April 17, 2013

Police Denies Claims It Defied DPP’s Directive On Jackie Nsenga

The Uganda Police force has dismissed media reports claiming that it has defied the orders of the Director of Public Prosecution to charge Jackie Nsenga, the wife of fallen tycoon Juvenal Nsenga saying investigations are still on-going and “due process will be observed, in accordance with the law”.

Jackie Uwera Nsenga
Jackie Uwera Nsenga

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the force’s spokesperson Judith Nabakooba, the force also denies claims that Jackie Nsenga unlawfully occupied the deceased’s residence against the wishes of the family.

On the on-going investigations, Nabakooba says: “As part of the investigation, the Police consulted the Attorney General, who is the Chief Legal Advisor to Government, over specific legal and technical aspects of the case. This is a routine process, and it is not, as suggested by some sections of the media, unusual or irregular. She adds “Once this phase of investigation is complete, due process will be observed, in accordance with the law.”

The Police mouthpiece also says as part of the investigations, the police interact with the family on a regular basis and has asked for patience from the public vowing that the force will efficiently resolve the case.

On January 11, city tycoon Juvenal Nsenga (now deceased) was knocked dead by his own wife at their home in Bugoloobi, a posh Kampala suburb.  Nsenga had just opened for his wife, Jackline Nsenga, at 3.30am as the guard had gone to the village.

Juvenal Nsenga was pronounced dead at Paragon hospital in Bugoloobi where he had been rushed after sustaining serious injuries.

Below is the full statement

Recent stories published in local media have created the erroneous impression that the Uganda Police has defied the directive of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and declined to charge a suspect, following investigation into the death of one Juvenal Nsenga.

The stories further allege that the Police has unlawfully occupied the residence of the deceased, against the will of the family, and denied bona fide relatives access to the residence.

As part of the investigation, the Police consulted the Attorney General, who is the Chief Legal Advisor to Government, over specific legal and technical aspects of the case. This is a routine process, and it is not, as suggested by some sections of the media, unusual or irregular.

Once this phase of investigation is complete, due process will be observed, in accordance with the law.

We are sensitive to the concerns of the family, and do appreciate the depth of their tragic loss. At all times during the investigation, the family has been updated on the progress, and the Police has been interacting with the family on a regular basis.

The Police secured the residence of the deceased, as standard procedure, because it was, at first, a scene of a traffic accident, and subsequently, subject of criminal investigation.

Later, the widow reported to Police that she had received threats to her life, and was apprehensive over her safety and her children’s as well. She requested for the protection of the Police, both for herself and for her home.

The Police, as mandated by the Constitution, regularly provide protection to individuals and assets under threat of harm or damage.

The Police have not denied family members access to the premises, and in the event that some family members might have been inconvenienced by requirements of security measures, we regret such inconvenience. We are working with the family to accommodate their concerns.

We wish to remind all concerned that investigation of such nature is an involving process, which requires time, and demands that all requirements of the law be satisfied, before the case progresses to the next stage.

While we empathize with the family’s tragic loss, we reiterate our commitment to efficiently resolving the case, as demonstrated by the expedited investigation, and we request for patience and understanding, as we address the legal and procedural requirements of the case. In all eventualities, the law will take its course, as it should.

We advise the media to avoid being manipulated for individual selfish reasons, and ending up propagating distorted and misleading information, and instead, await the outcome of the investigation.

Judith Nabakooba

Police Spokesperson

Uganda Police Force.

16th April, 2013.

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