By Najibu Mulema
The high court in Kampala has today Tuesday, denied bail to murder suspects Matthew Kanyamunyu, girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and brother Joseph Kanyamunyu.
Recently, the trio applied to the court to be released on bail as they wait for their committal and the hearing of their murder case.
Through their lawyers Bashasha & Co Advocates, in their application, the suspects had stated that they are responsible members of society, law abiding and will not abscond if released on bail and have substantial sureties.
Among the sureties included Oxfam boss, Winnie Byanyima (who was presented as an auntie to the Kanyamunyus), Edith and Martha Byanyima all sisters to Winnie.
Director of Public Proesecution, Mike Chibita argued that Uganda should be protected from such impunity and lawlessness.
However, there was drama in court when Northern legislators and slain Kenneth Akena’s relatives who protesting against Byanyima’s position as surety in this murder case.
Angry politician Odongo Otto protested against Byanyima standing surety for Kanyamunyu, calling out Kizza Besigye’s name, Winnie’s husband.
Otto said, “Besigye Besigye Besigye…the political line is drawn in Northern ……for your wife to be the one you send to stand surety against the death of our brother…..next time you want to campaign in Northern Uganda, come in an armoured car…..”
Kanyamunyu in company of Munwangari is suspected to have shot Kenneth Akena, 33, on November 13 in the stomach over a car scratch and he died a day after at Norvik Hospital, along Bombo road.
The accused 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.