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KANYAMUNYU CASE: AKENA RELATIVES CONFRONT BYANYIMA

KAMPALA- The state have asked court not grant bail to Kampala businessman Mr Mathew Kanyamunyu, his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and his elder brother Joseph Kanyamunyu who are facing alleged charges of murder of a one Kenneth Akena.

The Executive director of Oxfam International Winnie Byanyima one of the sureties to Kanyamunyu had a tough moment at Kampala High Court after relatives of the late child rights activist; Kenneth Akena confronted her at court.

Winnie Byanyima who is also wife of former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besgye moments after court adjournment, the relatives and friends to Late Akena including legislators Samuel Odonga Otto (Aruu County) and Beatrice Anywa (Woman Mp Kitgum), protested decision by Winnie Byanyima to stand as surety for the accused.

The Legislators claim that former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye had betrayed them by allowing his wife to stand surety for the accused. Byanyima was shielded by her relatives and friends from the seemingly rowdy group.

The trial High court Judge Elizabeth Kabanda after the hearing to the arguments for and against the bail application of the trio reserved her judgment for 5pm. Eight sureties have been presented Winnie Byanyima inclusive. Others are Edith Byanyima, Martha Byanyima all relatives to the accused among others.

State Attorney Samalie Wakooli was quick to ask court not to allow the bail application, adding that the trio are likely to jump bail conditions. She adds that there is not exceptional ground onto which court should rely on.

The state also objected to the letters of residence that the lawyers of the accused presented to court citing their places of abode at Royal Palms Estate Butabika and Kiwafu B Zone in Makindye Division, saying there is no proof of permanent residence since they are just tenants who can shift to another location.

Mathew Kanyamunyu, his girlfriend Ms Cynthia Munwangari and his elder brother Joseph Kanyamunyu are facing alleged charges of murder against the activist Kenneth Akena who was killed last year November at Lugogo, near Kampala protested her effort to stand surety for suspected killers.

The trial Judge Elizabeth Kabanda to give her ruling at 5:00 pm.