KAMPALA – The battle for custody of children between Ms Esteri Mugulwa Akandwanaho, the daughter to Gen Salim Saleh, and her former husband, Eng. Ronald Ndizeye Sekaziga, has taken a new twist after the former asked court to subject the latter to a psychiatric examination.
Ms Mugulwa and Eng Ronald Ndizeye were granted joint custody of their three children by the High Court following their divorce in 2017.
But Gen Saleh’s daughter on February 11, 2020, filed an application before the Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s court, asking to have the former husband’s mental status checked as she argued that he has shown that he can’t take care of the children. Ms. Mugulwa says Eng Ndizeye has repeatedly disobeyed the terms of taking care of their children by sending strangers to visit or pick them from school.
As a result, she wants sole custody of their children, saying mediation efforts have proved futile.
“In the circumstances, we humbly seek that the matter be fixed and Your Worship proceeds to have the Respondent (Ndizeye) undergo a mental psychological evaluation by a professional,” the application filed by Ms Mugula, through her lawyers of Kashillingi Rugaba Associates reads in part.
“We had intimated to court that there was a renewed mediation effort. However, we regret to inform the court that mediation failed at the insistence of the respondent. Instead, our client (Mugulwa) has observed disturbing trends with the respondent’s visits to the children’s school with strangers,” she adds.
Court has not set a date for hearing the application.
The two former lovebirds fell out following allegations of infidelity on the side of Eng Ndizeye who reportedly started hobnobbing with Ms. Mugulwa’s close friend, a daughter to Maj. Gen.Pecos Kutesa. The duo is allegedly set to marry.