Akena’s murder: Businessman Kanyamunyu, co-accused smiles vanish as court further remands the trio till December 20
The situation was all tough at Nakawa Magistrates court as the case in which businessman Matthew Kanyamunyu and his co-accused are facing murder charges, was adjourned to December 20.
Kanyamunyu, 39, was jointly charged with his fiance Cynthia Munangwari, and his elder brother Joseph Kanyamunyu, a public relations officer, last month.
The suspects appeared before Nakawa Magistrates Court for the mention of their case on Tuesday morning.
They are accused of killing child rights activist Kenneth Akena. Kanyamunyu and his fiance were arrested shortly after the gruesome gunning down of Akena around Lugogo last month.
Prosecution puts it that on November 12, 2016, Kanyamunyu, Munwangari, Joseph and other accomplices still at large, while on Kampala- Jinja Road near Malik Car Bond, opposite Uganda Manufacturers Association offices, in Nakawa Division, “with malice aforethought caused the death of Kenneth Akena”.
The trio was charged with murder, an offence for which the maximum penalty is death. Unlike the first time when accused persons seemed unfazed with the situation, the trio was visibly calm during their second appearance in the lower court’s dock.
State Attorney Racheal Nabwire informed court that investigations into the case were still ongoing thus seeking adjournment.
Noah Sajjabi, the trial magistrate, therefore further remanded the suspects to Luzira Maximum Prison until December 20, 2016 when they will reappear for mention of their case.
It was during the mention of their case, in a filled-up court that Grace Karuhanga, the suspects’ lawyer asked court to block journalists from attending court saying that they were “not organised in what they were doing.”
“ Your worship I am concerned to the manner in which journalists are behaving in court to the extent that some have stepped at the bar and some were telling me to even sit down,” a vividly irate Karuhanga told court adding that “It is their right to take pictures but in an orderly way.”
Although the magistrate agreed with the lawyer’s submissions and asked the journalists to step out of the witness dock where they were packed, he refused to block them and other court users from attending court.
“I cannot block anyone from attending court, this is a temple of justice, however journalists should do their work in an orderly way,” Sajjabi ruled.