A tragic incident unfolded in the upscale Kampala suburb of Mbuya, leaving a man fatally injured from a firearm-related head injury and his wife clinging to life with a shattered skull near their marital bed.
First responders were greeted by this distressing scene when the shooting was reported on a Thursday morning.
The community has been abuzz with rumors since the incident.
At a funeral service held for Henry Katanga, the slain man, at All Saints Church Nakasero, mourners were urged to refrain from drawing premature conclusions about the circumstances.
Henry’s wife, Molly, is currently fighting for her life in the hospital.
Major General Sam Kavuma, a friend of the deceased and deputy coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, addressed the attendees, emphasizing the need to let the police conduct their investigation.
He questioned how anyone could make conclusions about the tragedy that unfolded in the bedroom of a couple who had lived together for over 30 years.
The Kampala community is still struggling to come to terms with the shocking incident. Just the previous weekend, Henry Katanga had proudly given away his eldest daughter in marriage.
Known as a successful businessman, Katanga had recently been appointed as the treasurer of a 20-strong investment group.
Lt Gen James Mugira, the managing director of National Enterprises Corporation and a member of the investment club, praised Katanga’s integrity while carrying out his responsibilities.
He pointed out that even prominent figures in history had met untimely ends, underlining the sudden shift from happiness to sadness in the Katanga family.
The State Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Bright Rwamirama, who is also the deceased’s uncle, expressed the challenges of addressing such a situation when there are more questions than answers.
He called for an expeditious resolution of the matter to bring closure to the community.
Henry Katanga will be laid to rest in his ancestral home in Kikatsi, Nyabushozi, Kiruhura District.