NSENGA MURDER: Uwera was driving at 61 km/hr

In his testimony, buy more about Prof. Jackson Makali a structural engineer with the department of Civil and Environment Engineering at Makerere university told court that he led a team of 3 other experts in traffic, mechanical and material engineering to carry out investigations on Nsenga’s gate.

The 55 year old engineer said that they took observations on components including the gate’s locking system, its condition, supports to the gate, materials in which it was made of and the drive way outside and inside the gate.

“We were shown certain marks on the gate and drive way. We discovered a bent security bolt which we took for chemical analysis. We did demonstrations on how the gate closed and opened in order to ascertain how the bolt could be bent.”

“We requested Police to bring to site the vehicle that had bee involved and requested it to be driven to and from along the drive way measuring various speeds and distances and we were able to compute the actual average acceleration of the vehicle, ”Makali told court.

The engineer said that by the time of the incident, the 2 vertical locks to the gate were intact which meant that had already been opened.


“We tried to find out the speed of the car and force with which it came and knocked the gate forcing the bolt to deform and the car continued up to one side of the drive way where there were tyre marks.”

“We found out that due to either delayed braking or the car having an anti braking system that it would hit the 3mm thick gate and continue up to the pavement. We also concluded that the car could have been at a speed of 61km per hour when it knocked the gate but after braking or the anti braking system, it was dragged for 17.45 metres from the gate,”he said.

The engineer however told court that this speed and distance would be achieved if it was a dry day adding that the speed could have been 45km per hour if it was a rainy or wet day.

“According to Newton’s 3rd law of motion, the bolt couldn’t have bent by itself but rather by an external force.”

In another testimony, 43 year Andrew Mugimba an inspector of vehicles with Uganda Police told court that he was part of the team that inspected the Toyota mark x that had been involved in the accident stressing that it was put on road testing and found out that it had an Anti braking system that avoided its wheels from locking on instant braking.

“The 2005 model had a computerized steering system and on further examination we discovered blood stains on the drivers rear wheel whereas the front plastic bumper had green scratch marks at the side of the passenger and the rear mirror was severely cracked,” the police inspector of vehicles with an 11 year experience told court on Friday.

According to Mugimba, the car was in a good condition including steering system, braking system and shock absorbers.

Testifying against Jackie Uwera, 26 year old Claire Tukaheirwa from face technologies told court that by the time of the incident, the accused already had 11 years driving experience after getting her first driving permit on February 1st 2002 before getting a computerized one in 2006.

The High Court has however adjourned the case up to Monday 21st July for further hearing.

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