The trial of businesswoman Jacqueline Uwera Nsenga started yesterday, with relatives of her late husband, Juvenile Nsenga, accusing her of causing his death by running over him with her car.
Testifying as a third witness, the father of the late Nsenga, Donati Kananura, told court presided over by Justice Duncan Gaswaga that the deceased told him before he died that Uwera intentionally ran over him.
“When I leant of the incident, I went to the hospital to see my son and when I talked to him, he told me that Jackie [Uwera] had deliberately knocked him with the car,” Kananura said.
Prosecution claims that on January 10, 2013, Uwera returned home at around 9pm, parked her vehicle Reg. No. UAL 933M outside the main gate and rang the bell.
When her late husband opened for his wife, according to prosecution, she instead accelerated her vehicle, rammed through the gate and knocked him. The car then dragged him for a considerable distance along the concrete pavement.
Led by Principal State Attorney Suzan Okalany, Kananura narrated that the couple, who got married in 1994, were not on talking terms by the time of Nsenga’s death, and even lived in separate bedrooms.
“My son came and informed me that communication had broken down in their marriage since Jackie was not listening to what he was saying. Nsenga told me that Jackie would come back in the wee hours of the night yet she wasn’t working,” he said.
Kananura said he tried to intervene and, after talking to Uwera, she convinced him that she would reform, but nothing changed. Speaking in Luganda, Kananura, 78, told court that his daughter-in-law later chased away Nsenga’s two sisters from the couple’s home.
“She became so bad -mannered that she wanted nothing do with my family members. I remember at one time I got ill and I was admitted to the hospital but Jackie never even made a phone call to know how I was doing. It had really worsened,” Kananura said.
According to Kananura, after knocking down her husband, Uwera, on the aice of her friends, went and knelt before him asking for his forgiveness.
“She apologised for her past deeds and admitted to me that she had killed Nsenga,” he said.
However, when Isaac Walukagga, one of Uwera’s lawyers, asked him why he never mentioned the admission in his police statement, Kananura said he mentioned it to police but it was not captured. Before Kanunura took to the witness stand, his son Innocent Bisangwe, told court that the misunderstandings in the marriage began five years after Nsenga and his wife walked down the aisle.
“By the time Nsenga was killed, the relationship had already soared. It was beyond repair. My brother told me the problem was that the accused used to go stay out late in the night leaving the domestic work to the housemaids,” he stated.
Joseph Kananura, also a brother to Nsenga, testified that Nsenga told him on his deathbed that Uwera had killed him. “My wife has killed me in my own house,” he quotes Nsenga as having said. Earlier, Police surgeon Dr Moses Byaruhanga had testified that the post-mortem report had shown that the deceased’s injuries were extremely grave and severe in nature.
“The injuries included abrasions on the anterior tibia and the right knee and along the epigastria area, major linear abrasions all over his body, contused anterior chest muscle and bilateral rib fractures,” he said.
The state intends to present more than 20 witnesses to testify against Uwera.
Source : The Observer