Judge Reassures Kanyamunyu as Bail Hearing Breaks Off

Mathew Kanyamunyu
Mathew Kanyamunyu

High Court judge Justice Wilson Kwesiga has assured murder suspect Mathew Kanyamunyu and the state prosecution that he will use his discretion while delivering his ruling on the suspect’s bail application later this afternoon

Kanyamunyu, through his lawyer Evans Ochieng filed his fourth application seeking court to release him on bail pending the hearing of his case, which has not been fixed ever since he was committed to High Court for trial.

Unlike the previous applications where Kanyamunyu’s lawyer made lengthy submissions, today the judge advised him to put emphasis on a few areas which were not clearly explained in the previous applications.

Kanyamunyu today presented proof that he has a fixed place of abode by providing a tenancy agreement of his home located at Royal Palms Estate in Luzira and an introduction letter from his land lord and LC chairperson.

He also presented five sureties, namely; Emmy Karuhanga his cousin, his uncle Julius Kanyamunyu, his Aunt Sebunya Amerian, another Aunt Stella Karuhanga and his guardian Gabi Gasatula.

Counsel Ochieng asked the judge to consider the sureties substantial basing on the blood attachment they have with him as well as the offices they hold.

State Attorney Immaculate Angutoko however, asked court to decline releasing Kanyamunyu on bail because he has applied for bail under the same circumstances like the previous applications.

The judge nonetheless promised that although Kanyamunyu filed for bail three times using almost the same grounds, he will use his discretion to decide either to grant  or deny him bail

“I cannot say that I am in a dilemma as one of my colleagues recently remarked. I want to give a ruling which will make such cases predictable in future”

The judge is expected to deliver his ruling at 2pm today.

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