UPC: Ongwen Must Face Full Wrath of the Law

Eskom Uganda has announced the appointment of Mr. Mohammed Mahsen as Technical Manager of the power generation organisation.

Until now, about it Mohammed, information pills worked as Maintenance Manager at LaFarge East Africa’s Bamburi Cement in Mombasa, pill Kenya.

Eskom Uganda Corporate Affairs Manager, Simon P. Kasyate told Chimpreports Wednesday, “this appointment is in line with our continuous quest to meet our core obligation of operating and maintaining the two government-owned hydro power stations of Nalubaale and Kiira.”

He further stated that as a mechanical engineer, Mohammed brings with him over a dozen years of experience in maintenance engineering, stock controlling, project management and planning, contract management, quality management system (ISO 9001:2000) and Loss Prevention Systems (LPS).

Mohammed has worked for Lafarge East Africa – the region’s biggest cement manufacturer in three East African states – in different capacities and possesses “proven track record in formulating equipment maintenance strategies while adhering to best practices, delivering results and successfully using the network of experts to find solutions to plant problems,” said Kasyate.

The new technical manager was further described as a “a team oriented people manager with the ability to motivate others in achieving individual and company objectives.”

“Born in Uganda 39 years ago, Mohammed has had an illustrious academic and professional career from which Eskom Uganda Limited is proud to tap.”

Eskom Uganda was incorporated on 22nd November 2002 and commenced operations on 1st April 2003. Eskom Uganda Limited (EUL) is a subsidiary company of Eskom Enterprises (Proprietary) Limited- South Africa, the investment arm of Eskom Holdings Ltd; the leading electricity generation company in Africa.
Al-Merrikh Sporting Club (a Sudanese football club based in Omdurman, approved have spoken to Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) FC about midfielder Micheal Birungi.


The 23-year-old has come through Ugandan side UTODA’s youth ranks and now an established regular at Lugogo Stadium. Birungi’s strike against the continental giants was not enough for KCCA as they lost 2-1 to in a club friendly in Khartoum.  Coming off the bench, ampoule Birungi put up a gallant man-of-the-match performance.

The Makerere University student is now a subject of a US$ 10,000 bid which the local topflight league champions deem little and are pushing for three times the fee. Ex-KCCA and Uganda Cranes goalie Jamal Salim is also playing for Al-Merrikh.

The league champions will represent Uganda in the Caf Champions League and have already lost another star winger in Brian Majwega to Tanzania’s Azam FC.
Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has accused the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) of hatching a plan to use the former LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen’s trial to cover crimes committed by UPDF  in Northern Uganda.

“We find it very tricky that Government of Uganda is so anxious to hire and pay lawyers to defend Ogwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC), recipe ” noted UPC vice president, Joseph Bossa.

Bossa said it beats everyone’s understanding when the Ugandan government which filed a case in the ICC against LRA leaders is now coming up to defend the very perpetrators that it complained against.

“The only answer we can point at is that NRM wants to use this case to cover up its atrocities it committed in Northern Uganda,” Bossa told journalists at a weekly press briefing at the party headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference last week, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem said “government is willing to fully cooperate with the ICC in all forms and manner including giving them access to witnesses and anything else they may require.”

He further stated Ongwen shall be availed with lawyers of his choice.

“This is important because he was abducted as a child and so the ICC should take this into consideration while trying and sentencing him,” reiterated Oryem.

However, Kampala-based Lawyer Peter Magelah says the Rome statute the ICC pays for defence lawyers and for the prosecution.

“Second it is rather strange for the complainant (government) to pay legal fees for the person they are accusing,” he added.

Bossa urged the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal wounds of the Northern region war.

“The commission should bring up all Ugandans both the victims and perpetrators to reveal their involvement in the evils that have been committed in the country so as to fully cause reconciliation among Ugandans,” added the party spokesperson, Okello Lucima.

Lucima called upon Acholi religious and cultural leaders to stop arguing about the use of Mato Oput, a traditional system of reconciliation that involves forgiveness and compensation of losses, against Ongwen.

“Mato Oput courts were set up to solve inter-family and intra-family conflicts but not war crimes that were committed by Ogwen,” Lucima said.

He added that despite Ogwen being a victim of the LRA since he was captured at the age of 10, he must face the due justice before the ICC and if found guilty, he must serve his sentence.

Abducted as a small child by the LRA northern Uganda, Ongwen had grown to command the rebel group’s Sinia Brigade, which has been blamed for some of the worst atrocities committed by the LRA.

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