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Katatumba's Son Denies Selling Hotel Diplomat to Shumuk

Shukla is accused of forging the signatures of the family members of Katatumba including Annie Grace Katatumba, Angella Katatumba, Ian Katatumba, Bonny Katatumba and Rugirwa Katatumba. Mukesh allegedly did so on April 17th, 2015 and November 2017 saying that the Katatumbas had officially authorized him to take over Hotel Diplomat.
30 Jul 2019 15:04
Businessman Rugirwa Katatumba
The son of the late Bonny Katatumba, Rugirwa Katatumba has denied selling Hotel Diplomat to Shumuk Investments Limited Director Mukesh Shukla.

Rugirwa was on Monday appearing before Grade One Magistrate Stella  Maris Amabilis as a state witness in the case Mukesh is facing 13 charges of forgery, uttering a false document and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Prosecution alleges that Mukesh and others still at large forged documents for the official handover of Hotel Diplomat.

Shukla is accused of forging the signatures of the family members of Annie Grace Katatumba, Angella Katatumba, Ian Katatumba, Bonny Katatumba and Rugirwa Katatumba. 

Mukesh forged the documents on April 17th, 2015 and November 2017 indicating that Katatumba family had authorized him to take over Hotel Diplomat.

Prosecution also alleges that Mukesh forged the signature of George William Kalyegira the officer in- Charge of Chief Justice Bart Katureebe's security detail.

Rugirwa Katatumba told court that he has never appended his signature on the documents authorizing Mukesh to take over Hotel Diplomat.

He told court that he was shocked when his sister Angella Katatumba brought to him the documents showing that he had consented to the sale of the hotel as one of the Directors.

Rugirwa further told court that together with his family members they met the Chief Justice seeking advice on how to proceed.

However, during cross examination by Mukesh's lawyer David Bwambale, Rugirwa said he had not told police that the Mukesh was behind the forged documents.

Before he died, Katatumba said that he only sold Katatumba Suites on Plot 2 Colville Street to Shumuk Investments Limited.

The case was adjourned to August, 13th, 2019 for further hearing.

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