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Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi has said that he will not relent on his quest for freedom and justice for all in Uganda. 

Kyagulanyi was speaking from his home in Magere, three hours after his arrival from the United States of America where he's been seeking further treatment.

 
On arrival at Entebbe Airport, Kyagulanyi was roughed up by police officers who drove him straight to his home in Magere, Kasangati. Several of his supporters who had thronged Entebbe road were either beaten or arrested by security. 
 
"From the plane they searched me, they took away my passport and all the documents and I don’t know where they're but am glad to be here [in Uganda]. I didn’t know where they were taking me, they just grabbed me." he said. 
 
"I have come to continue exactly where I stopped, I’m going to fight on and like I said, we must get our freedom or we shall die trying to fight for freedom. It looks like the government is determined to keep us slaves in our own country. I cannot ask for asylum anywhere else. I can’t be a refugee, no. I’m a Ugandan and I will stay in Uganda and I will fight for that freedom. And if I don’t get that freedom, at least my children or their children will get it."
 
Kyagulani has been in the US for the last 19 days seeking treatment after being allegedly tortured by the presidential guards, Special Forces Command (SFC) following his arrest on August 14. He was arrested alongside 32 others on suspicion that they had stoned President Yoweri Museveni's vehicle. The suspects have been charged with treason and are out on bail.  
 
Probably to confuse the journalists and the waiting supporters, two separate police convoys set off from Entebbe - driving at breakneck speed.
 
The convoy with Bobi Wine drove straight Magere while the other drove to Kasangati police station. For a while several journalists and supporters were fooled into thinking that he was being held at the police station.
 
Indeed, crowds started swelling outside Kasangati police station - chanting pro-Bobi Wine slogans before they were dispersed by the presidential guards. 

Asked about the status of his health, Kyagulanyi said he is still experiencing some pain in some parts of his body despite the treatment he underwent while abroad, but overall, he said he was feeling fine. 

2 months 3 weeks ago

The state has dropped Aggrey Kiyingi, a Ugandan-Australian based doctor, from the terrorism trial of former rebel leader Jamil Mukulu and more than 30 others.

In the amended indictment consented to by John Baptist Asiimwe, a senior assistant director of public prosecutions, and presented to court on August 23, the accused are jointly charged with 20 counts of terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and membership to the Allied Democratic Forces, a terrorist organisation, and the Salaf Islamic sect.

 

The offences are alleged to have been committed in the districts of Mayuge, Namayingo, Bugiri, Iganga, Jinja, Mbale, Budaka, Wakiso, Tororo, Mukono and Kampala between 2012 and 2015.

The DPP intends to adduce evidence to prove that there were conflicts among Muslim sects, most remarkably among the Salaf members themselves, on the mode of worship. These conflicts manifested in several attacks on individuals opposed to the ideology of the Salaf, resulting into deaths.

The attacks are alleged to have started with the murder of Sheikh Yunus Abubakeri Madangu on August 18, 2012 at Bwola zone in Bugiri district. The point of contention was the direction (kiblah) to face during worship.

The deceased favoured the Salaf view of facing north during prayers while all the accused were in favour of facing south. The deceased and others who opposed the change chased those who were in favour from the mosque, who included Rashid Kalenge (A24), Yusuf Abdu Musobya, Sheikh Swalahudin Baligeya and others.

 

On August 18, immediately after prayers, Nabangi (A3) and Sheikh Kawule (A25) allegedly murdered the deceased. 

“Evidence will be adduced to show that Abdullah (A2) was overall commander of all the operations in Busoga region; while Wasigu was the spiritual leader of the gang and had greatly influenced and directed their operations in which they resolved to acquire guns by robbing the police, army, local guards and any available source”, the indictment partly says.

The group allegedly recruited a soldier, Sgt John Woori (A7) alias Tango, who used to hire the AK47 rifle No56-131006417 (09505) from his police relative Cpl Martin Alex Engwau, a night guard at the IGG’s office in Tororo.

Other alleged crimes include Sheikh Muwaya’s murder. Evidence will be presented to show that in December 2014, Wesiku organised a meeting attended by Kabambwe, Abdul Swabul Kimbugwe alias Musamoza (A16), Adam Siraje and Yahaya and they resolved to murder Sheikh Ductoor Kadir Muwaya, a prominent Shia Muslim sect leader.

On the fateful night, Siraji allegedly followed the deceased from the mosque after evening prayers. Muwaya was allegedly shot by Musomoza. Kitambwe allegedly rode the getaway motorcycle carrying Afani Muhammad Mbuya ((A17).

Others murdered include; Tito Okware, the LC-III chairman Buyinja in February 2012. On February 15, 2015 in Namayingo, two police officers; Muzamiru Babale and Karim Tenywa who were guarding Justice Faith Mwondha’s village home were waylaid by Kabambwe and shot dead.

Their guns were later recovered from one of the houses under construction at Umar Muk’atar Islamic Centre owned by Wanjala.

On the night of July 8, 2014 Kabambwe, transported by Mosomoze on a motorcycle, allegedly shot dead John Stephen Owor, who was guarding Mayuge Farmers Association store and stole his gun.

 

On the night of April 23, 2014 Kimbugwe allegedly transported Kabambwe who allegedly shot down Cpl Julius Owor.

In the night of May 7, 2014, Kabambwe was transported on a motorcycle by Kimbugwe and allegedly shot dead Sgt Butala who was guarding Electoral Commission offices at Namayingo. On July 3, 2014 Stephen Macho, a businessman at Matere trading centre, Bugiri district was allegedly waylaid and killed by Kabambwe and Moze.

On September 16, 2012, Abdu Jawadu Sentuga, a businessman at Namayemba in Bugiri, was shot dead.

Robbery

On the night of December 12, 2014 Kabambwe allegedly shot dead security guard Joseph Abura and fled with his gun and 10 rounds of ammunition.

On the night of September 26, 2013 at Budde village in Bigiri district, Muku, Kabambwe, Sgt Tanga Owor (A7) and Abdu Malik (A10) attacked Jawadi Lusala alias Okudum at his residence. They allegedly forced Lusala to surrender Shs 2m, 11 grams of gold valued then at Shs 1m, two mobile phones, and a digital gold weighing scale.

On the night of July 12, 2013, three armed men dressed in army uniforms trailed Mwamadi Magolo, a businessman at Nambuku trading centre, in his Isuzu truck Reg. No. UAK 933X and as he was calling his wife Hajira Nanfuka to open for him, they allegedly kicked him before robbing his Shs 6m and three mobile phones.

Terrorism

Prosecution says it will adduce evidence to show that the alleged murders and robberies were part of a systematic plan agreed upon by the gang and approved by Mukulu to weaken the government and instill fear in the population.

Mukulu was arrested in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania towards the end of April, 2015 with Muhammad Matovu (A26) and Omar Abdullah Mutuka (A27) and extradited to Uganda before he was first charged in Jinja.

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2 months 3 weeks ago

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has told a US audience that peaceful change of power with or without him is inevitable in Uganda.

Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has for the last two weeks been in the USA undergoing specialised medical care following his arrest and beating by soldiers ahead of the Arua municipality by-election last month.

 

While answering questions from Ronnie Mayanja, a US-based Ugandan journalist, during a meeting with other Ugandans at Embassy Suites, Waltham on Sunday, Bobi Wine also denied being sponsored by foreigners.

“The People Power political wind supported by majority of Ugandans is not a Bobi Wine project. I only happen to be one of the oppressed,” he said.

“Provided that we are united, with or without me, peaceful change is inevitable in our country. We cannot go for guns, because we know the problems the people who used them have caused.”

He said though he is afraid of the reception he might receive from the Kampala authorities when he returns, he is ready for anything because “Uganda is my motherland”.

 

“Of course I’m worried, but Uganda is my home; that’s where my family is. That’s where all my people are. I’m worried but 44 million Ugandans are also worried,” he said.

However, a government spokesperson, while responding to Bobi Wine’s remarks, told journalists on Monday that the government has no problem with his coming back.

Bobi Wine has addressed press conferences broadcast on international outlets BBC, Al Jazeera and CNN. He was hosted on Voice of America’s Straight Talk Africa programme last week and also attended a panel discussion at George Washington University on Monday.

On September 11, police and army officers stormed the venue of a meeting in Kamwokya, Kampala intended to organise welcome ceremonies upon the return of Bobi Wine. They confiscated materials and arrested one of the organisers.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said the meeting was illegal. International media have recently reported that Bobi Wine’s lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, is courting US leader Donald Trump’s government to cut off its funding to Uganda, particularly to its defence budget.

He reportedly told a press conference in Washington DC, that the Trump administration could no longer afford to facilitate the unending brutality being meted out on Ugandans by their leaders.

For decades, US government has been training Uganda’s military and providing logistical and financial support in the fight against terrorism.

“We call upon the US to immediately suspend military funding to Uganda and launch an investigation into the use of military equipment to torture Ugandans; time is now for the Americans’ voice to be heard and heard loudly,” said the lawyer who was recently refused entry into Uganda.

 

Uganda government and the UPDF vehemently deny these allegations. Kyagulanyi told international reporters that during his incarceration, he and some of his co-accused were grossly abused.

“There is a person whose back was broken; there was a lady who had just given birth through C-section and was beaten badly. I am sad that the world will never know about them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the European Union Parliament last week issued a warning to the Ugandan government over violation of human rights during and after the Arua municipality by-election.

In a 14-point resolution dated September 13, the EU parliament asked the executive to respect the independence of Parliament and drop “trumped-up charges” against Bobi Wine and other 33 suspects implicated in the Arua fracas.

In reply, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo on Monday told journalists at the Uganda Media Centre that no one can lecture the ruling NRM on human rights.

“Uganda does not need any lectures on human rights... The matters referred to in this resolution such as the threat to the security of the president while in Arua on August 15, the 33 people arrested in connection with this incident including the MPs and the regrettable loss of life of some of the people, are all under investigation by credible and competent arms of the state and overseen by an independent judicial system in Uganda,” Ofwono said.

In its resolution, the EU Parliament said it was deeply concerned by the arrest of opposition MPs, noting that it is vital for Ugandan democracy that President Museveni and his government respect parliament.

EU said MPs should be left to carry out their mandate and government should drop charges against Bob Wine. The parliamentary speaker Rebecca Kadaga recently gave the executive one month to deliver a report on who tortured the MPs and other Ugandans.

Bobi Wine, three colleagues and 30 others are facing treason charges.

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Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine has said preparations for his return from the U.S, where he travelled for specialized treatment following his alleged torture by security personnel last month, are complete.
In a video recording shared on social media Tuesday, Mr Kyagulanyi said he is returning to Uganda to continue with the struggle to have what he described as ‘a better country.’

“I am coming back this Thursday and I encourage citizens to continue struggling for a better Uganda. The people we are scared of are actually very scared of us. They don’t know how to deal with a united group of young people,” Mr Kyagulanyi said dismissing claims that members of his ‘People Power’ movement are violent.

“People Power is not about Bobi Wine but all the people struggling to have a better country. I’m only just one of the more 40 Million Ugandans that continue to suffer. We’re not a group of violent people. We despise violence and are not associated with violent whatsoever. I have been telling you right from the beginning that we should be peaceful but assertive. I know President Museveni and his Lieutenants have tried so much to project us as a violent group so that they can respond to us with violence. Thy have tried to twist everything we say to make it sound like a call for violence,” he added.
However, government on Monday said Mr Kyagulanyi was free to return but should not make it an issue.

“We don't consider Bobi Wine's absence as a much ado. We shall provide, as a government, the usual security and protection guarantees that we provide for all travelers and leaders of his level and if need be to be escorted to his destination. But he should not make his return an issue. By attempting to make it an issue it would appear as if government of Uganda sent him away and is afraid of him returning. His citizenship and rights here are not contested,” government spokesperson Mr Ofwono Opondo told journalists in Kampala on Monday.

2 months 3 weeks ago
Bank of Uganda has responded to the Daily Monitor story headlined "How BOU blew Shs 478 billion in the Crane Bank takeover". Bank of Uganda took over the management of Crane Bank in October 2016 before the bank was sold to a rival bank, DFCU in January 2017. 
 
Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile in a press statement issued today says the blowing of Shs 478 billion story is "seriously misleading." According to Mutebile, claims that Bank of Uganda (BOU) spent Shs 478.8 billion from an undisclosed account in the Central Bank under the cover of liquidity support is erroneous. 
"First, the BOU did not take Shs 478 billion from an "undisclosed account". The BOU provided a loan to Crane Bank and this money came from the BOU's own resources. The BOU is a Central Bank and like any other Central Bank it can create financial assets and liabilities. In this case the BOU created a financial asset (the loan to Crane Bank) which was matched by an equivalent liability (an increase in the money supply)." the statement reads. 

"Secondly, the claim that the BOU spent Shs 478 billion "under the cover of liquidity support" implies that the money was actually used for something else besides liquidity support. In fact, the vast majority of this money - Shs 466 billion - actually was liquidity support. Crane Bank had been losing liquidity for months prior to its takeover by the BOU. 

This was because a large share of its loan portfolio was not being serviced by the borrowers and because customers were losing confidence in the bank and withdrawing their deposits. Between the end of June 2016 and the end of September 2016, Crane Bank's deposits fell by Shs 148 billion."

 
Mutebile says as Crane Bank's liquidity drained away, the bank requested liquidity support from the BOU, before the bank was taken over by BOU.
 
He added that at this point, BOU had two possible courses of action; either to provide liquidity support to Crane Bank or not.
 
"If the BOU had chosen the latter course of action, Crane Bank would have been unable to honour its liabilities. It would not have been able to pay depositors who wanted to withdraw their money from the bank or repay the money it had borrowed from other banks in Uganda through the interbank market."

"In effect Crane Bank would have collapsed. Because Crane Bank was such a large bank, its collapse would have risked chaos in the financial system, possibly causing contagion to other banks and bank runs by depositors. That would have caused a huge amount of economic damage. No responsible Central Bank could allow this to happen. Apart from the Shs 466 billon of liquidity support to Crane Bank, the BOU also spent Shs 12 billion in resolving Crane Bank." 

 

According to the governor, these were expenses that were necessary to ensure that the assets and liabilities of Crane Bank could be transferred to another bank, thereby allowing Crane Bank's customers to continue having access to normal banking services."

 
The Shs 478 billion was a cost of ensuring that Crane Bank did not collapse in a disorderly manner, threatening chaos in the banking system and the wider economy and ensuring that its customers retained access to their deposits and to banking services, Mutebile said. 

In any case, BOU, Mutebile says is recovering the Shs 200 billion of the Shs 478 billion through the sale of assets and purchase of assumption transaction which transferred assets and liabilities of Crane Bank to DFCU Bank.

 
The rest of the money (about Shs 278 billion), according to Mutebile will be recovered from Crane Bank's shareholders, who BOU says were responsible for the bank's huge losses. 
2 months 3 weeks ago

There is a mystery surrounding the whereabouts of two containers recently impounded by the Minerals Protection Police Unit (MPPU) almost two months ago. 

The two containers were impounded near Katuna border along the Rwandan border on August 5, 2018 on suspicion that they being used to transport gold and iron ore from Uganda illegally.

 

Deputy police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango sent out a message inviting journalists on August 16 to witness the opening of the containers at the Spedag Interfreight Uganda offices in Nakawa in Kampala.

However, the media event was called off under clear circumstances and no explanation was given. Since then, no clear information has been given about the contents in the two containers.

According to reliable sources, shortly after the containers were intercepted, their owners reportedly showed up with documents showing that they had been cleared by the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).  

 

Both containers had what appeared like RRA seals. The businessmen also reportedly claimed that they had picked the minerals from Ngororero district in western Rwanda and were in transit to United States of America. However, a month and half later, the containers have been changing hands between police and ministry of Energy, Mineral Development officials.  

A reliable source in the MPPU said that highly placed persons in government have stalled investigations into the source of the containers. 

"Immediately those containers were impounded, phone calls started coming in from every side. The documents containing details of the owner of the containers whom we had found out was a Rwandan national were called by the ministry of Energy," the source said. 

Onyango revealed that the documentation purportedly issued by RRA and URA turned out to be forgeries. 

"Whatever is in those containers was picked from Kabale or Kisoro districts and the clearances of RRA and URA were forged," Onyango said. 

Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima told URN on August 14 that they have never opened the containers and had handed them over to URA. But URA publicist, Herbert Ssempogo denied knowledge of the containers, saying they have never heard about them. 

"I have contacted our enforcement manager and we don't have any such trucks or containers. Let the person who told you we have them show you any documentary proof," Ssempogo said.

A source at the ministry of Energy Directorate of Geology, Survey and Mining (DGSM) said that the containers were opened and samples taken for analysis. 

"The owners of containers got a clearance to export a different mineral, but when they opened, it was found that they had iron ore from Kabale district, which the president had earlier stopped from being exported," the source said.

In 2013, President Museveni banned the exportation of iron ore as a way of encouraging value addition. His position was that the iron should be locally processed and its steel used to feed the steel industry, which relies heavily on imported iron.

The directive also suggested importation of coal from Mozambique to smelt the iron since Uganda doesn't have its own coal. The directive has been largely implemented and only Moses Kamuntu, a Kampala based businessman has written clearance from Museveni to export iron ore.

According to Global Witness, an organisation that monitors the operation of the extractive industry, Kamuntu exports 10,000 tonnes of iron ore monthly. In July 2018, police impounded an estimated 150 tonnes of iron ore that was heading to Kenya.

Records at the ministry of Energy indicate that Uganda has about 200 million tons of proven iron ore while it is believed that there are 500 million more tons underground.

2 months 3 weeks ago

Police officers at all units in Kampala Metropolitan are on high alert ahead of the return of the Kyadondo East member of parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. 

Bobi Wine is expected to return to the country this Thursday afternoon from the United States of America (USA) where he had gone for medical treatment after reportedly being tortured by security operatives. 

 

Since he announced his return date, Kampala Metropolitan regional and divisional commanders have been holding meetings since Monday to plan the deployment plan for policing legislator's return. More than 1,000 people are anticipated to flock Entebbe road to welcome back Bobi who commands a huge following among the youth. 

A source in police said that the meetings resolved to use Anti-riot Police backed by Military Police as the first line of deployment along Entebbe road, Kampala Central Business District, Kamwokya (Bobi's childhood residence) and Kasangati (Bobi's domicile).

The highest level of manpower is to be put on the Kampala-Entebbe highway where people may gather to see Bobi Wine. Police says Bobi Wine hasn't sought any clearance to hold a procession or an assembly in line with the Public Order Management Act (POMA). Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire warned that whoever takes part in the procession will be arrested. 

 

"There’s no clearance whatsoever - but the law is very clear that; if anyone is planning any procession, they should seek clearance from police. And if you don’t get, anything you do after that shall be arrested." said Owoyesigyire. 

Bobi Wine in a video posted on his Facebook, accused government of planning to stir chaos so that they can taint People Power followers as being violent. According to Bobi, some people are printing some 20,000 red People Power t-shirts to be handed to 'state criminals to cause chaos and make it appear that they are his supporters. He said much as People Power encourages assertiveness, its followers detest violence. 
 
Bobi Wine has been in the USA for the last 18 days. He was cleared to travel for medical attention on August 31 after undergoing medical examination to fill a police Form 3 in support of his torture claims against operatives from the Special Force Command (SFC), guards of President Museveni.

The legislator claims that he was brutally tortured during arrest at Hotel Pacific in Arua on the final day of the Arua municipality by-election campaigns. He was arraigned before the General Court Martial sitting in Gulu for illegal possession of firearms, a charge that was later dropped. He was again re-arrested and charged at Gulu Magistrate's court with treason together with 32 other suspects and remanded to prison for one week before being granted bail.

While in the US, Bobi Wine has held several press conferences and appeared on various international television stations and held mass with Ugandans living in Boston.

2 months 3 weeks ago

Police officers at all units in Kampala Metropolitan are on high alert ahead of the return of the Kyadondo East member of parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. 

Bobi Wine is expected to return to the country this Thursday afternoon from the United States of America (USA) where he had gone for medical treatment after reportedly being tortured by security operatives. 

 

Since he announced his return date, Kampala Metropolitan regional and divisional commanders have been holding meetings since Monday to plan the deployment plan for policing legislator's return. More than 1,000 people are anticipated to flock Entebbe road to welcome back Bobi who commands a huge following among the youth. 

A source in police said that the meetings resolved to use Anti-riot Police backed by Military Police as the first line of deployment along Entebbe road, Kampala Central Business District, Kamwokya (Bobi's childhood residence) and Kasangati (Bobi's domicile).

The highest level of manpower is to be put on the Kampala-Entebbe highway where people may gather to see Bobi Wine. Police says Bobi Wine hasn't sought any clearance to hold a procession or an assembly in line with the Public Order Management Act (POMA). Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire warned that whoever takes part in the procession will be arrested. 

 

"There’s no clearance whatsoever - but the law is very clear that; if anyone is planning any procession, they should seek clearance from police. And if you don’t get, anything you do after that shall be arrested." said Owoyesigyire. 

Bobi Wine in a video posted on his Facebook, accused government of planning to stir chaos so that they can taint People Power followers as being violent. According to Bobi, some people are printing some 20,000 red People Power t-shirts to be handed to 'state criminals to cause chaos and make it appear that they are his supporters. He said much as People Power encourages assertiveness, its followers detest violence. 
 
Bobi Wine has been in the USA for the last 18 days. He was cleared to travel for medical attention on August 31 after undergoing medical examination to fill a police Form 3 in support of his torture claims against operatives from the Special Force Command (SFC), guards of President Museveni.

The legislator claims that he was brutally tortured during arrest at Hotel Pacific in Arua on the final day of the Arua municipality by-election campaigns. He was arraigned before the General Court Martial sitting in Gulu for illegal possession of firearms, a charge that was later dropped. He was again re-arrested and charged at Gulu Magistrate's court with treason together with 32 other suspects and remanded to prison for one week before being granted bail.

While in the US, Bobi Wine has held several press conferences and appeared on various international television stations and held mass with Ugandans living in Boston.

2 months 3 weeks ago

Kampala. Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) has awarded three road contracts worth Shs626b that will see the construction of a flyover at Clock Tower on Entebbe Road in Kampala City, tarmacking of Nyendo-Bukakata Road in Greater Masaka region and Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha in Western region.

Ms Allen Kagina, Unra’s executive director, said the contractors of the flyover at Clock Tower have been given three months for mobilisation and construction will start in January next year.
“We are working on the city flyover with [Japan International Cooperation Agency] Jica. We are starting with the first phase of the project,” Ms Kagina said Monday.

The flyover construction is estimated to cost Shs224b.
Ms Kagina said the project is expected not to delay since 65 per cent of land acquisition has been made.
According to the project design, Clock Tower flyover will be half a kilometre long. The road from Shoprite at Queen’s Way will be widened for half a kilometre. There will also be improvements on Nsambya Road, Mukwano Road and part of Ggaba Road. The Jica will also fund the flyover at Kitgum House on Jinja Road, but tendering will be done after an update on it designs next year.

Unra gave the contract to construct Rukungiri-Kihihi-Ishasha Road also dubbed Tourism Road, which is 78.5km, to M/S China Henan International Corporation Group Company Ltd at Shs207b. The road is funded by African Development Bank. According to Ms Kagina, the construction is expected to be completed in three years. The road will connect two districts of Kanungu and Rukungiri.
Construction of Masaka-Bukakata 41km road has been given to M/S The Arab Contractors at Shs195b. The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa and OPEC Fund for International Development are funding the project.
The State Minister for Works, Gen Katumba Wamala, said there have been delays on the procurement of the two road projects due to complaints by whistle-blowers.
“All these delays are due to procurement laws. Some contractors have godfathers. Once they have not got the contracts, they raise dust,” Gen Katumba said.

2 months 3 weeks ago

Dominic Ongwen, the alleged former commander of Lord’s Resistance Army’s powerful Sinia Brigade, is today set to commence defending himself before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over his alleged role in the two-decade war.
Thousands were killed and millions displaced during the insurgency that collapsed communities in northern Uganda.

Ongwen is facing 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which were confirmed in March 2016 following a pre-hearing.
The former LRA commander is expected to commence his defence today at 9am, Hague time.
He will be appearing before a panel of three justices; Judge Bertram Schmitt (lead judge), Peter Kovacs and Raul C. Pangalangan
This follows prosecution’s closure of its case against the suspect in April.

The prosecution team led by Ms Fatou Bensouda, the ICC chief prosecutor, lined a total of 116 witnesses who testified against the former rebel leader.
Among those who testified against Ongwen were senior UPDF and intelligence officers, seven of his forced wives and victims of the war.
Ongwen is on trial for his alleged command role in attacks on four Internally-Displaced People’s (IDP) camps; Pajule, Abok, Lukodi and Odek in Gulu and Oyam districts between July 2002 and December 2005.

The three justices will take a break after listening to Ongwen’s defence, returning with their verdict on whether he is guilty or not.
Uganda turned Ongwen over to the ICC in January 2015 after he surrendered to the UPDF in Central African Republic jungles. He is the only one out of five top LRA commanders indicted by the ICC to face trial.
The group’s overall commander, Joseph Kony, remains at large.

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