By Ronald Nahabwe
Kampala, Uganda: The trial of three suspects; Cynthia Munwangari, Mathew and Joseph Kanyamunyu, for the murder social worker Kenneth Akena on November 12 , 2017 around Lugogo, has flopped yet again.
This came about after the state informed court that the suspects’ lawyers had not availed their evidence to all parties for perusal . Prosecutor Fatina Nakafeero requested court to compel the Kanyamunyus’ lawyers to file their defence evidence so that prosecution can peruse them and respond in time. “My lord I pray for an adjournment because the defence team has not disclosed its evidence to us. We hope we are given ample time such that all the exhibits can be given to us for review,” she requested. After consulting the defence team led by senior counsel Mac Dusman Kabega, the trial judge justice Steven Mubiru adjourned the case to yet to be set date. But he warned the two legal teams that next time they should prepare all the necessary evidence and responses as the case is still lagging behind the schedule. The state alleges that Mathew Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Munwangari, while around Lugogo in November 2017, had a heated exchange with Akena, whom they accused of scratching their motor vehicle.
It’s said the suspects shot Akena three times in the stomach and later called Joseph Kayamunyu who picked the gun and hid it in an unknown place before Mathew and Cynthia rushed Akena to Novirk hospital, where he died due to overbleeding. At the time of death, some health workers who worked on Akena said he left behind a dying declaration that he had been shot by the people who had taken him to the hospital.