Mathew Kanyamunyu has pleaded guilty to the killing of social worker Kenneth Akena and sentenced to 5 years + one month in jail while his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari has been set free by the court after the DPP withdrew the charges after against her under the plea bargain court hearing.
A plea bargain is any agreement in a criminal case between the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP),and defendant whereby the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a particular charge in return for some concession from the prosecutor.
Kanyamunyu was arrested in 2016 on suspicion that he drew a gun and shot Akena after he reportedly knocked his car in Lugogo, Kampala. Akena had reportedly gone to apologize to Kanyamunyu after the accident but Kanyamunyu is accused of lowering the window of his car and shooting him at close range.
Akena died a few hours later at Norvik Hospital on Bombo Road where he had been taken by the accused. He has since then been on trial together with his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and sibling Joseph Kanyamunyu. But throughout the trial, Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend insisted that they took Akena to hospital as good Samaritans.