Kanyamunyu :High court to deliver ruling on whether to grant bail

By Sania Babirye

Court is set to deliver a ruling on whether to grant bail to Mathew Kanyamunyu, his brother and girlfriend later today who are charged with the murder of Kenneth Akena.  State has asked high court to deny Mathew Kanyamunyu, Joseph Kanyamunyu and Cynthia Munwangari bail on grounds that they are facing a capital offence and that society needs to be protected from such lawlessness. According to the state there is a high chance of the three absconding and running out of the country once released.

In her submission, state prosecutor Samalie Wakholi noted that Mathew Kanyamunyu currently has a valid visa to France and that even if his passport is confiscated by police he can use his influence once granted bail to escape the country, Cynthia Munwangari holds two citizenship from Rwanda and Burundi which she can use to escape the country, and have no fixed place of aboard since they are currently renting which will make it hard to trace them in case they absconded. High court judge Elizabeth Kabanda will deliver her ruling on the matter at 5 PM today.

Still in court Aruu county legislator Samuel Odonga Otto has attacked Winnie Banyima for standing surety to her nephew Mathew Kanyamunyu.

Otto accused the Executive Director of OXFAM International of betraying the people of Acholi who have always supported her husband Dr. Kiiza Besigye is his three failed attempts at the presidency.  Meanwhile   Akena’s relatives were seen weeping in court as the whole drama unfolded.

 

Kanyamunyu,his brother and Cynthia sent back to Luzira

By Sania Babirye
Matthew Kanyamunyu has been further remanded to Luzira prison until the 20th of this month after prosecution told court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.
Kanyamunyu , his brother Joseph  Kanyamunyu and his girl friend Cynthia Munwagari appeared today before Nakawa grade one Magistrate Nuwa Sajjabi. They are charged with the murder of Kenneth Akena at Lugogo forest mall last month.
The same court has dismissed a request by Kanyamunyu’s lawyer to throw out journalists from the courtroom during the trial and instead cover the proceeding from outside.  Lawyer Grace Karuhanga accused the media denying her clients breathing space and suffocating them by surrounding off the dock where the accused stand during the hearing and taking their pictures.  The magistrate has just cautioned the media not to misbehave while covering these court proceedings