Panamera Murder: Assessors Advise Court to Acquit Desh Kananura, Accomplices of Worker’s Demise Charges

Businessman Desh Kananura
Businessman Desh Kananura

KAMPALA, Uganda: Before Justice Joseph Mulangira Tuesday, Court Assessors Rehema Babirye and Robert Kabuleeta presented their final verdict to Court, advising that the rally ace Desh Kananura be acquitted of his worker, Badru Kateregga’s murder charges.

The assessors also advised that Kananura’s brother Raymond and two other co-accused be extended the same ruling as Kananura but prayed that another accused, Patrick Onyango be convicted for failing to avail police with information. Justice has set April 25th as the day for his final verdict.

According to prosecution, the accused on September 30, 2012, allegedly tortured Badru Kateregga to death after they found him with sh30, 000 that exceeded the amount allowed to be held by any worker. Kateregga was a bar attendant at Panamera bar and Restaurant, located in the city suburb of Naguru.

The Penal Code Act (PCA), provides that any person who is convicted of murder faces a maximum penalty of death. On March 15, 2016, Justice Wilson Masalu-Musene withdrew from the case citing a local tabloid report that accused him of having vested interest in the matter, a reason it had dragged on since 2013.

Justice Musene explained that there was a bold headline stating that “it is not yet over’ in the local tabloid’s story alleging that while he was at Nakawa High Court, he refused to transfer the case to the High Court in Kampala, saying the court had ultimate jurisdiction to handle it. “The same tabloid stated in its story that a year later when the case was transferred to High Court, I was also transferred purposely to hear it,” Justice Musene said.

This prompted him to direct that the file be allocated to another Judge for purposes of justice. Desh and his co-accused are currently out on bail. On January 19, 2013, Desh, the lead suspect, who had been on the run since Kateregga was killed, was arrested at Entebbe Airport on his return from the United Kingdom.

Three days later, he was charged before City Hall Court in Kampala and remanded to Luzira Prison for the alleged murder. In the same year, court granted him cash bail of sh20m.

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