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Akena murder: Kanyamunyu bail plea falls flat a third time

Kanyamunyu is escorted back to Luzira from High Court in Kampala yesterday. Badru Afunadula.



KAMPALA–High Court judge Justice Yassin Nyanzi has for the second time denied bail to murder suspect Matthew Kanyamunyu.

In a ruling delivered today, illness Judge Nyanzi maintained his earlier decision, saying the circumstances under which Kanyamunyu had been denied bail the previous time are still the same.

He said this explain why the court wouldn’t grant bail to Kanyamunyu despite presenting sureties that were even found substantial by state attorney Immaculate Angotoke.

Angotoke had earlier argued that the applicant (Kanyamunyu) has previously applied for bail before the court and he was denied.

“The grounds for his new bail application are the same and nothing new has been put on record to compel this court to grant him bail,” she said.

Judge Nyanzi was in agreement with her and upheld his previous ruling.

He further advised that Kanyamunyu is free to apply for bail for as many times as he wants but not before the same judge under same circumstances.

This was the third time that Kanyamunyu was applying for bail since he was arrested for the murder of Kenneth Akena at Lugogo in Kampala in November last year.

Kanyamunyu’s first effort to secure temporary freedom from remand in Luzira was before Justice Eva Kabanda. However, it was rejected on grounds that the accused had no permanent residence where he could be found in case he failed to turn up for court.

Together with his co-accused girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and brother Joseph Kanyamunyu, they applied for bail for the second time, before Justice Yasin Nyanzi.

His co-accused were released on bail but Kanyamunyu was sent back to Luzira from where he gave bail application another shot whose result returned as damp as the previous ones.

Kanyamunyu is alleged to have shot a social worker, Kenneth Akena, 33, in the stomach on November 13 last year over a car scratch and he died a day after at Norvik Hospital, along Bombo road.

Together with his co-accused, they are battling charges of murder contrary to section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act (PCA). According to the Act, any person convicted of murder faces a death penalty.

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