My name is Stella Ndibasa, a Ugandan citizen. I have followed the Henry Katanga case from its onset because for many years, my mother (now deceased) was a beneficiary of loans from the late Henry Katanga. Those loans put my siblings & I through school & kept her business afloat till she died.
When my mother died, I went to plead with him to loan me money to finish my 3rd year. He said he would pay my 3rd year debt free & pay for a small graduation party after. Uncle Henry as we called him, not only paid for my University but for my Diploma too. He also paid half of the school fees of my other siblings & covered their requirements for 2 years as he had pledged.
It was a surprise for me to read the article purporting that he was lazy, that was far from the truth that good man worked through his humble Nkurumah road office. When I heard a voice note calling to those that knew him to speak up, I couldn’t pass up on the chance.
It was a big surprise to learn that Henry was such a notable figure with such influential relatives. He was so humble & down to earth, he related well with many, including the boda boda men in front if my mother’s stall. I attended the court proceedings for the Henry Katanga case on Monday 4th December & I will share some findings from looking around, my thoughts & observations.
I am not personally known to either families except for the deceased but I have been curious on what the delay to serve justice is about (in my opinion, this case is quite obvious, despite all the theatrics). It is paraded as two powerful families from the same region, going at each other, but instead of deterring me, a Muganda, I have become more curious.
The efforts from the Katanga family of ‘justice for Henry Katanga’ are clear but the objectives for the delay tactics from the other side are unclear. Do they want the case to “die,” a reduced sentence or to draw out all the sympathy they can get from whomever? But to what end? A murder took place & it’s only right to put away the murderer(s). Wama Ugandan justice system is really disabled.
Perhaps they have a hat trick that a ghost or a Mucwezi killed him but Bacwezi have been known to be graceful, life preserving spirits, owaye! This fight of elephants, olemwa!
I would like to pay kudos to Molly the alleged murderer for having her legal team cover her & her co-accused to make sure they have no chance to confess/expose what happened or take a plea deal but she’s lying. They already shared their accounts from the events that happened. The problem with this is there are other players that are being ignored: people like this man with an identity crisis & short man syndrome Naboth Rwabwera/Mwesigwa, Denise. If there was a community court, the wife too would be called to explain why she is going to witch-doctors near & far to ‘kill’ the case.
Before I share my thoughts on what happened at court, I am researching a bit on these families. I made curious inquiries that led me to Mbuya & its environs, Nkrumah road where Henry worked & Forest Mall where Molly has an office & to my surprise some interesting military persons are speaking anonymously. My curiosity is paying off even when family members from both sides are tight lipped, except some of Molly’s relatives.
Contrary to popular belief, Molly the alleged murderer is not from much of powerful ties except for Geoffrey Kamuntu that is now divorced from the first family & is always seen at IHK, despite allegedly being instructed to stop going there, a source at IHK revealed. Her other powerful ties are with General David Muhoozi (former CDF) that allegedly gave her the arms supply deal/contract from which she amassed a lot of money, power & influence.
Through the contract is where she made powerful connections with the Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary Rosette Byengoma & other military generals whose front runner in this case is Maj Gen Sam Kavuma (former body guard to the President) including relatives of Henry like Charity Bainababo (former body guard to the First Lady), Albert Kashakamba & Naboth Rwabwera Mwesigwa. Molly has them at her beck & call because of the huge commission she pays them from the more than 10 billion shillings contract & the subsequent favours she extends to them.
Molly has been notably praised by Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, firstly at Tricia’s kuhingira where he said that he calls Molly ‘Aunt’ & ‘Mother’ depending on how broke he is. I attended this function with my fiancé at the request of Henry & my eyes almost popped out of my socket but it seemed not to take anyone else by surprise. And on Henry’s funeral, he stood firm for Molly, speaking authoritatively on her injuries & their extent. I was there too. Hopefully, when the time comes, he will be a key witness of the defence to the extent of the injuries she suffered since he saw her receive the surgeries he spoke of.
Also despite not being related to Maj Gen Sam Kavuma’s family, Molly was a ‘ssenga’ on his daughter’s Kuhingira that she heavily funded. This is lugambo given to me by one of the women showing up to court for Tricia, & you say we have “enkwe.” The Banyankole are front runners. Perhaps that explains why military generals were the first & fast responders at the murder scene. They must owe Molly a lot.
I was also shown social media articles, albeit some being in runyakitara, on Col. Naboth Rwabwera/Mwesigwa, a relative of Henry working for Molly & I thought they were rather aggressive. However, looking into him has been a sad state of discovering years of identity crisis, as evidently seen in his name changes & a nasty, not so secret personal life.
I took interest in Henry’s relatives benefiting from Molly & found that Albert Kashakamba allegedly counted Henry’s cows with the deceased’s son, on the day of the burial. As for Charity Bainababo, time will expose her. Molly comes from an average family, with all her connections being money relationships & otherwise.
On the other hand, Henry Katanga (the deceased) is a nephew to the First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni. Henry’s elderly mother is a first cousin to the First Lady. The First Lady briefly mentions her in her book (My Life’s journey), Henry is a nephew to Minister Bright Rwamirama & he is also a Prince in the Ankole kingdom. He is spoken of quite well by all that interacted with him as a man of few words, one that worked hard & attained a lot of success but lived a quiet life. I remember him as all the above & one that is key in our education.
Noteably Gen. Mugira on Henry’s funeral, said that Henry was the treasurer of one of their investment clubs because he had integrity. This is contrary to a claim made by Molly that he was lazy & she made all the money & bought all the assets. Would a lazy man be trusted by the generals to be their treasurer?! Laziness goes hand in hand with dishonesty. He was a money lender & many of the people he lent money showed up at court for him. We are in the initial stages of the Henry Katanga Fund to help others like he helped us.
On the atmosphere in Nakawa Magistrates courtroom 1, the tension mixed with anxious anticipation was palpable. Seated on what we will call aisle A, were evidently relatives & friends of the slain Henry Katanga adorned in T-shirts of “Justice for Henry Katanga” and what we will call aisle B, were the friends & relatives of the alleged cold-blooded murderer Molly Bunanukye & her co-accused sat.
When the remanded were eventually brought in, the environment further charged: Tricia & the doctor wearing masks while shamba boy had no mask, with cameras clicking away & some people from aisle B being moved to make sitting space for the prisoners before they go to dock.
While in the dock, I noticed that Tricia had her back to the crowd, I tried to make sense of ‘why’ & in my layman self, I don’t think it was the camera she was evading, she already had a mask on. I am convinced it was the gloom that shame brings, that she couldn’t look at her father’s relatives & friends square. I also noticed, she freely spoke to the doctor, as a familiar person, but never to the shamba boy who worked at her father’s house. I was left wondering on how many other “favours at a fee” the doctor has done for Molly & her children. If only Tricia could see through it as many of us see, she’s being a scapegoat for her mother’s crime.
Amongst the overflow of persons in attendance, were a few odd looking people (you know that smoker face & lips kind of look, coupled with a hungover tired look), quite different from the faces of those seated, they reeked of sweat & weed. I held my bag closer to my body, I felt uncomfortable, so I inquired from someone that I later learnt was a cousin to Tricia’s husband. He said they were Tricia Kakwenza’s friends from the various weed ghettos she runs. They were paid to come & cheer for her if she is released on bail.
To say I was surprised would be an understatement. What was a young girl from a rich family doing around ghetto people? But also, why was he blatantly telling me this? I thought it was a hoax until I later saw him around Trisha, but I digress.
From court; amidst all that went on, these were my highlights as an observer. My star legal persons from isle A were Kanduho & even more the Senior State Attorney Miriam. She meant business & stayed on content over banter, she spoke with precision & confidence. Watch out for her in a few years, I dare predict that she will be sitting on the other side of the gavel soon, if she keeps this up. Molly & your blood thirsty team, please don’t kill the woman too or bribe her. Let the battle be free & fair, omanyi mwe temwewumuzaamu.
Still on the legal persons, the star legal counsel for aisle B was 3rd Chair Bruce. He deserves 1st chair, he stuck to content & professionalism, applied strategy while mentioning bail. The legal team of aisle B, specifically Jet Tumwebaze demeaning the aggrieved family doesn’t do their case any justice. I have seen him in other cases & he remains true to his sewerage/gutter like streak.
The legal team of aisle B defended Molly & Martha’s absence from court with spirit including their display of photos of her alleged injuries. Unfortunately it didn’t do much for them. The hope is they’re not misleading the court with their photos. The Senior State Attorney’s response to the photos squashed their efforts. Both legal teams put up a good fight.
However, the defence has many glaring gaps they need to cover if they are to live up to the size of their invoice & fortify their name in criminal law. Charging like bulls on heat will perforate their obviously staggering defence, as I see them fidgeting too much & wanting to address minor issues in such a big case. On the state side, solid evidence & facts will take the day.
As this case continues to unfold, perhaps we shall look into the Procurement & Selection process for those that are given Weapons supply contracts in the Ministry of Defence/UPDF in Uganda. What are the pre-qualifications to become a supplier? Who sits on the committee that makes the selections? What are the measures to ensure the suppliers are not abusing their own product? All this & more.
The old man with a hat has done well with the Military but his greedy folk that have become heavily commercial/money minded with investment clubs that will bring his efforts down. This case has a cause & effect like every other & the generals too have a part to play in this case, in the background. We saw the mighty Kaihura fall amongst so many others. Molly & the generals too should fall. Those children should pay for their part in this case & be rehabilitated to hopefully return as useful members of society.
My name is Stella Ndibasa, pursuing an LLM in a neighboring Country. I am still in Uganda, come & find me. Like was said, you can’t kill us all, blood thirsty creeps. James, Marjorine, Barnabas etal let’s fight for the truth till Justice is served. #JusticeForHenryKatanga. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 041 4674611 or email us at email@example.com).