Muhangi was in good shape on Wednesday night,’ friends say

Thursday December 6 2018

Mourners including Minister Mary Karooro Okurut

Mourners including Minister Mary Karooro Okurut (2nd right) sit outside the home of the late Charles Muhangi. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA 

By Jane Justine Mirembe

Friends to the late Charles Muhangi have said that the prominent business man and former motor cross champion was in good health yesterday night.

Speaking to journalists, Salim Uhuru president of the Uganda Professional Boxing Commission expressed his shock upon hearing the sad news.
“I was with him yesterday night and he was in good shape so I was very shocked when I received a call informing me of his death,” Mr Uhuru said.

The 65-year-old was reportedly found dead in his bed on Thursday morning at his home in Buziga. His wife was not at home as she had gone to pick one of their children from school.

Muhangi who had been a famous motorsport driver had recently been involved in a wrangle over commercial buildings in Kampala city.

Earlier this month, seven commercial buildings in the city were closed leaving traders stranded. Businessmen Mansur Matovu, alias Young, and Mr Drake Lubega said they were saving their buildings from being taken over “illegally” by Muhangi, who they said had already forced them out of Qualicel Bus Terminal, Qualicel building and Nabukera Plaza.

Mr Muhangi claimed ownership of the 0.518 hectare of the land on which Qualicel Bus Terminal, Qualicel building and Nabukera Plaza.
He also insisted that he legally owned the land on which the buildings sat and advised both Mr Matovu and Mr Lubega to cooperate and vacate peacefully since he had defeated them in court.

The President had met the three businessmen on November 13 at State House to try and resolve the standing dispute.