DPP Sanctions Murder Charges Against Kanyamunyu, 3 Others

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Sanctioning of the file in this case does not necessarily mean completion of investigations as the Magistrates Court Act provides for remand and committal to the High Court within 365 days, once investigations are completed in capital offences.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has sanctioned murder charges against Mathew Kanyamunyu in connection to the Lugogo shooting in which social worker Kenneth Watmon Akena died.

Kanyamunyu is to be charged together with his Burundian girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and two of his brothers, Joseph Kanyamunyu and Moses Kanyamunyu.

Kanyamunyu is the prime suspect in the shooting of Akena, a 33-year-old Social Worker on November 12 at or near Lugogo Game Stores. The three other suspects are charged with conspiracy after the incident.

The four who are in custody at Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja will today be transferred back to Kampala and later arraigned before the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima confirmed the sanctioning of the file saying the suspects are ready to appear in court. "The suspects are likely to appear in court today or tomorrow as investigations continue," says Kayima.

Sanctioning of the file in this case does not necessarily mean completion of investigations as the Magistrates Court Act provides for remand and committal to the High Court within 365 days, once investigations are completed in capital offences.

Despite charging the four suspects with the murder and conspiracy, police remains stranded in a case without a reliable scene of crime, no murder weapon and no reliable witnesses.

Kanyamunyu's two brothers were arrested on Thursday last week after a call log report placed them in the same place with the principal suspect on the night of November 12, 2016 when Akena was reportedly shot for accidentally scratching the suspect's car.

Kanyamunyu told police he only acted as a good Samaritan by taking the victim to hospital after he was shot by other people.

Up until now, Police is relying on Akena's declaration to his brother, John Paul Nyeko, shortly before he died. He said the people who brought him to hospital were the ones who had actually shot him.
  
Akena died at Norvick Hospital on Sunday morning, succumbing to the bullet wounds he sustained the previous night.
  
Since the investigations began, detectives have hit road ends in trying to establish what transpired. Currently, the murder weapon is still missing, the scene of crime is unknown and there is no witness who can narrate what exactly happened.
  
Results of a postmortem analysis done on the late Akena are yet to be released to the family and the public.
  
Ideally a postmortem analysis is done in one day and the report handed to the family of a victim together with the body unless there is a disagreement on the findings of the report.
  
While police handed over the body of Akena on Monday last week after carrying out the postmortem analysis, the report has not been given to them.
  
According to the deceased's brother John Paul Nyeko, at the time they were given Akena's body, they were asked to pick the report after four days.
  
"When we were called for the body, the postmortem had already been done but we were told the report would be ready after four days. When we were in the village, we sent someone to go pick it but the detectives said they will only give it to us," Nyeko told Uganda Radio Network.
                                                                                            

 

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Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

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