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Court of Appeal upholds acquittal of Kasiwukira’s widow

By Michael Odeng

Added 15th July 2019 01:15 PM

Eriya Ssebunya Bugembe was on October 17, 2014 knocked dead by a speeding vehicle while he was jogging near his home in Muyenga

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Sarah Nabikolo leaving the courtroom after the ruling was made on Monday morning. Photo by Michael Odeng

Eriya Ssebunya Bugembe was on October 17, 2014 knocked dead by a speeding vehicle while he was jogging near his home in Muyenga

The Court of Appeal today upheld a lower court’s acquittal of the widow of slain businessman Eriya Ssebunya Bugembe alias Kasiwukira, Sarah Nabikolo, who was accused of killing her husband.

A panel of three justices led by Elizabeth Musoke cleared Nabikolo of the crime on grounds that the prosecution witnesses never disclosed the name of the person who murdered the deceased. Justices Hellen Obura and Ezekiel Muhanguzi assisted her.

“The evidence was not conclusive to pin Nabikolo of murder charges,” Musoke ruled.

Kasiwukira was on October 17, 2014, knocked dead by a speeding motor vehicle at about 6:00 am when he was jogging near his home in Muyenga diplomatic zone.

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Nabikolo was first brought to trial in 2015 on charges of murder of her husband together with her cousin Sandra Nakungu and Ashraf Jarden, a Police officer formerly attached to Muyenga police post.

In 2016, High Court judge Wilson Masalu Musene acquitted Nabikolo of murder charges, saying the prosecution did not adduce enough evidence pinning her but jailed Nakungu and Jarden for their role in Kasiwukira’s murder.

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