The murder case against businessman Mathew Kanyamunyu, his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and brother Joseph Kanyamunyu resumed today Tuesday, having been carried forward from the previous High Court session.
In the new session being conducted by High Court judge Steven Mubiru, Kanyamunyu’s case is one the partly heard cases.
As the case resumed today, Prosecution led by Jonathan Muwaganya presented in court the previous witness for cross examination, since by closure of the previous session the defence had shown no readiness to proceed with him.
However, Defence counsels led by McDusman Kabega asked court for an adjournment so that they can conclude with their applications for plea bargaining.
“My Lord we have filed an application Miscellaneous application 15 of 2020 before you and we have served the DPP. We seek for an adjournment to dispose of this application which has a great bearing to the case,” he said.
Kabega pointed out that the application contains plea bargaining and the Traditional Process which Kanyamunyu is still undertaking with the family of the victim (Akena).
The judge however, declined to adjourn the matter on these grounds.
“My concern is not about jeopardizing Plea bargain process but the trial process. Plea bargain is not among the grounds for seeking adjournments in criminal trials,” the judge ruled.
Justice Mubiru added that he couldn’t waste the precious time of the session making adjournments in this matter which he wants to conclude by next month.
On his part, Prosecutor Muwaganya asked court to proceed with cross examining of their witness because it doesn’t in any way affect the plea bargain plans.
The defence then asked for an adjournment to enable them prepare enough.
The matter has been adjourned to 6th November 2020 for hearing.
Mathew Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari are charged with murder of Kenneth Akena