By Edward Anyoli & Michael Odeng
KAMPALA - The wife of the late Juvenal Kananura Nsenga, Jacqueline Uwera on Tuesday started her defence and denied intentionally killing her husband.
Uwera who gave evidence on oath before Justice Duncan Gaswaga at High Court, said she accidently knocked her husband on January13, 2013 at their home gate in Bugolobi, a city suburb.
She said the charges preferred against her came about as a result of a caveat she had placed on her late husband’s properties.
Uwera told court that Nsenga’ s family promised not to pursue criminal charges against her if she removed the caveat that she had placed on their properties which is estimated at sh50b. She said got the information from her lawyer MacDosman Kabega who represented in her in family court.
“I declined to remove the caveat for fear of my children’s needs and I told them (Nsenga’s family) let them put the properties in my children’s name,” Uwera said.
Lawyers Isaac Walukaga (right), Ezekial Nsubuga Mubiru (centre) exchange ideas chat before Jacqueline Uwera Nsenga testified. Photo by Kennedy Oryema
A cross section of relatives during the trial of Jacqueline Uwera Nsenga who is accused of murdering her husband Juvenal Nsenga, at the High Court in Kampala. Photo by Kennedy Oryema
She said on that fateful night she arrived home at about 9:00pm after she had several meetings in the course of the day, she pressed the gate bell twice and waited for the gate to be opened.
Nsenga said a few minutes later she saw the gate being opened, went back to the car so that she could drive in.
“As I was getting into the car I put my left leg and I tried to put the right leg as well then the car jerked and I accidentally knocked the person who had opened the gate,” Uwera said.
She clarified to court that she did know that that she had knocked her husband adding she never expected him to be at home at that time.
“I went around panicking calling his name Nsenga, Nsenga come and help me I have knocked someone but when I turned to checked I heard someone groaning I realised I had knocked my husband."
She testified that she spent six months under police custody for fear of her life because she had been threatened by Nsenga’s brother Joseph Kananura.