Court issues arrest warrant for Molly Katanga in husband’s murder case

Court issues arrest warrant for Molly Katanga in husband's murder case
The late Henry Katanga with his wife Molly. The couple had been married for nearly 30 years.

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court took action on Monday by issuing an arrest warrant for Molly Katanga, who had repeatedly failed to respond to court summons related to the charges concerning her husband Henry Katanga’s murder.

Chief Magistrate Elias Kakooza instructed the police to apprehend Molly by February 12, 2024, citing insufficient explanation of her injuries in the medical reports submitted by her legal team.

Magistrate Kakooza emphasized that if Molly is genuinely unwell, the legal system has provisions for managing sick individuals, and she could seek bail based on her medical condition at the High Court.

Molly Katanga, who has been hospitalized at IHK since November 2, 2023, allegedly due to injuries sustained on the day of her husband’s shooting, is required to appear alongside her daughters, Martha Nkwanzi Katanga and Patricia Kakwanza.

The two have already been committed to the High Court for their alleged involvement in their father’s murder at their family residence on Chwa II Road in Nakawa division, following the conclusion of police investigations.

Meanwhile, Henry Katanga’s daughters, Martha Nkwanzi and Patricia Kakwanza, along with the family’s shamba boy, George Amanyire, and medical practitioner Charles Otai, have been committed to the High Court for trial.

Chief Magistrate Elias Kakooza, following the directives of Director of Public Prosecutions Jane Frances Abodo, issued the committal order, with Chief State Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya presenting the necessary papers.

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The charges against the quartet involve being accessories to the murder of Henry Katanga. The sisters are accused of tampering with crucial evidence related to their father’s murder at the family’s Nakawa residence on Chwa 2 Road in Kampala on November 2, 2023.

The prosecution contends that they intentionally removed, destroyed, or concealed items crucial to the judicial proceedings.

Molly Katanga, the widow, remains hospitalized due to injuries reportedly sustained during the incident surrounding her husband’s murder. Amanyire and Otai face accusations of aiding Molly Katanga and her daughters in avoiding punishment, despite being aware of their involvement in the crime.