KANYAMUNYU TRAIL FAILS TO KICK OFF

  • Posted on: 21 January 2019
  • By: Presenters

Hearing of the murder case against Mathew Kanyamunyu, his brother Joseph Kanyamunyu and girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari for allegedly shooting dead social worker Kenneth Akena in 2017 in a suspected case of road rage, has not kicked off as expected today.

The case stalled because the Director of Public Prosecutions did not disclose his evidence to the suspects on time.

The suspects turned up at the High Court this morning ready for the trial, but State Prosecutor Fatina Nakafeero informed presiding judge Steven Mubiru that she can not proceed to present her witnesses, without disclosing her evidence to the accused, a pre-trial requisite.

She then asked court to adjourn the case to the next session, saying that by then she would have disclosed all the evidence and exhibits to the defence team, led by reknown criminal advocate Macdusman Kabega.

Consquently, Justice Mubiru pushed the trial to the next convenient criminal session of the court, saying he cannot find another date within the current session to fix the case for hearing, with only a week left to conclude his session.

Prosecution alleges that on 12th Novemmber 2017, Mathew Kanyamunyu was driving with girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari along Kampala-Jinja Highway, when he got into a quarrel with Akena, whom he accused of scratching his car.

According to Prosecution, Kanyamunyu allegedly shot Akena three times in the stomach, and later the couple played good Samaritan, and rushed him to Norvik Hospital on Bombo road where he died.

It is further alleged that health workers at Norvik Hospital who interacted with Akena shortly before his death, claim he named Mathew Kanyamunyu as his killer.  
Joseph Kanyamunyu, a brother to key suspect Mathew Kanyamunyu is separately charged with being an accessory to the murder, and prosecution believes that he was called by his brother to the scene of crime. Prosecution believes that Joseph Kanyamunyu picked the killer gun from the vehicle and hid it in order to conceal evidence.

The trio has since denied the charges and are out on bail.