The State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem says the revelation has exposed the truth about LRA's alleged Western sponsors, even though when the government made it clear in the past, no one cared to listen.
LRA leader Joseph Kony. Courtesy Photo
The Government has picked
interest in investigating the allegations against a former International
Criminal Court (ICC) official over facilitating and financing the Lord’s
Resistance Army (LRA) rebel leader Joseph Kony.
This comes just two days after Brigid
Inder, a former Special Gender Advisor to former ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bansouda
(2012-2016) was accused by LRA victims through their lawyer Joanna Frivet of
funding the rebel leader between 2006 and 2017.
In a press statement released on
September 21, Frivet revealed that numerous victims of the LRA alleged that Inder who was
the founding Executive Director of Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice
(WIGJ) personally and through intermediaries funded the LRA warlord.
Frivet alleges that witnesses who
were former LRA abductees cite meetings that reportedly happened in the
Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The first meeting reportedly took
place in June 2006 and later others in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013. In each of the
meetings, Inder allegedly handed cash in dollar bills in bags and envelopes to
Inder was also accused of reportedly using the junior staff of her
organization WIGJ in The Hague, Netherlands to transfer large amounts of money
through the Western Union and later picked by LRA members in Juba, South Sudan.
According to the press statement,
Frivet is also accused of human trafficking for sexual slavery after two out of
five women she purportedly took to meet Kony in 2016 in Garamba were forcibly
retained by LRA soldiers. The women who are former “wives” of high-ranking LRA
commanders were identified through a partnership of local NGOs in Northern
Uganda’s Attorney General Kiryowa
Kiwanuka told URN in an interview Friday that the government has been informed
about the allegations and has since commenced the processes of conducting an
“We did receive the information,
the government is going to investigate the matter and has already commenced the
processes,” says Kiwanuka.
He added: “This is a serious
criminal allegation and if found to be correct, the person will be
prosecuted. We shall prosecute the person in accordance with the laws of
He however remained tight-lipped
on whether the government will liaise with the ICC to conduct the
The State Minister for Foreign
Affairs Henry Okello Oryem says the revelation has exposed the truth about LRA's alleged Western sponsors citing that even when the government made it clear in
the past, no one cared to listen.
“The Government and many of us
have for years during the LRA been making it clear that there were Western
sponsors of LRA disguising as NGOs, but nobody listened or they deliberately
choose to be deaf...” says Oryem in a statement shared through WhatsApp.
Oryem says he is happy the truth
is finally out.
“I am happy that today the truth
and nothing else but the truth is finally out...,” says Oryem.
Inder however in a press statement
seen by Uganda Radio Network refuted the allegations describing them as sensational
Inder said she had never met Kony
before or even handed envelopes of money to the fugitive LRA leader
“I have never met Mr. Joseph Kony, I have
never handed Mr. Kony envelopes full of money. I have never trafficked sex
slaves or engaged in any form of trafficking. I have never recruited former
‘wives’ of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commanders to take them to Mr. Kony
in the bush,” Inder’s statement read in part.
Inder also noted that she had
never resourced or engaged in any activities that were intended to support the
military aspirations and conflict-related activities of the LRA.
Efforts to get comments from the
ICC Outreach coordinator for East Africa Maria Mabinty Kamara were futile as
she didn’t reply to our request on the allegations on her official email.
The LRA led by Kony waged a violent rebellion against President Museveni's government from 1987 for two decades resulting in the death of more than 100,000 people and the displacement of 1.5 million people in Northern Uganda.
In 2005, the ICC indicted the fugitive LRA leader
Kony, and four other top commanders including his second-in-command Vincent
Otti, Dominic Ongwen, Okot Odhiambo, and Raska Lukwiya for war crimes in
Cases against Lukwiya and
Odhiambo were withdrawn following their deaths in 2006 and 2013 respectively
while Otti’s death remains unconfirmed. Ongwen however became the first among
the top five indicted to be prosecuted and sentenced to 25 years in prison by the ICC.
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