10 January 2013

Uganda: Kananura Criminal Summons Extended

City tycoon Andrew Kananura, who has been accused for torturing his employee Badru Kateregga to death in Kampala last year, failed to appear in court due to medical reasons.

Kananura, as known as Desh, was supposed to appear at City Hall Court on Wednesday to answer charges of murder.

His lawyer claimed that he [Desh] was diagnosed in the United Kingdom with diabetes mellitus after having high blood sugar levels.

Kananura, who has defied court criminal summons twice, was charged with murder in absentia for allegedly brutally torturing his bar attendant to death at Panamera Bar and Restaurant.

The State attorney requested for an adjournment in order to pave way for new investigations.

Kananura was charged together with Cyrus Maganda, 29, Samuel Muzulewa, 26 and Jacob Oyango, 40 who were paraded before court to answer charges of murder.

According to the State attorney, medical documents in respect to the accused indicate that he [Kananura] was discharged in October last year.

"Since the medical statements states that he was cleared, cross examination was recommended," said the State attorney.

Katerega - a Senior Six leaver - was killed after he was found with sh30, 000 and a bank statement of over sh10.5m, yet it is reported that Kananura had his employees never to carry any money with them to and from the bar.

The tycoon's bar employees who made a statement at Kiira Road police station reported that their boss had been torturing them for a long time.

Sometimes, they said, Kananura would undress and force waitresses into "some abominable acts."

According to Mulago Hospital - where a postmortem was carried out - the deceased stood a chance of surviving if he had been rushed to the national health facility.

Kateregga was a resident of Kisaasi in Kampala.

According to prosecution, the accused committed the crime in September last year.

Judge Juliet Hatanga extended the criminal summons to January, 21 for further mentioning to ensure that Kananura attends court that day.

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