHK Hospital where she received specialized treatment and underwent five major surgeries to her scalp and hands. She added that the injuries require a lot of specialized post-operative care for her recovery, which is not available in prison.

Molly asked Court to release her saying that although she is gainfully employed, she is the sole breadwinner of her family and the mother of a child of tender years who is dependent on her and has a place of aboard in Mbuya Nakawa Division in Kampala.

However, the Prosecution led by Jonathan Muwaganya Chief State Attorney, and Samalie Wakooli opposed the application arguing that the sureties presented were not substantial since two of them were of advanced age and one of them, Kamuntu is under investigation for obstructing the police from doing their lawful duty about the investigations in the same case.

Ruling for the bail application has been fixed for April 9th or 10th.

Wednesday 3rd April 2024 07:08:53 PM