Kanyamunyu trial worsens as principal judge gets involved

Principal Judge Flavian Zeija is expected to meet Justice Stephen Mubiru, the judge in the murder trial of businessman Matthew Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend, after the case was on Friday adjourned to the next criminal session.

“We are going to link up on Monday (today) with Justice Mubiru about this issue and thereafter, I can ably communicate the outcome,” Justice Zeija told Daily Monitor in a telephone interview on Saturday.

Mr. Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari are charged with the murder of children rights activist Kenneth Akena on November 12, 2016, on Kampala-Jinja Road opposite Uganda Manufacturers Association main gate in Lugogo.

On Friday, Justice Mubiru adjourned the case to the next criminal session despite pleas from the prosecution to complete the hearing.

The judge returned the murder file to the head of the High Court Criminal Division on account that his one-month trial session had elapsed and he had to return to his duty station in Gulu District, where he is the sole judge. He had also disqualified one out of the two assessors for late coming.

“…My biggest concern is that there are cases I had fixed which deserve to be attended to and I am the only judge there [at Gulu High Court],” Justice Mubiru said.

Source: DM

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