Woman Seeks Forgiveness 11-years after she Murdered Husband

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Susan Kigula Seremba, the woman convicted together with her house maid, Nansamba Patience for the murder of her husband today sought for forgiveness from the family, 11years after the offence.

Eleven years after she was convicted for murder, a woman told court on Tuesday that she was remorseful for her action.

In an emotional court session on Tuesday, Susan Kigula Seremba sought for forgiveness from the deceased’s grandmother, Nakuya Yunia Nalongo who appeared emotional and her stepson, Herbert Seremba.

Speaking in Luganda, Kigula relived their cordial relationship before the incident and apologized for committing such an offence.

Kigula professed love for her stepson Herbert Seremba, despite the gruesome murder of his father he witnessed 11 years ago. She told court she had wanted to apologize to the family but did not have a chance since her incarceration nearly a decade ago.

Dramatic scenes after court session ensued when Kigula knelt down before Nakuya and her stepson and pleaded but the old woman openly told her that her offence was too grave to be forgiven. Nakuya demanded to know why Kigula with the help of her housemaid killed their son.

Kigula Seremba was jointly charged with her house maid, Patience Nansamba, for the murder of Constantine Seremba.

The two committed the offence on the night of 9th July 2000, at around 2.30 a.m in Kawempe.

Kigula’s stepson said he saw Kigula cut the neck of the deceased while the house maid was holding the legs. The stepson had earlier in the day seen Kigula bring a panga wrapped in a polythene bag and hide it under their bed.

The two were placed on the death row until January 21, 2009, when the Supreme Court ruled that the high court should review the death sentence.

The ruling stated, among others, that the death row convicts whose sentences were still pending three years without execution would be commuted to a sentence deemed fit under the law.

The Supreme Court ruled that cases of death row convicts would be sent back to the High court for mitigation of sentences, and court may pass sentences fit for the offence.

Justice Kibuuka-Musoke of the High Court said the ruling will be made on Friday next week.

In 2008 Kigula led a group of 417 to challenge the constitutionality of a mandatory death sentence in statute books. The Attorney general appealed to the Supreme Court that maintained  that the death sentence was no longer mandatory.