Kanyamunyu released from Luzira prison after serving 3 years for murdering Akena

Posted on Apr 12, 2024
By LTAuthor

Matthew Kanyamunyu, a kampala businessman who shot and killed child rights activists, Kenneth Akena in 2016 has today Friday 12th April 2024 gained back his freedom after serving 3 years and 5 months in prison. 

Kanyamunyu was sentenced to five years and one month in jail but he has served three years and five months upon remission.

On Friday, the businessman was released from prison and according to prisons’ spokesperson, Frank Baine, Kanyamunyu has concluded his sentence.

"He has been duly discharged back home for integration,” Baine said.

During his sentence, High Court Stephen Mubiru said he opted for a lighter sentence since Kanyamunyu was a first-time offender but also took the victim to the hospital.

"Kanyamunyu is 43 years and he is a first offender, after shooting him, he realised the gravity of his actions and rushed the deceased to hospital where he told the doctors what had happened and attempted to save his life. He sought out the deceased’s family and community leaders and asked for forgiveness. He suffers from hypertension; he is a single parent to 4 minor children.”

Frank Baine says Kanyamunyu had been sentenced to five years and one month and would be released in December 2025, but they had deducted remission time.

"Some days are awarded to a hardworking and disciplined prisoner and this is an entitlement for prisoners sentenced beyond one month. Kanyamunyu benefitted from this remission and his earliest period of discharge landed him today, April 12, 2024.”

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