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    ICC Hands Ongwen 25 Years Sentence…



    Convicted warlord Dominic Ongwen

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) on has sentenced former Uganda’ warlord Dominic Ongwen to 25 years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    The former child soldier who became a commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was convicted in February of 61 crimes including rape, sexual enslavement, child abductions, torture and murder.

    “Dominic Ongwen fully intended all of these crimes. He played a key role in their commission, he participated in the planning and personally took part in it. It was he who decided to launch the attacks, he selected the fighters and issued the specific instructions ahead of each attack,” the ruling said.

    Ongwen was abducted as a 9-year-old schoolboy by the LRA.

    His case is the first at the ICC to involve a perpetrator and victim of the same war crimes.

    Court considered ‘tremendous suffering’

    “I am before this international court with so many charges, and yet I am the first victim of child abduction. What happened to me, I do not even believe happened to Jesus Christ,” Ongwen said.

    Prosecutors had sought a lower sentence than the maximum 30 years to life allowed by the ICC considering his trauma.

    He was “a perpetrator who willfully brought tremendous suffering upon his victims, however, also a perpetrator who himself has previously endured extreme suffering at the hands of the group of which he later became a prominent member and leader,” Presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt said.

    The LRA was particularly notorious for its use of child soldiers.

    The group, led by Joseph Kony, subjected northern Uganda to a reign of terror for more than two decades before withdrawing to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.


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    Police Arrests Over 1,000 In One Night Over Breaching SOPs…



    A total of 1,100 suspects have been arrested and over 50 motor vehicles have been impounded by Police.

    This, after the territorial Police in Kampala Metropolitan conducted an operation last night with an aim of enforcing Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures.

    Asp Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy PRO KMP has said the aim was to raid bars that have been working in total disregard of the Ministry of Health guidelines.

    The suspects were arrested from different bars around Kampala Metropolitan Area.

    “Bars are not yet opened. Police will not hesitate to arrest any suspects found violating stipulated guidelines,” Owoyesigyire warned.

    All suspects arrested will be produced in courts of law on offences of doing a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease.

    Owoyesigyire on behalf of Police has urged members of the public to observe standard operating procedures, like wearing masks in public places and sanitizing, to avoid contracting Coronavirus or spreading it to others.


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    Businessman Shot Dead By 2 Men In Police Jackets On Boda Boda…



    Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen riding on a boda boda shot dead a businessman in Lwengo district. This comes two days after unknown assailants ‘showered’ the vehicle of the former chief of defense forces (CDF) General Katumba Wamala, killing his daughter, Brenda Wamala Nantongo, and driver Haruna Kayondo. Katumba survived with two bullet wounds to his shoulders.

    Zayire Matovu, a prominent coffee dealer in Lwengo district met his death on Wednesday at around 9pm at Kanku village in Kiwangala parish in Kisseka sub-county on their way home with his brother, Morris Kato.

    The two were driving in a Toyota Premio vehicle, registration number UAM 120N when the two gunmen wearing police jackets and on a boda boda shot at their vehicle several times, according to eyewitnesses.

    Matovu died instantly while his brother Kato survived with injuries and was rushed to hospital before being transferred to Mulago Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

    Lwengo district police commander Peter Akampurira said that they have no clue on the murder yet but the manhunt for the assailants is on.


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    We Shall Force You To Obey COVID19 Rules, Police Warns After Arresting Over 2000…



    Police spokesperson Fred Enanga

    Uganda Police has arrested over 2000 people within one week in the course of implemeting COVID-19 guidelines.

    All Police Territorial Commanders have become more punitive in their approach to COVID-19 infractions, continuing to punish offenders with fines, penalties and charges as one way of bringing the epidemic under control.

    In the course of the week 445 motor vehicles and 2,088 motorcycles were impounded for violating the curfew timings. A total of 2124 suspects were also arrested for flouting the health SOPs and curfew timings. They are set to appear in court.

    “As you are all aware, we are into the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is more deadly and devastating. It is worse than the first wave, since it is more transmissible and affecting young people including children this time round,” Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said before adding that;

    “For instance during the course of last week, 1390 new cases were registered, within two days of 27th – 228th May, 2021.  The most affected areas being Kampala, Wakiso, Moroto, Tororo, Luwero, Kalungu, Mbarara, Kibuku and Iganga among others.”

    This according to the health experts is being attributed to people during complacent and less cautious. Due to the lockdown fatigue the majority have gone back to the old normal of having large wedding parties, large congregations in worships centres, sporting events, markets, arcades, being transported at 100% capacity in buses, taxis and on bodaboda, going to bars, without taking precautions as they go unmasked and do not observe physical distance. The other danger is our young adults, think the situation has returned to normal, whereas not.

    “When issues of non-compliance due to behavioural fatigue, put our country as risk, there are enforcement measures in place to help protect the health and safety of Ugandans, Enanga cautioned, reiterating that as a result, Police is now focusing enforcement efforts on high risk settings to minimize the risk of the virus super spreading.

    The areas include public transport of buses, taxis, bodabodas, arcades, markets, schools, malls, restaurants, retail shops in trading centres, congregations at worships centres, weddings, bars operating illegally etc.

    Enanga urged all Ugandans and visitors that everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of the virus.

    “Enforcement is only one component. We hope the vaccination exercise which has begun to pick-up, will play a big part in controlling the wave of this pandemic,” the Police Spokesperson said.


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