Nsenga widow’s file sent to DPP
Posted Wednesday, February 6 2013 at 02:00
Police have submitted the criminal case file of the widow of city businessman, Juvenal Nsenga, to the Director of Public Prosecutions for perusal.
Ms Jackie Uwera confessed to having knocked down her husband last month, leading to his subsequent death from injuries sustained.
She was arrested on Saturday and has since been kept in detention at the police’s Special Investigations Unit in Kireka, a city suburb.
Explaining why the suspect has remained in custody beyond the 48-hour constitutional stipulation, deputy police spokesperson Vicent Ssekate yesterday said they were waiting for the advice of the DPP.
“Our hands are somehow tied until we get the DPP’s advice. He may sanction the file when we have already released the suspect before the day ends,” Mr Ssekate said.
Ms Uwera is being held on suspicion of manslaughter which offence attracts a sentence of life imprisonment upon conviction.
She, however, said last month that the incident was unintentional.
Police say the case was handed over to the Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence, Mr Geoffrey Musana, for proper management.
During the funeral service, some relatives of Nsenga’s had asked the police not to pursue the matter. But police maintain that a case involving death is a criminal matter that must be investigated as provided for under the country’s laws.