BYANYIMA: Acholi soldiers killed Kanyamunyu’s father; Acholi policemen haunting Bahima

BYANYIMA: Acholi soldiers killed Kanyamunyu’s father; Acholi policemen haunting Bahima
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As Ugandans closely follow the infamous Kanyamunyu/Akena murder case, Aruu County Member of Parliament Odonga Otto’s acts of trying to block former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye’s wife Ms Winnie Byanyima from entering to court as she came to stand surety for the accused, her nephew Mathew Kanyamunyu, his girlfriend Ms Cynthia Munwangari and his elder brother Joseph Kanyamunyu has led to new revelations.

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Edith Byanyima on Saturday claimed in an interview with ChimpReports that their family and friends were in court because Militon Obote’s Acholi soldiers (Late Akena is an Acholi) killed Kanyamunyu’s father James Arthur Kanyamunyu, a reputable evangelist and businessman and Jolly Kanyamunyu’s two brothers who were killed on suspicion of being collaborators of the National Resistance Army under Yoweri Museveni.

The most famous close relation of the Kanyamunyu’s was RO/00012 Maj. Fred Nkuranga Rubereza who died in 1981, the first year of the bush struggle that led to the overthrow of the Obote government.

Edith Byanyima who took over responsibility of Joseph Kanyamunyu after their parents died in her interview with ChimpReport’s Giles Muhame condemned the Acholis for holding Dr Besigye vicariously liable for Ms Byanyima’s actions at Kampala High Court on Tuesday.

Pointers from Edith Byanyima’s interview:

She said several people who lost their relatives to Acholi soldiers during Amin’s reign have pledged to stand with the Kanyamunyus.

“We have got many victims of Acholi soldiers. They are telling us not to allow intimidation of our children,” she added, tearfully.

“It’s a travesty if we can’t get justice. Our people died to bring this justice. We don’t hold the entire Acholi tribe for our people’s disappearance. But our people died to get justice. These people (Akena’s associates) are abusing justice earned through blood,” said Edith.

“We have been quiet for two months. What do they mean by ferrying people in four buses to court in Kampala? Where is the guarantee that those buses will return to Acholi? This is not Acholi. We also have friends in Buganda. We will not allow them,” warned Edith.

Asked to comment on the heckling after the court hearing, Edith was unforgiving and did not mince words: “Our people are entitled to bail. Why would anyone assault her (Winnie)? Our forefathers were killed as they fought for these courts and then they come to abuse us?”

Every time Edith recalled the ethnic comments made by Akena’s relatives, her face would turn blue.

“It’s so annoying. The Acholis remind us of injustice. They are trying to commit the same injustice. If they had power, we would not be in court. Do they want me to tell them no one has monopoly of violence? This is totally unacceptable.”

She added: “If these boys (Joseph and Mathew) had their father, maybe we would not be in court. We are in court because they killed him. We have been quiet hoping that something fair would come up. Even then what kind of justice can be obtained under these circumstances?”

“Is this Acholi? They should stop threatening us. May be we should form an association? These people are in Parliament, security everywhere. In their days we would have vanished. They are playing with justice ushered in by blood of our relatives. These boys’ relatives died for justice.”

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Edith blamed police for not taking action to maintain order in court.

“It’s so frustrating when you see the police doing nothing. There are anti sectarianism acts; nobody has done anything. Nobody has been questioned,” charged Edith.

“Why is he on a murder charge? The identification parade was organized by Acholi policemen. The case is being investigated by a one Johnson Olar, an Acholi and the search was done by mainly Acholi cops,” she complained.

“The whole thing smirks of framing. They put a video of a witness account on NTV showing Mathew had killed Akena. When we challenged the television; they pretended to retract the statement. We have never seen a full retraction. We may have to go to court.”

Edith urged authorities to take interest in the case so as to deliver justice.

“We want a fair trial. We will appeal to authorities to ensure people stop interfering with the process of the law. We are considering a petition to show that in these circumstances we cannot get a fair trial.”

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44 Responses to "BYANYIMA: Acholi soldiers killed Kanyamunyu’s father; Acholi policemen haunting Bahima"

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  2. kyomugisha patience   January 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Justice should prevail,acholis dnt play with peoples lives.

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  3. ojara stephen   January 14, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    what nosense are u talking about,it means we have to be blamed for father’s mistakes. let kamunyuuuuu face the court alone and stop telling us how they for us it waz their responsibilities. we Acholi we dont get threatened easily.

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  4. George Mugume   January 14, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    The Acholi are our brother and sister’s, let’s not politicize or tribalize a murder trial. It’s not good for Uganda. I urge everyone to stop making stupid divisive remarks. We need to live together, love one another, marry each other etc. In christ there is no Greek or Jew. Stop saying dumb inflamatory things that can lead to blood shed.

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    • Taban   January 16, 2017 at 11:05 am

      If dis is the kind of First Lady we are expecting as ugandan then better Janet Museveni who is just dorman because Winny just claims sense by being nonsensical.

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  5. Joe   January 14, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Where’s the civility in these general assertions. Let’s avoid tribal undertones. We are one people, and criminal offences are personal to holder and cannot be ascribed to generations coming after commission of the offences. So to say, the Acholi…. is most unfortunate.

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  6. Kalegyeya   January 14, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Fake woman ashaming our mothers.
    How di u gets guts to justify Akenas death.
    Just like Kanyamunyu(murderer) Late (innocent) Akena was also young then.
    Arrogance if saying u fought when ur parents fought for peace in order for their offsprings to be murderers!!!
    Ours were also in the struggle but we live descent people.

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    • Kalegyeya   January 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

      Add your comment Your comment is awaiting
      moderation.
      Fake woman ashaming our
      mothers.
      How did u get guts to justify
      Akenas death.
      Just like Kanyamunyu(murderer)
      Late (innocent) Akena was also
      If u are saying
      ur parents fought for peace in
      order for their offsprings to be
      murderers!!!
      Ours were also in the struggle but
      we live descent people.
      Shame upon u.

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  7. Mausen   January 15, 2017 at 12:38 am

    I don’t get her argument . It’s absurd

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  8. Patrick   January 15, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Why can’t Odongaz give courts to dispense justice without intimidation?I don’t agree with acholis behaviours at all .

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  9. kokas   January 15, 2017 at 7:28 am

    In fact that woman is foolish, we are moving forward but you are taking us backward. Better denouce you statements and ask for 4giveness from all Ugandans. Do you think its only you pipo who fought for Justice in Uganda?, please you desrve to be considered a traiter, better style up dear

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  10. GODFREY   January 15, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Two Wrongs Can Put Things Right.Edith Should Know That By The Time Kanyamunyu Father Wz Killed,h Wz Rebelling Against The Government In Power.May I Know From Edith What Strong Crime Did Akena Commit That Costed His Dear Life? Why Didn’t Kanyamunyu Resort To Court To Handle Akena If At All He Had Any Case! Let Us Put Aside Tribal InsightS Into This Matter.

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  11. Oryema   January 15, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Does the the death of kanyamunyu’s justify his murderous action?? What’s is this Edith talking about, those threatening statements don’t add up. Let the killer be handled as the law dictates.
    Where is the justice your fathers fought for?? Was it for homestead, tribe or national justice?? Why do we have people getting lost without proper justifiable reasons…. Acholi, acholi, Acholi!!! Who gives orders for whatever is happening to happen.
    Adding salt on old wounds takes the country no where, behave and be repentant in your hearts you who claim to have fought for Justice

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  12. moussa   January 15, 2017 at 9:47 am

    So d Edith woman is justifying the murder of Akena by Kanyamunyu*. I think the Police should immediately take interest in her because she is a potential murderer too, Uganda has come along way & such cheap tribalistic hooligans should be checked before she shoots more innocent people too.

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  13. moussa   January 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Byanyima taking Ugandans back. Her statement is judgement that her nephew killed Akena to revenge the father…..she is creating hatred between Acholi and Bahima both of whom are good people trying to leave in harmony

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  14. Con   January 15, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Too bad….sounds tribalistic

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  15. rose malehera   January 15, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I think I saw this coming. Fools. The NRM killed people to come to power should we also wait for time so we can persecute them. The bahima who think they own this country should go hang. This is our country.

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  16. elisha   January 15, 2017 at 11:44 am

    the truth will set you free

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  17. Martin   January 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    What exactly is she saying? Acholi/ freedom fighters/ we will not allow… what have all those got to do with the fact that Kanyamunyu is charged with the murder of Akena? These Tribal sentiments are not taking us anywhere

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  18. Kankwerere christine   January 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    honestly let’s not be mature in this situation,someone was murdered and that is a fact.Let us use the law as it is and not dwell on past tribal grudges,how will such help us.Its a shame to base such an argument on emotions the law is the law and should never be based on emotions.Lets be Ugandans be united and not divided on tribal basis for the sake of peace

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  19. joseph   January 15, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    They should release kanyamunyu, then other tribes that have lost people during this regime may also have to wait for museven to leave (which surely will come to pass) to take theor revenge. Is this what she is trying to mean?
    Ugandans reason right, let justice take its cause. Truly beauty is not wisdom.

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  20. Eric   January 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    embarassing words there, perhaps stupid remarks. i ll say no more

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  21. odongpiny   January 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Stupid statement,her integrity is quastionable

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  22. oryem   January 15, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I thought she was a reasonable person but i ws mistaken,infact she must apologise to ugandans about such tribal statement,very unfortunate

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  23. Lawel Frayer   January 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Shez Too Sum Extent Ryt Having Lost Is So Painful…Bt They Dont Have To Threaten Everyone… To Judge Someone Guilty Even Before They Are…Ferrying Four Buses Mbu So Wt We Kneel…En Sentence The Kanyamunyuz To Life Imprisonment Before Trial Jst Bse They Re Acholi

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  24. Kintu   January 15, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you for your comments, my suggestion is that we should give comments basing on civilized society

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  25. George Foreman   January 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Uganda is bigger than those dimwits!!

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  26. Munduga   January 15, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    So much is bottled up in us. May God heal us all!

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  27. Ratib Kassim   January 15, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Very Absurd If That Is The Motivation Behind Late Akena’s Murder. Let Us Be Mature Enough In Making Statements Of This Nature In Such Sensitive Issues. So ‘Bahima Power’ Is Been Demonstrated? P’se Stop This Arrogance And Apologise And Retract Those Uncivilized Words.

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  28. vianney k   January 16, 2017 at 8:23 am

    The truth is known by these who were at the scene…when Akena was killed,, Ugandan Police is very wk in this kind of investigation….we may not get the truth….as per now…including the emotions we are seeing now. Soon Kanyamunyu will be.out and dead will be dead and gone…..Odongo Oto is very weak minded….why does he think Bwanyima would really help and support a dead Acholi when there is Bad history that he knows very well. Even me who was born and grew up in Ankole cnt drink a beer safely with a Muhima just becouse they know…they are the only human beings on earth. even the Acholi know they are only people who should have power and authority on a Gun….both small groups of people…are as dangerous as u can see..God will help u…may be

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  29. Bob   January 16, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I think this woman (Edith) has a mental case. there’s an obvious act of murder that is committed by her nephews who are very well known for their hot tempers. Death has already happened, they should be apologetic, get appropriate way of approaching Akena’s people and resolve the problem amicably, as of now the matter in court should not be politicize.

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  30. Olga steve   January 16, 2017 at 11:01 am

    very unfortunate for our country Uganda
    we nid Devine intervention

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  32. Abecha francis   January 16, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    which mean that kanyimunyu killed akena becoz his father? tell us da truth!

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  33. Abecha francis   January 16, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Which kanyimunyu killed becoz his father was killed by acholis? tell as the truth!

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  34. ABDUL   January 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Guyz let us not waste our tym with this woman lets wait for that tym to come and slaughter them and see where it will stop.First of all they first killed innocent people as rebels what did they expect govt forces to do with rebels?what have the done in Acholi sub region,should we also carry gun and see where it will end.FOR GOOD AND MY COUNTRY. GOD FORBID WERE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

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  35. Jacob   January 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    When I See An Acholi,i See The Image Of God&when Isee A Muhima ,i See The Image Of God.One’s Colour/tribe Does Not Make One A Lesser Image Of God.No One Has Power To Take The Life Of Another.Let’s Unite And Fight Impunity.

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  36. Oboko Stephen   January 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

    That is very stupid of her,if we are to rely on the past then…….what about the future ?. We have to stand for justice and peace,why is it that she is the only person reminding us of the past.your money is useless………..you bring every one on board ( the achlolis),if she still insists on lamenting nonsense,we will not let go.Why is she even engrossed in such bogus acts ?.

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  37. Norman   January 18, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Bogus Statement from that WOMAN. Kanyamunyu should be prosecuted and charged of murder.

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  42. Emma Ongom   February 2, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I am totally disappointed by Edith Byanyima for her subsequent weird statements made. Was it Akena who mudered Kanyemunyu’s father. Does it mean that if some of the Acholi soldiers killed some Bahimas during the power struggle then some innocent people have to pay the price.
    I’m begining to realise that this old woman (Edith Byanyima) knows what happened on Akena and she is behind all these.
    What we always wish for is a stable and peaceful Uganda where every body can enjoy the fruits of this nation from all corners.
    We are not ready for a regional or tribal coups.

    So please, old woman take note. Always mind your words because even the mad man can only be forgiven for the words spoken recklessly but not forgotten otherwise..!

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