Ugandans have Thursday taken to social media platforms to air out their dissatisfaction with the Court ruling in which Mathew Kanyamunyu was sentenced to 5 years in jail for the murder of social worker Kenneth Akena in 2016.
The light sentence came after Kanyamunyu entered into a plea bargain with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), to the charge of manslaughter.
High Court Judge Steven Mubiru consequently sentenced him to 5 years and one month in jail, while his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari with whom they have been in trouble, was set free by the same court after the DPP withdrew the charges after against her.
Immediately after the news broke, many people took to social media to complain about how light the sentence was, considering the grave crime he committed.
The sentence was compared to those of Geoffrey Kazinda who recently got 15 years for embezzlement, while others compared it to the 7 years for women found in the infamous sex party.
Peter Kabatsi the defendant’s lawyer told court that Kanyamunyu is aged 43 years & he is a first offender and that after shooting Akena, he realized the gravity of his actions and attempted to save his life.
“He suffers from hypertension, he is a single parent to 4 minor children.”
“Wait a minute , Kazinda gets 15 years for embezzlement and Kanyamunyu gets just 5 years for murder?? What is wrong with my country,? May be i don’t understand Court systems” one twitter use wondered.
“They’ll kill your friends and there will never be justice. Kanyamunyu’s case was murder not manslaughter” another user wrote.
“By what? Hell No. When Uwera Nsenga is in jail for knocking her husband. She also took him to hospital where he succumbed. But she was convicted for 15 years. This kanyamunyu didn't give Akena's kids chance to live with their father” another one wrote.
“Mathew Kanyamunyu= 5 yrs+1month. Sex party animals=7 years. If the maths fails to add up, let the justice system be at least fair” one other user noted.
Two months ago, Kanyamunyu met with Akena’s clan leaders, confessed and sought their forgiveness for taking the life of their son for something minor.