The High Court in Kampala will for the fourth time hear embattled businessman Mathew Kanyamunyu’s bail application. Kanyamunyu is charged with the murder of a child rights activist, Kenneth Akena who was killed last November in Lugogo.
Mr Kanyamunyu’s lawyer Mr Evans Ocheng on Thursday filed the application in Kampala insisting that his client has the constitutional right to be released on bail pending trial, and the fact that he is innocent till proved guilty. High Court received the application and will set a date for this hearing.
Ocheng had last month unsuccessfully listed 14 grounds to support his client’s bail application which include a fixed place of residence at Royal Palms Estate in Nakawa Division and commitment to attend court at all times as and when required upon being granted bail. He argued that his co-accused who was granted bail by the same court has respected the bail conditions set to them of reporting to court and they were even present.
In trial judge Yasin Nyanzi ruling read by the deputy registrar execution and bailiffs division, Mr Baker Rwatooro Muhendo, the judge in August noted that the circumstances under which the earlier application was decided are exactly the same circumstances prevailing now.
Kanyamunyu along with his co-accused had first applied for bail before Justice Elizabeth Kabanda who ruled that he together with his accomplices had no fixed places of abode.
However on their second attempt, the co-accused, Kanyamunyu’s girlfriend Ms Cynthia Munwangari and his elder brother Joseph Kanyamunyu were granted bail as they said they had fixed places of abode by reason of approved tenancy.
Prosecution states that the three accused on November 12 while on Kampala-Jinja Road near Malik Car Bond, opposite Uganda Manufacturers Association offices in Lugogo in Nakawa with malice aforethought caused Akena’s death.