By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. Former rally ace Charles Muhangi died of heart attack, a postmortem report has indicated. Muhangi, also owner of Horizon Coaches was found dead in his bed at his home in Buziga, a Kampala suburb on Thursday morning.
His mysterious death aroused suspicion prompting the Police to take the body for postmortem to ascertain the exact cause of death of a man who had a normal day previously and went out with friends until late Wednesday night.
Family sources say the postmortem report given to them by Mulago Hospital indicates that Muhangi died of heart attack. However, Police could not readily confirm the development saying they hadn’t received the report officially.
“I have also heard of that but we have not officially received the postmortem report,” said CID Spokesperson Vincent Ssekate. Ssekate however confirmed that postmortem on Muhangi’s body was done on Thursday evening and promised to give details of the report later in the afternoon when police officially receive it.
Muhangi died at the peak of a wrangle between him and fellow businessman Drake Lubega over ownership of Qualicel Bus Terminal. The property row between the two Kampala business moguls recently attracted intervention of President Yoweri Museveni who met the duo and promised to settle the matter.
Muhangi who made his debut in local rally in the mid-1990s made history in 1999 when he won the African Rally championship becoming the first black African to win the continental crown. He had the previous year (1998) won the national rally championship in 1998.
Many have described the deceased as an icon in motorsport and a great pillar in Uganda’s transport sector.