Jacqueline Uwera, the woman who is accused of having knocked dead her husband Juvenal Nsenga early this year, was on Monday charged with murder and remanded to Luzira prison.
Uwera reportedly knocked her husband as she drove through the gate of their matrimonial home in Bugolobi, a Kampala suburb.
The widow, who has been under police protection for close to four months, appeared before Nakawa Magistrates Court before being read the murder charges. Magistrate Sylvia Nabaggala did not allow her to plead to the charges as they are only tried by the High Court.
According to the charge sheet, Uwera, 36, a businesswoman, on the 10 January this year, at her matrimonial home in Bugolobi, Kampala, murdered her husband Juvenal Nsenga.
She returns to court on August 5 for mention of the case.
Security at court was tight with the journalists being denied access to the chambers of the magistrate to record the proceedings.
This has been one of the most complex and unique criminal cases in the recent past with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the police clashing over which charges to prefer against Uwera.
The DPP had opted to prefer murder charges but the police said they had found no evidence to support the murder charges. The police had suggested manslaughter or traffic charges.
As this confusion went on, the police at one point sought advice from the Attorney General.
Uwera’s appearance in Court comes a day after the High Court in Kampala was to convene to hear the application filed by the family of the late Nsenga who were seeking its orders to compel the police to take the suspect to court as proposed by the DPP.
Further, her being charged comes at the time when the Nsenga family was in the Family Court fighting over the deceased’s property.
The inheritance battle was between Donati Kananura, the father to the late Nsenga and his daughter- in –law, Jacqueline Uwera. Kananura wants to be given the letters of administration to manage the property of his late son.