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Why Molly Katanga’s court Bail Application has been denied


By Jumah Kakomo

In a significant turn of events at the High Court in Kampala, Justice Isaac Muwata has denied bail to Molly Katanga, marking a pivotal moment in a case that has captured the nation’s attention.

Molly Katanga, who faces charges in connection with the death of her husband, businessman Henry Katanga, on November 2nd, 2023, had her plea for temporary release rejected due to lack of response from the Luzira Prison medical team, who received a request to certify Molly Katanga’s injuries and instead forwarded the request to Mulago Hospital.

The judge said that in spite of substantial sureties, he cannot grant bail to Molly Katanga because the law requires the medical exception to be certified by Luzira Prison. 

During the bail hearing, Katanga’s legal team, led by notable attorneys including Peter Kabatsi and MacDusman Kabega, presented a compelling case for her release, emphasizing her medical condition, including severe injuries and an amputated finger, sustained through what they argued was domestic violence. They also highlighted her status as a primary caregiver and the sole breadwinner for her family, underscoring her longstanding reputation as a law-abiding citizen.

Despite these arguments, the prosecution, headed by Chief State Attorney Samalie Wakooli, contested the bail application, raising concerns about the potential for interference with ongoing investigations and questioning the reasons of for bail presented.

The decision has been met with strong reactions from the public, with supporters of Katanga expressing disappointment and concern for her wellbeing.

These developments have added layers of complexity to a case that is already under intense scrutiny from both the public and media.

The focus now shifts to the impending trial on July 2nd, where all eyes will be on the evidence presented and the arguments made by both sides in this politically charged case.

Why Molly Katanga’s court Bail Application has been denied

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