Exclusive: MP Ayena Picked as Ongwen’s Lawyer At ICC

Government aided Katoke Senior Secondary School in Katoke sub county Kyenjojo district has been closed after a destructive strike.

The students went on rampage on Friday morning protesting the school administration’s policy that required them to tuck in their school uniforms and trim their hair.

It is alleged that the demonstration was instigated by the Senior 2 students who moved in all the classes asking their colleagues to reject the administrators’ policies.

They later turned violent throwing stones onto the classroom glass windows and doors and smashing other school property.

The school head teacher quickly informed police which rushed to the scene to calm the situation.

Kyenjojo District Police Commander Mr.Mbabazi Martin confirmed the incident and said the strike would have been more disastrous if not quelled in time.

DPC strongly condemned the students’ indiscipline and blamed it on their parents’ upbringing.

Mr.Mbabazi said that the school had been closed till Monday 2nd March 2015 when the students will report with their children.
The Oyam north county Member of Parliament, order Krispus Ayena Odongo has finally been chosen among the over 7, 000 lawyers worldwide who asked to represent the former Lord`s Resistance Army deputy commander, Maj. Gen. Dominic Ongwen.


Sources at the Hague`s based court revealed to this reporter that Ayena was first provisionally chosen as Ongwen`s defense lawyer in early January 2015 and subsequently scrutiny into his professional undertakings and personality started immediately.

The exhaustive 38 days scrutiny in comparison with other over 7,000 applicants finally zeroed on Ayena in mid-February and Ayena was officially written to on the 20th of the same month to prepare for a nearly lifetime opportunity to fly to the Hague to represent Ongwen at the World`s court.

“We received overwhelming applications across the globe from over 7,000 lawyers with track record of international assignments starting when Ongwen was just transferred here. In January we provisionally picked a Ugandan lawyer, Ayena Chrispus who had represented the LRA before in another forum. He succeeded at the end and is the one going to be the Ongwen`s defense lawyer.”  A source at ICC who asked not to be named said.

ChimpReports can also exclusively reveal that the Ayena`s visa to The Hague is being finalized and anytime the former LRA representative is yet again going to make another representation at a higher stage.

When contacted on phone on Saturday afternoon, Ayena confirmed the development but first asked how we got the information.

“Am wondering how you guys got the information but it is true the World tribunal has chosen me among very many lawyers. I only give thanks to my people who prayed for me.” Ayena said on phone on Saturday.

Ongwen surrendered to the United States special military and African Union forces in Central African Republic late last year and was consequently transferred to ICC now facing war crimes and crimes against humanity charges.


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