Prosecutors Plead With Judge to Complete Kanyamunyu Trial

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Justice Mubiru, who started his criminal session last month, is supposed to close it this Friday and adjourn the matters he hasn’t been unable to conclude to the next convenient session that isn’t scheduled.
State Prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya talks to Defense Lawyer MacDusman Kabega after the Session on Thursday.
State Prosecutors in the trial of Matthew Kanyamunyu and his Girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari have asked the court not to push the matter to the next convenient session. The two were charged with murder following a shooting that claimed the life of Child Right’s Activist, Kenneth Akena more than three years ago.

The trial is part of a special criminal court session presided over by Justice Stephen Mubiru.  Such sessions are fixed as one of the strategies to clear case backlog and are always heard within a space of 40 days.

On Thursday, Justice Mubiru announced that the session was coming to a close on Friday, implying that the trial will be adjourned to the next convenient session. But the prosecutors are concerned that Justice may never be delivered if the trial is pushed to the next session.

State Prosecutors Anna Kiiza and Jonathan Muwaganya told the court that prosecution has previously failed to achieve Justice in cases which were never concluded within the sessions where they had been fixed.

He pleaded with the judge, saying Kanyamunyu’s case is one of the most complex cases the Directorate of Public Prosecutions is dealing with and adjourning it would result in injustice. 

Kanyamunyu’s lawyers led by McDusman Kabega told Justice Mubiru that if he adjourns the matter, he should ensure that he is the one to preside over it up to the end to avoid a miscarriage of justice. But Justice Mubiru noted that the decision on who will preside over the case in the session is made by the Principal Judge.

Caleb Alaka, the other Defense lawyer accused Muwaganya of playing for the gallery by claiming that Kanyamunyu’s trial is complex.

The prosecution alleges that on November 12, 2016 while at Malik Car Bond Opposite Uganda Manufacturer’s Association in Lugogo, Nakawa Division, Kanyamunyu and Munwangari unlawfully caused the death of Akena, 33, by shooting for denting their car.