Kanyamunyu’s lawyers led by MacDusman Kabega contend that the Government Analytical Laboratory is incompetent since it isn’t accredited by the International Standards Organization-ISO.
Kanyamunyu and Cynthia Munwangari in Court .File photo
The defense team in the trial of Matthew
Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend, Cynthia Munwangari for the murder of Child
Right's Activist, Kenneth Akena has challenged the competency of the Government
Kanyamunyu’s lawyers led by MacDusman Kabega
contend that the Government Analytical Laboratory is incompetent since it isn’t accredited by the International Standards
The competence of GAL came under question during the cross examination of Robinah Kirinya, the Principal
Government Analyst from GAL, which is located in Wandegeya over her testimony
in Kanyamunyu’s matter. Kirinya discovered gunshot residue from Kanyamunyu's Car,
trouser and long sleeved shirt.
While appearing before High Court Judge, Steven Mubiru on
Wednesday evening for cross examination, one of the defense lawyers asked the
witness whether GAL is accredited by the International Standards Organization. In
her response, Kirinya said GAL isn’t yet accredited by ISO but hastened to add
that they are in the processes of accreditation.
She however, said they currently participate in
International Proficiency Testing exercises whereby ISO sends samples to GAL,
which are sent back for confirmation whether their findings are correct. Kabega asked Kirinya how often this happens, but
she said they are only going to start receiving the samples this year.
reminded Kirinya that about four years ago the East African Community attempted
to have one Forensic Analytical Laboratory in the in region that would be jointly
funded to meet International Standards. Kirinya declined to confirm the claim, saying
she doesn't have any documentation to that effect.
In 2012, the EAC Council of
Ministers resolved that Kampala should host a Regional Forensic Referral
Centre-RFRC as the center for excellence in forensic service delivery as well
as hosting the East African Police Chief's Cooperation Organization and the
African Police Cooperation Organization.
In October 2019, the Ugandan Parliament declared
that it was unconstitutional for the Police, Land Commission and Tip Top
Investments Limited; a Private firm to enter into a tripartite agreement to
design and construct the said center on behalf of the Government without
approval from the Attorney General.
During the cross examination, Caleb Alaka also
a Defense Lawyer asked Kirinya the circumstances under, which gunshot residues
would be found on one's belongings. Kirinya answered that if someone fires a gun
or touches the injured part of a gunshot victim, whatever he or she touches
gets contaminated with residues.
Alaka continued asking questions on gunshot
residues relying from a Journal he reportedly downloaded from the internet.
This didn’t go down well with the Prosecution led by Jonathan Muwaganya. He raised objection saying that they hadn’t been
served with the copy of the journal and couldn’t tell whether what the defense
was saying was wrong or correct.
As a result, Justice Mubiru adjourned
the case to later today for Kanyamunyu's lawyers to share the copy of the
Journal with the Prosecutors before court resumes. Prosecution alleges that on November 12th 2016
while at Malik Car Bond Opposite Uganda Manufacturer’s Association in Lugogo in
Nakawa Division, Kanyamunyu and Munwangari unlawfully caused the death of Akena,
33 by shooting in the stomach for denting their vehicle.