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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has handed over the case file of the late businessman Henry Katanga to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for a decision on the legal consequences for the deceased’s wife, daughter, and male house helper. Katanga met his tragic end on November 01, 2023, inside his Mbuya Hill residence, fatally shot in his bedroom.

According to police detectives, Katanga’s demise was the result of a domestic dispute with his wife, Molly Katanga, culminating in the fatal shooting. The deceased was known for engaging in transactions with significant government institutions, including the Ministry of Defence. Ballistic experts confirmed that a pistol with the serial number UG 1622200061CZ99 was used to shoot him in the head.

The CID detectives have shared their findings and opted to seek advice from the DPP regarding the appropriate charges to be filed against the key suspects. Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed that the police experts are awaiting the DPP’s guidance, refraining from disclosing specific details about the suspects listed in the file.

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Nevertheless, it is known that Molly Katanga, her daughter Tricia Katanga, and a male house helper are among the suspects. Enanga disclosed that some suspects have been apprehended, while others have been transformed into witnesses.

Reports indicate that Molly was discovered unconscious in the master bedroom and subsequently taken to the International Hospital Kampala (IHK) for ongoing treatment. Allegedly, Tricia and the male house helper moved Katanga’s lifeless body from the bedroom to the living room after the fatal shooting.

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Sources suggest that Tricia was present at home during the incident and promptly called her sister after the shooting. Attempts to tamper with evidence reportedly led to the relocation of the body from the crime scene to the living room.

The initial report of Katanga’s murder was made to Peter Ogwang, the Officer in Charge of Bugolobi police station, who then alerted Jinja Road Main Station. Law enforcement officials, headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Geoffrey Katsigazi Tumusiime and Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Stephen Tanui, swiftly responded to the scene.

The deceased’s other daughter and Dr. Charles Otai have become witnesses in the case. Dr. Otai, initially called for first aid after the shooting, was reportedly arrested by police working with the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) but later handed over to the police. Both Dr. Otai and the male house helper are currently detained at the former Special Investigation Unit – SIU Kireka, currently occupied by the Flying Squad Unit and Crime Intelligence.

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The complexity of Katanga’s murder has sparked conflicting narratives, with some suggesting suicide after a heated argument, while others claim his wife was responsible for pulling the trigger. Katanga, a surviving prince of the disbanded Ankole kingdom, hails from Rubindi sub-county, Mbarara district. If Molly Katanga is found responsible for his death, the case will echo the complexity of Jacqueline Uwera Nsenga’s, sentenced to a 20-year jail term in 2014 for the murder of her husband, Juvenal Nsenga.

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