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Gun residues found on Kanyamunyu's clothes

Robinah Kirinya displays the alleged bullet that killed Kenneth Akena

Robinah Kirinya displays the alleged bullet that killed Kenneth Akena

A  ballistic expert has told court that gunshot residues were found on the clothes belonging to key murder suspect Matthew Kanyamunyu.

The residues are normally deposited on the hands and clothes of someone who discharges a firearm. Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari are on trial for the murder of child rights activist Kenneth Akena in 2016. Kanyamunyu, who is also charged alongside his brother Joseph Kanyamunyu insists that he only played a Good Samaritan by taking Akena to hospital.

Prosecution alleges that Matthew shot Akena, 33, in the stomach after a brawl over a car scratch on November 12. Akena died later at Norvik hospital on November 13, 2016.

On Friday, Robinah Kirinya a principal government analyst from the Government Analytical Laboratory in Kampala told court that she examined exhibits like Kanyamunyu's car registration number UAW 548M and in the glove compartment, where it is alleged he hid the killer gun that is still missing. 

Kirinya also said that when she examined the clothes, components of gunshot residues were found around the edge and inside the right pocket of Kanyamunyu's pair of trousers and on the right-hand breast part of his long-sleeved sky blue shirt.

The 58-year-old Kirinya also told court that she found several items in Kanyamunyu's car which she displayed in court including a United Bank of Africa cheque book, Rwandan currency, receipts from Toyota, medicine, a copy of an ID card in the names of Busobozi Taremwa.

Others were a Capital Shoppers reward card, invitation cards, shoes and hairbrushes, business cards, empty sheets, neckties among other several items, some of which belonged to his elder brother Joseph Kanyamunyu.

After displaying the items in court, Kanyamunyu's lawyer Caleb Alaka told court that it was their first time to see the items because they have never been disclosed to them. Alaka asked justice Steven Mubiru for more time to consult his clients as to whether they should be accepted the items as evidence in the matter.


-1 #1 WADADA rogers 2020-02-17 09:39
Alaka is right, thats what they call trial by ambush, these clothes should have been disclosed to the defense before the trial could begin, one would imagine they have been fabricated.

But who says the clothes said to have had the gun residues and displayed in court belonged to Kanyamunyu, were they listed as part of the exhibits found at his home,

What proof is there to show that the clothes belong to Kanyamunyu. Anyway, when all is said and done, Cynthia will be let off the hook before Kanyamunyu is put to his defense and then case dismissed after the full hearing. There are lots of gaps and contradictions in the prosecution case.
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0 #2 Mwaka Denis 2020-02-17 12:11
My brother thank you for your comments on the case what I know nothing will add up in case of the late Akena.

I wish the family could have pulled out of this engagement because in the eyes of God judgment has already been delivered.

I pray for good health so that testimonies can be delivered at one point in Jesus's name
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0 #3 O J 2020-02-17 14:49
You can fool man but not God
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+2 #4 Zaitun 2020-02-17 16:13
Pity, Mr Caleb Alaka please, for how long will you continue defending killers in the name of our so-called justice? How sweet is the smell of ill-gotten money in your nostrils especially blood money?

How can you argue that it was the first time to see the items because they have never been disclosed? Disclosed to who? Did your clients not inform you that the police had found some items in their car and confiscated them?

You can lie in the name of this earthly justice where clansmen will never be imprisoned, but God's justice will not know whether you come from the same clan or tribe.

May Akena's soul rest in everlasting peace. May the loving Lord care for the berieved family members.
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+1 #5 WINNER 2020-02-17 17:28
This man of Caleb (name means dog) from the Lugbara tribe is behaving as if he is the almighty in the matters of justice but let him be assured that he can use all the lope holes in the justice system but the God of justice can’t be outwitted by foolish wisdom of mere mortals like Alaka.

Caleb Alaka we all know that you are doing all these in the name of justice but for a fatter cheque to the bank. True enough the well connected Kanyamunyu will fatten your bank account and you will call yourself the best lawyer in town when you honestly know the truth as to who killed Akena.

Let me tell you this truth that those who pervert justice for others are worse off than the one who committed the crime. You are worse than the kanyamunyu who pulled the trigger on Akena. You wait for your day of reckoning and you will regret when it’s too late.

And to the family of the late Akena be assured that millions of people worldwide are with you. Find peace in God.
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0 #6 WADADA rogers 2020-02-17 17:56
For those who are condemning Alaka, i say dont, he is only doing his work just like judges who condemn the innocent and guilty to death yet that is the preserve of God as many of you may argue.

These things that we call laws have their origin in the bible that many of you are relying on to point fingers at Alaka, Alaka is only doing what the law that derives its strength in the Bible expects of him.

Even during the days of Jesus, there were Lawyers and judges
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0 #7 WADADA rogers 2020-02-17 21:35
I had the benefit of being in court that day, Robinah Kirinya's evidence could be the last nail on the coffin of this case.

I think the judge will be left with no option but to conduct a voir dire- Trial with a Trial to determine whether or not to expunge the evidence of this kind lady.

This is of course not her fault, as usual, it is the police to blame for poor investigation, for they submitted two police request forms to the department government analytical laboratory for examination.

The question is, which was was relied on to make the findings. It is highly probable that her evidence which i consider very important may be disregarded leaving the prosecution case naked.
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