In his statement to the Police, Kanyamunyu denied the allegations, saying although he had an exchange with the deceased, he did not harm him (Akena).
(L-R) Joseph, Matthew Kanyamunyu and Munwangari heading to the cells of the High Court in Kampala. Photo by Meddie Musisi
Justice Yasin Nyanzi on Tuesday granted bail to Cynthia Munwangari, Matthew Kanyamunyu’s lover and Joseph Kanyamunyu, his brother.
The two were accused together with Matthew Kanyamunyu over the murder of Kenneth Akena.
The two were given a sh5m cash bail, while their sureties were ordered to pay sh50m, not cash.
However, the key suspect Matthew Kanyamunyu was denied bail.
Prosecution alleges that the accused and others still at large on November 12, 2016 along Kampala-Jinja road opposite Malik car bond with malice aforethought caused the death of Akena, a community development officer, employed by a local non-governmental organisation.
Kanyamunyu is suspected to have shot Akena, 33, in the stomach over the denting of his car. Akena died a day after at Norvik Hospital, on Bombo Road in Kampala. On November 22, last year, the accused were charged with the murder of Akena.
According to the Penal Code Act, murder convicts face a death penalty. In his statement to the Police, Kanyamunyu denied the allegations, saying although he had an exchange with the deceased over ramming into his car, he did not harm him (Akena). Kanyamunyu claims that his only crime was taking Akena to hospital after he was shot.
However, John Paul Nyeko, a relative of the deceased, earlier said his cousin made a dying declaration in which he pinned Kanyamunyu for shooting him in the Forest Mall parking yard.