BUDAKA-The acquittal of businessman and rally driver Andrew ‘Desh’ Kananura by High Court Judge Joseph Murangira has distressed the family of the late Badru Kateregga, an attendant at the former’s Panamera Bar in Naguru.
Last Friday Justice Murangira set Kananura and his co-accused, brother Raymond Kananura, Cyrus Maganda, Samuel Muzolewa and Jacob Onyango free citing failure by prosecution to prove the case ‘beyond reasonable doubt’.
Further, according to Justice Murangira, the prosecution also failed to produce the investigating police officers to give evidence, after the officers claimed they feared for their lives.
However, in an interview with EagleOnline, Kateregga’s mother Rehema Hamuza said the case that dragged since September 2012 had negatively impacted on their family, with her husband and father to the deceased, succumbing to death in March 2014, two years after the death of his son, who was reportedly killed for being in possession of a Shs30, 000 tip, purportedly against the rules of the bar.
“It is unfortunate and regrettable (Kananura’s acquittal) to be telling us that the man who masterminded the killing of our child has been acquitted,” a teary Ms. Hamuza said at her home in Kamonkoli, Budaka district, adding that the family had lost trust in the judiciary.
She also said her three grandchildren; among them Ashraf Badru and Waluda Badru, sired by the late Kateregga, had failed to go to school for lack of school fees.
Meanwhile, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has said it will appeal the court ruling, with Spokesperson Jane Okuo Kajuga saying the judge did not put attention to details provided by their office.
“It is or considered opinion that he (the Judge) did not evaluate the evidence at all. We don’t understand how he came to this conclusion,” Ms Okuo Kajuga, a Senior Principal State Attorney, noted.