Kanyamunyu and his co-accused. Daily Monitor Photo

Kanyamunyu trial pushed to 2020

By Sania Babirye
The high court in Kampala has fixed three days to hear and determine the case in which Kampala business man Mathew Kanyamunyu is charged with murdering social worker Kenneth Akena in 2017 has a case to answer.

Justice Steven Mubiru has today fixed the 8th, 9th and 10th of January 2020 to start hearing evidence by prosecution against Kanyamunyu and his two co accused including his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and brother Joseph Kanyamunyu for allegedly scratching his car on the 12th on November 2017 along Kampala -Jinja Highway.

Today, the suspects still have denied the charges .

Meanwhile, state prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya has informed court that he has enough evidence including credible witnesses to prove the murder charge against Kanyamunyu.

The DPP says he will prove that on that fateful night, Mathew Kanyamunyu was driving along with his lover Munwangari before he got into a quarrel with Akena after accusing him of denting his car.

Evidence further shows that Kanyamunyu shot Akena three times in the stomach but later the couple played a good Samaritan role to rush Akena to Novirk Hospital along Bombo road where he breathed his last .

However, Prosecution contends that Health workers at Norvik hospital who interacted with Akena shortly before he died left a dying declaration on his lips mentioning Kanyamunyu as his killer.

Joseph Kanyamunyu , is separately charged with being an accessory to the said murder where prosecution states that he was called by his brother at the scene of crime, picked the killer gun from the vehicle and hid it in order to conceal evidence.
The court has also appointed two court assessors Juliet Kasengwa and Simon Mateeka to follow the case on behalf of the public.

Prosecution states that on the 12th of November 2016, Kanyamunyu while driving along with his lover Munwangari at night got into an argument with social worker Akena whom he accused of scratching his car and shot him three times in the stomach.

The three pleaded not guilty to the charge on the 18th of December 2018 after being officially charged with the murder of social worker Kenneth Akena in November 2016.

The three were granted bail in October 2017 after spending one year and nine months on remand at Luzira prison.