FLASHBACK: L-R Joseph Kanyamunyu, Cynthia Munangwari and Mathew Kanyamunyu in the dock.

Joseph Kanyamunyu, the elder brother to city businessman Mathew Kanyamunyu who is accused of killing social worker Kenneth Akena, has been granted bail by the High Court today.

Kanyamunyu, facing murder charges, was granted bail together with lady friend Cynthia Munangwari by Justice Yasin Nyanzi.

Last week the judiciary assigned Justice Nyanzi to hear the bail application after the first judge, Lady Justice Elizabeth Kabanda, denied the trio bail in February. Prosecution avers that on November 12 last year, Mathew Kanyamunyu, in the company of lady friend Munangwari, fatally shot Akena.

The Kanyamunyus, who have been on remand in Luzira since November last year, are from Western Uganda and the death of Akena, an Acholi, polarized those concerned on both sides along ethnic lines.

In early February the differences on both sides escalated and even drew in Members of Parliament from the deceased’s ancestral home including Aruu County MP Samuel Odonga Otto, to protest against Winnie Byanyima, an aunt of the two brothers, who sought to stand surety for them.