The family of Queensland woman Bronwyn Fielding, whose body has yet to be returned from Uganda two months after her death, have written to the Ugandan Government and police pleading for help to release her from a mortuary.
Ms Fielding died in the small Ugandan city of Mbale on June 27 but her remains are yet to be returned to Australia because of bureaucratic delays.
A post-mortem found she died of a pulmonary embolism, but her uncle, David Pagey, said the family had received “three different stories of how she passed away, within a couple of days” from Bronwyn’s Ugandan husband, Michael Osago.
Ms Fielding, 37, married Mr Osago four years ago. She had been in Uganda for the past decade, working with orphans.
She left her own three children in the care of her family in Australia.
Prior to her death on June 27, Ms Fielding had sent messages to friends and family in Australia, expressing fears that someone was trying to poison her.
“They may think that maybe I’m a liar or I have done something wrong to her or anything. But I’m just requesting them, please, trust what I’m saying,” he said.
“I really loved Bron. I have never done anything in my life.”
Ugandan police commissioner Asan Kasingye said Mr Osago had been interviewed.
“Police have taken a statement from him and the file has been sent to the resident state attorney for advice,” he said.
“Then a determination is made on whether he is the one who is responsible or it was just a kind of natural death.”
No charges have been laid and the Ugandan police are not expecting to take the case any further.
‘None of us liked her choices’
Ms Fielding’s death is the latest tragedy for her family after her brother, Adam, was murdered in Wodonga in 2010.
Her children are coming to terms with the loss of their mother.
The eldest, 17 year-old Kierra, said the death was hard to comprehend.
“We want her home. It’s the only way we are going to have peace,” she said.
“It’s ripping my little brother apart. He loved his mum.
“He didn’t like her choices — none of us liked her choices — but we really loved her.”
Mr Pagey said the family was still seeking answers as to whether someone was trying to harm Ms Fielding.