Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

15 January 2013

Rwanda: Business Tycoon Buried, Murder Suspicions Remain

While Rwandan Juvenal Nsenga was buried in Kanungu, Uganda, yesterday, questions still surround his death.

Business tycoon Nsenga died last Friday at the age of 47 at his home in Bugoloobi, Kampala when he was run over by the car driven by his wife, Jackie Uwera Nsenga. Some however suspect that she did this intentionally, following a quarrel.

Yet Uwera, who had been married to Nsenga for 18 years and had two children with him, strongly denies this, saying it was an accident. "I will live to carry the cross of killing my husband. It's very difficult for some of you to believe that it was an accident," she is quoted as saying during a memorial service on Monday.

The family of the deceased seems to believe her. The late Nsenga's father, Donat Kananura, during the service called for the police to halt investigations into his son's death, saying he wanted the widow to raise the children. "Jackie had no intentions of killing her husband. This accident where Juvenal was killed by his car, by his own wife and at his gate, was planned by God. I call for reconciliation. Let us forgive and forget," he pleaded, adding that some relatives had even said they would kill Uwera should she attend the service.

Juvenal Nsenga was a coffee trader who owned an impressive fleet of trucks and trailers under the company Nsenga Transporters, as well as several commercial buildings in Kampala. His business employed over 100 people.

The deceased's father, Donat Kananura, was until recently the leader of the Rwandan community in Uganda, also called Umubano.

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