According to Byakutaga, church and village leaders had tried to mediate the conflict between the couple before Namwanje met her brutal death. Byakutaga also told court that Namwanje inherited the contested property from her mother.
A man in Masaka has earned himself 40-years in jail for
killing his wife. Masaka High Court Judge, Dr. Winfred Nabisinde found
40-year-old Moses Lubega guilty of killing his wife, Jenifer Namwanje, a mother
of his 5 children.
Prosecution led by Shebah Byakutaga told Masaka High court on
Friday that while in Mbira village in Buwunga Sub County in Masaka district on December
9th, 2014, Lubega way laid Namwanje and hacked her with a machete leading
to her death because of a property dispute.
According to Byakutaga, church and village leaders had tried
to mediate the conflict between the couple before Namwanje met her brutal
death. Byakutaga also told court that Namwanje inherited the contested property
from her mother.
She explained that the couple was prompted to sell off the land
on Lubega’s advice and bought an alternative piece of land but the disputed didn’t
stop until the village leaders asked him to let the deceased take control of
Byakutaga disclosed that although Lubega relocated to another
village leaving Namwanje in control of the property since she had to look after
their children he didn’t stop bothering her until he killed her. Court
heard that on the fateful night, Lubega invited Namwajje to the trading center
to give him some money for children’s upkeep and waylaid her as she was
Prosecution asked court to give Lubega a maximum sentence,
saying he didn’t mind about the welfare of the children while taking their
mother’s life. The Defense Lawyer, Alexander Lure asked court to give Lubega a
lenient sentence, saying he is remorseful and the only bread winner of the
her judgment, Justice Nabisinde said cases of
domestic violence resulting in unnecessary loss of life are on the rise in
Masaka region. She therefore handed Lubega a 45-year- jail term inclusive of
the 5 five years he spent on remand.