Kasiwukira's Widow Arrested at Busia Border

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Police operatives at the Busia border post have arrested the widow of slain businessman Eriya Bugembe Sebunya alias Kasiwukira barely two weeks after she was acquitted of her husbands murder.

Police operatives at the Busia border post have arrested the widow of slain businessman Eriya Bugembe Sebunya alias Kasiwukira barely two weeks after she was acquitted of her husband's murder.

Sarah Nabikolo was arrested trying to cross the border into Kenya at around midday today.
She is being transferred to the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) headquarters  in Kibuli, Kampala.

Nabikolo is being held on tentative charges of failing to avail her documentation at the border and attempted bribery of a customs officer.

According to the Busia District Police Commander (DPC) Nelson Nahabwe, the suspect had refused to provide her passport or National Identity Card at the border even though she had them in her possession.

"She wanted to use her driving permit to cross the border and when the customs officer refused, she tried to bribe him. It is then that our officers intervened and arrested her," Nahabwe told URN.

URN has however, learnt that the officers at the border arrested Nabikolo on orders from the CID headquarters.

A reliable source at the Kibuli based directorate reveals that there was already an ongoing process to have Kasiwukira's widow dragged to court on fresh charges in relation to the murder of her husband.

"The arrest was definitely ordered from Kampala. There is no way police could allow her to move out of the country when we are trying to prefer fresh charges against her," the source who preferred anonymity since he is not allowed to speak for the force says.

Attempts to get a comment from the Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi on the fresh murder charges against Nabikolo were futile as he was not picking his known phone numbers at the time of filing this report.

Nabikolo was two weeks ago acquitted of murdering her husband on grounds that the state had failed to prove her involvement in the murder of Kasiwukira.

The High court however found her cousin, Sandra Nakungu and Ashraf Jaden, a police officer at Muyenga Community Police Station, guilty and sentenced each to 22 years in prison.
Nabikolo was acquitted after spending two years on remand at Luzira Maximum prison.

Kasiwukira was murdered on the morning of October 17, 2014 as he did his routine exercise, jogging in the neighbourhood of Muyenga. He was hit by a car, which sped off immediately after the incident and the case was initially closed as a random hit and run accident.

It was only after fellow businessmen put pressure on the police that the case was re-opened and a murder inquiry started. During the inquiry, police found evidence pinning Nabikolo, her cousin and the police officer who was paid to knock Kasiwukira dead.
 

 

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Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

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