Winnie Byanyima, an aunt to Mathew Kanyamunyu while in court to stand surety for her nephews.

Detained murder suspect Mathew Kanyamunyu, his co-accused Joseph Kanyamunyu and lady friend Cynthia Munangwari, are expected to be committed to the High Court today by the Nakawa Chief Magistrate.

The three were last week denied bail by High Court judge Lady Justice Elizabeth Kabanda and sent back to Luzira Prisons, where they have been on remand for about three months.

Prosecution avers that last year Mathew Kanyamunyu and his co-accused killed social worker Kenneth Akena, after the latter allegedly scratched a car in which Mathew was together with Ms Munangwari. This, Prosecution says, prompted Mathew to draw a gun and shoot Akena, a development that has since caused bad blood with tribal intonations flying between relatives and friends on the two sides, and subsequently drawing in politicians.

Last week when the matter came up before the High Court, with the three accused seeking bail, five MPs from northern Uganda led by Aruu County MP Odonga Otto and Beatrice Anywar appended their signatures on a document, indicating they would quit the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party if Dr Kizza Besigye (a former FDC presidential candidate) did not prevail over his wife Winnie Byanyima to withdraw from the case. Ms Byanyima, who is an aunt of the Kanyamunyus, was in court to stand surety for Mathew, the alleged killer, something that did not go down well with the deceased’s relatives, who argued that given Winnie’s national and international stature, she was likely to influence the decision of the presiding judge.