Kanyamunyu Brothers Denied Bail

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Early today, Kanyamunyu listed 14 grounds in support of his release. Core to the application is the denial for having been involved in the criminal acts that led to the death of child rights activist Kenneth Akena.

High Court Judge Elizabeth Musoke Kabanda  has rejected a bail application by Kampala businessman Mathew Kanyamunyu who is facing murder charges in connection with a shooting in Lugogo, late last year.

Also denied bail is Matthew Kanyamunyu's girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and his elder brother Joseph, with who are jointly charged for shooting to death, a human rights activist, Kenneth Akena.

The judge held that the accused persons have not proved to court  exceptional circumstances  such as ill health or advanced age which cannot be handled at Luzira prison where they are currently held to warrant their release.

She observed that although the accused persons had presented substantial sureties the DPP should be given a chance to complete investigations and have them committed for trial before the High Court in the next mention date of January 17 before Nakawa Magistrates Court.

The judge went on to hold that the accused are free to reapply to be released on bail if the DPP does not commit them to the High Court at their next court appearance.

Earlier in the day during the hearing of the bail application, Samalie Wakooli, a principal state attorney objected to the release of the trio on bail. Wakooli argued that court has a duty to protect this country from lawlessness and impunity.

Wakooli also objected to the letters of residence presented by the accused persons  from their places of abode at Royal Palms Estate Butabika and Kiwafu B zone in Makindye Division saying there is no proof of permanent residence as they are just tenants who can shift to any other places.

Kanyamunyu listed 14 grounds in support of his release. Core to the application is the denial for having been involved in the criminal acts that led to Akena's death.

Kanyamunyu added that  he has a fixed place of abode at Royal Palms Estate in Nakawa Division-Kampala, is committed to attend court at all times if granted bail, and that bail will enable him have adequate time to prepare for his defense while fending for his family.

He also recounted that on the fateful day, November 12, 2016, he voluntarily and out of good will, helped to save the life of the deceased whom he found shot by unknown assailants. He says that instead, he was detained when he reported the murder at Wandegeya Police Station.

Cynthia Munwangari, his girlfriend, also stated that she acted as a Good Samaritan to save Akena's life but she was instead held as a suspect. Kanyamunyu's elder brother had stated that he is a family man with five children aged between five and 15 who need his provision and that he also has many dependents to look after.