Court has pushed the trial of Mathew Kanyamunyu, a city business man and his companion Cynthia Munwangari to 27th October 2020.
While collaborating with Munwangari, Kanyamunyu is said to have shot dead social worker Kenneth Akena. He and his companion were arrested on November 12th, 2016. He was awaiting trial which was scheduled for earlier today morning but according to the High Court registry, it had been postponed after an administrative meeting was held yesterday.
This trial was halted earlier this year in February after presiding judge Steven Mubiru indicated that the time allocated to him to handle a criminal session in Kampala was out and that he had supervisory roles to do at his work station at Gulu High court.
However, according to the Judiciary’s Communications Officer, Jamson Karemani, Justice Mubiru was recalled to handle the case to completion together with other criminal cases this came shortly after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Justice Jane Frances Abodo, wrote to the Principal Judge, Flavia Zeija over the delayed resumption of the murder trial.
Justice Mubiru abandoned the trial after listening to 12 witnesses including the late Akena’s relatives, investigating officers, and a senior government Analyst Robinah Kirinya who examined police exhibits and found out that they had gun powder and matching DNA.
This set off clouds of rage amongst his close friends and family who believe that the arm of justice has been delayed seeing as he was killed in cold blood.
Kanyamunyu, last month, confessed to killing Akena and agreed to pay reparation for the offense. Dr. John Baptist Odama, the Gulu Archbishop backed by Rwot David Onena Acana II, the paramount chief of Acholi persuaded Akena’s family to open up to the negotiations.
Akena was born on November 29, 1983 in Gandyang town, Kitgum district. Akena’s father is Eng Francis Xavier Omona and his mother Suzan Omona Tiperu. He has been fifth in the family of seven children.