At the start of her defence yesterday, Jacqueline Uwera Nsenga told her murder trial that she is being pursued by her in-laws because they are interested in her late husband’s property.
A teary Uwera told High court Justice Duncan Gaswaga that after the burial of her husband Juvenile Nsenga, she was approached by her father-in-law Donati Kananura. She said he asked her to sign documents.
“… After the burial of my husband Mr Donati came to the apartment where I was staying with my children. He came with the family lawyer Sam Bitangaro and he told me that he didn’t want his children to fight over Nsenga’s property so he wanted me to sign the documents such that he can take over the property and in case of anything new he would be telling me,” Uwera said.
According to Uwera, after signing the documents, she was told by her father-in-law that a drunken Joseph Kananura, a brother to Nsenga, had sworn to kill her.
“I knew Joseph very well and I knew that he had a gun, at one time he used that very gun… .So I was scared and I informed police about it,” she said.
She said police later moved her to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) at Kireka for safe custody.
“Joseph was so serious that he posted on his facebook page that I will kill her,” she said.
While at Kireka, Uwera said she read a Daily Monitor aert of March 29, 2013 in which her in-law Kananura had applied to the High court for letters of administration to Nsenga’s estate.
“At this point I was suspicious of this family, they didn’t want to see me and I didn’t want to see them. Mr Donati had me told that if he wanted to do something [on the estate] he would be informing me but he didn’t do that. I was shocked,” she said.
She said on reading the Daily Monitor aert, she got city lawyer Macdosman Kabega to help her put a caveat on the property. Led by her lead counsel Nsubuga Mubiru, Uwera said she had met Nsenga in Nairobi, Kenya, when she was 17.
“We met in 1992 and we immediately fell in love, after courtship, we got married in 1994 here in Kampala,” she said.
Uwera said all was well until 2001 when she left for USA.
“When I returned from the USA I found my husband a changed man, he no longer communicated and he used to stay out till the wee hours of the night,” she said.
She said she reported Nsenga’s conduct to her father-in-law who aised her to simply do what her husband wants.
When Nsenga refused to change, she turned to God. In 2005, she said, she became “a born-again Christian.”
“Things were not going on well in our marriage so I turned to prayers… I started fellowshipping with a group of women hoping that my husband would change but it did not happen. Nsenga could leave home and return five days later,” she said.
She denied killing her husband intentionally.
She said the killer car “jumped on its own.”
“On January 10, 2013, I returned home at around 9:20pm, I was coming from a wedding meeting to which I was the treasurer,” she said.
“When I reached the gate, I pressed the bell twice but no one was coming. Then I pressed the bell again but I realised that someone was opening the gate, then I went back to sit in the car, my right leg pressed on the accelerator then the car started moving at high speed in that I knocked the gate,” she said.
An emotional Uwera said even after knocking the gate, she never realized she had run over her husband.
“I knew that I had knocked someone but it had not occurred to me that it was my husband so, I ran to the house calling out for him. What shocked me was that he wasn’t in the TV room where he normally sits,” she said.
Uwera roundly denied her in-laws’ claim that by the time Nsenga died, they were sleeping in separate bedrooms. She said they only slept in different bedrooms when Nsenga returned home drunk.
Prosecution, led by Principal State Attorneys Jane Kajuga Okua and Suzan Okalany, will cross-examine her on July 23.
Source : The Observer