Uganda hotel owner dies after recording statement with CID


Joseph Behakanira, the owner of half-finished J&M Airport Road Hotel at Bwebajja along Entebbe road, has regularly been in the media over the parliamentary public accounts committee’s investigation into the CHOGM expenditure. He was made to appear before the committee to answer an avalanche of questions about how he got money ahead of the summit, while his hotel was never on any of the lists of approved hotels and not earmarked for any activity.

Following less than satisfactory answers, the committee then directed the CID officers present to record a formal statement from him, which, if made under caution, could serve as a springboard for subsequent added legal proceedings. According to a source present at the hearing, he did himself no favors with his conduct, leaving many to conclude that this is not the last the public has heard about this saga.

Full-mouthed statements ahead of the summit in late 2007 have him on record that he wanted to build a hotel with 1,000 rooms and 2,000 shops, a whopper surely fit only for fantasy land and not the reality in this country.

Then on Monday, it was learned that Mr. Behakanira has, since his appearance before the Parliamentary Committee and the CID, died suddenly, after being rushed from his residence to a clinic where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Sources state that he died of hypertension at the age of 53. His sudden passing will throw the many pending legal cases into further disarray.

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