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Court to Rule on Kanyamunyu Brothers Bail Application Later

The Kanyamunyus presented a total eight sureties to back their bail application. They include among others, Winnie Byanyima, the wife to opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye, and her sisters Edith and Martha.
10 Jan 2017 14:42
High Court in Kampala will rule later today on whether or not it release on bail, Kampala businessman Mathew Kanyamunyu, who is facing murder charges in connection to a shooting in Lugogo, late last year.

The decision by Justice Elizabeth Kabanda follows the conclusion of the hearing of the bail application by both the defense and the state lawyers earlier today.

In his bail application filed through his lawyers Bashasha & Company Advocates, Kanyamunyu lists 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 a child rights activist Kenneth Akena.

Kanyamunyu adds 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 recounts in his bail application how 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.

Kanyamunyu's Brother Joseph and Cynthia Munwangari, his girlfriend, also applied to be released on bail. Munwangari in support of her release states that she acted as a Good Samaritan to save Akena's life but she was instead held as a suspect.

Kanyamunyu's elder brother states 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.

The Kanyamunyu's presented a total eight sureties to back their bail application. They include among others, Winnie Byanyima, the wife to opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye, and her sisters Edith and Martha.

However, State Prosecutor Samalie Wakooli objected to the release of the trio saying that court has a duty to protect the country from lawlessness and impunity.

Wakooli further argued that the accused have not provided to court any exceptional circumstances of either advanced age or grave illness that cannot be handled in Luzira prison hence the need to be released on bail.

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 place.

A decision on the application will be delivered at 5pm today.

Prosecution alleges that the trio suspects on November 12 last year while on Kampala- Jinja Road near Malik Car Bond, opposite Uganda Manufacturers Association offices, in Nakawa Division with malice aforethought, caused the death of Akena who was shot after allegedly knocking Mathew Kanyamunyu's car.

            

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