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Charles Muhangi Death: Police Dispatch Detectives to Buziga

Uganda Police Force are set to study circumstances under which businessman Charles Muhangi died, Chimp Corps report.

Muhangi, who for long fought a protracted war with city tycoon Drake Lubega over the ownership of Qualicell Building in downtown Kampala, was today Thursday found dead at his residence in Buziga, Kampala.

A team of detectives have since been dispatched to Muhangi’s home to conduct an investigation.

“I can confirm he is dead,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire.

“Our team is yet to take the body to Mulago Referral Hospital for post-mortem,” he added.

Muhangi was a wealthy business, having made a fortune in the transport business.

He owned Horizon Coaches which plied the Kabale-Mbarara-Kampala route.

Born in Igara, Sheema District, Muhangi came to light in the 1990s when he won the Africa Rally Championship.


Owoyesigire said “the exact cause of the death is not known,” adding, “So far we are following normal procedure – taking the body for post-mortem.”

The Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters recently summoned city businessman Drake Lubega to defend himself on allegations that he illegally acquired the land housing Qualicel Bus Terminal in downtown Kampala on which he is setting up structures.

This came after Mr Hamimu Sentongo, the Chairperson of Uganda Bus Operators Association Investments (UBOI) accused Lubega of colluding with Ministry of Land officials Robert Opio, the Acting Commissioner for Land Registration, and Sarah Kulata, Interdicted Commissioner, to take their land located on Nakivubo-Allen Road.

The bus operators, in a May 9, 2017 letter before court, accused Lubega of violently evicting lawful occupants on the land and causing destruction of property of the bus operators without compensation.

According to the complaint, at the time of the eviction, the owners were shareholders of UBOI and Horizon Coaches owned by former motor rally driver Charles Muhangi.

In April 2015, the Constitutional Court ordered Mr Lubega to restore the peaceful status quo that existed before the dispute.

The court ruled the eviction of Horizon Coaches in March 2014 was unlawful.

Last year, the Supreme Court dismissed Businessman Lubega’s appeal challenging the Constitutional Court order for him to vacate the bus park land.

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