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Kanyamunyu brothers formally charged with murder

Mathew Kanyamunyu (in glasses) talking to his lawyers after court. (PHOTO BY RACHEAL AGABA)

KAMPALA– After two on bail, High Court Judge Steven Mubiru is set to hear the case in which Kanyamunyu brothers who are accused of murdering of a child rights activist, Kenneth Akena.

Justice Mubiru has set January 21, 2019, when he will start the hearing the murder case after formally reading the charges to the accused.

Mathew Kanyamunyu is jointly charged with his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and his elder brother Joseph Kanyamunyu. Although they have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Justice Mubiru is presiding over a trial session for 50 capital offenders.

Joseph is however separately charged with being an accessory to the said murder at Norvik hospital. It is alleged that well knowing, Joseph removed the pistol from his brother’s (Mathew) vehicle that had just been used to kill Akena with intent that it should not be recovered for analysis.

Through their lawyers Munwangari asked to be tried in French and she has consequently been provided with an interpreter; a French teacher Proscovia Amaio while the Kanyamunyu brothers preferred English.

The trio have hired a team of famous city criminal lawyers; Macdusman Kabega, Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochienge to defend them against the charges.

Mathew Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari after court. (PHOTO BY RACHEAL AGABA)

Prosecution led by Ms  Fatina Nakafeero states that on November 12, 2016, Mathew, Munwangari, Joseph and other accomplices still at large, while on Kampala- Jinja Road near Malik Car Bond, opposite Uganda Manufacturers Association offices, in Nakawa Division, with malice aforethought caused death of Kenneth Akena.

Prosecution further contends that   Health workers at Norvik hospital who interacted with Akena shortly before his demise claim he left a dying declaration mentioning Kanyamunyu as his killer.

The judge has fixed the case for hearing on the January 21, 2019, and the accused bail has been extended until then.

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