Jackie Uwera, the woman accused of murdering her husband, Juvenal Nsenga has told court that she did not have any motive to kill her spouse despite the challenges in their marriage.
Uwera is accused of killing her husband, Juvenal Nsenga by running over him with a car at their family home in Bugolobi, Kampala in January 2013. She denied the charges.
Prosecution alleges that on January 10, 2013, Uwera returned home at around 9pm driving vehicle Reg. No. UAL 933M. However, when her late husband opened the gate, she instead accelerated her vehicle, rammed through the gate and knocked him. The car then dragged him for a considerable distance along the concrete pavement.
At the opening of her defense against the charge, Uwera told court presided over by Justice Duncan Gaswaga that her vehicle lost control and rammed into the gate. She added that although she tried to control the vehicle by directing it away from the area where the husband stood, she was not able to save his life.
She added that at the time, she did not know who was at the gate because that would be the first time that her husband was opening the gate for her. Uwera further explains that she tried as much as possible to save her husband’s life by acquiring the best medical care for him, although this was also not possible.
Early this month, Donati Kananura, the father of the late Juvenal Nsenga, told court that the deceased had confided in him that Uwera intentionally ran over him. Kananura narrated that the couple, who got married in 1994, were not on talking terms by the time of Nsenga’s death, and lived in separate bedrooms.
But Uwera told court that his in-laws are struggling to take over her late husband’s estate by having her incarcerated. She is infuriated that although the family understood that the death resulted from an accident, they reversed their stand after she placed a caveat on her late husband’s estate.
She says her action was in response to an advert by her father-in-law seeking letters of administration for the same.
The case has been adjourned to tomorrow when prosecution is expected to examine her testimony and subsequently cross-examine her.
Susan Okalany, who led the prosecution, said that the defendant had put forward a number of issues that they were not aware of.