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Akena Murder Case: DPP Withdraws Charges against Cynthia Munwangari

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has Thursday withdrawn charges against Cynthia Munwangari, partner to Matthew Kanyamunyu who is accused of murdering social worker Kenneth Akena in 2016.

This followed a ‘Nolle Prosequi’ which has been presented before High Court Judge Steven Mubiru indicating that DPP has lost interest in prosecuting her.

The ‘Nolle Prosequi’ was presented by the Deputy DPP Jonathan Muwaganya and it has been accepted by court which set Cynthia free.

Under the (1995) Constitution of Uganda, the DPP has the mandate to withdraw criminal charges against anybody without giving reasons.

For almost three years now, Cynthia, together with Kanyamunyu have been battling the Akena murder court. However, on Thursday November 12, 2020, Matthew Kanyamunyu, her co accused, owned up to the error which led to the death of Kenneth Akena.

He pleaded guilty to having shot Akena at Lugogo and later tried to save his life by rushing him to the hospital.

After plea bargaining, he was sentenced to five years in jail.

It is alleged that on 12th November 2016, Mathew Kanyamunyu was driving with Cynthia when they picked a quarrel with Kenneth Akena who was driving a Toyota Premio, for scratching the former’s car (Land cruiser Prado) and later shot him in the stomach using a pistol.

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Kanyamunyu tried to save Akena’s life by rushing him to Nakasero Hospital where he passed away from.

 

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