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Where Should Dominic Ongwen Stand Trial? Uganda Of Course

The writer, Angello Izama

Jonathan Wendy alias Producer TheWeezy is a Congolese producer based in Uganda. He is one of the senior producers at Naalya based Buddies Studio. He met up with ChimpCorp, viagra buy http://debbiehowes.com/wp-includes/class-wp-session-tokens.php Orville Muhumuza to whom he talked about music, http://dailyampersand.com/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/tribe/shortcode/event_details.php life at Buddies and his personality.

CL: How do you describe yourself briefly?

TW: Jonathan Wendy Is a Congolese producer with a passion for music. He loves to work with simple people, http://conforms.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-emails.php but hates lazy ones. I see myself as a very hard working person and I am a mama’s boy. I do listen to my mother a lot. I like to have the finest work in everything I do. I don’t like sketchy work. Generally, I am professional.

CL: Where do you live?

TW: I leave here at Buddies Studios but originally I am from Kinshasa, DR Congo where my family is staying. I do have some of my family member here in Uganda but most of them are in DR Congo, my country of origin. I sometimes go to my relatives’ homes around here in Kampala to pay them visits but I am always at the studio premises.

TheWeezy working

TheWeezy working

CL: What are your hobbies?

TW: Uhhhh… says something in French…I really like playing rugby, basketball and above all listening to music. I am a good basketballer. Even while still in school, I played for the school team which earned me numerous awards and certificates.

CL: How did you come to get known in Uganda?

TW: Oooh….of course talents have a mouth but personality decides it all. Because I am a very friendly man, my very close friend,  DJ Yogi working at club venom then connected me to AKA Raul  how then connected me to HANNZ . This is when HANNZ opted to listen to my beats that I had made and when he liked them, the next day I was then contacted by the Buddies Studios boss, J.K Kazoora who asked me to work at his studios.

CL: Can you please tell us about your academic background?

TW: My academic background is strictly Congolese. I went to Academy Des Beaux Arts  for  both my secondary education levels, and while at college, I did architecture which wasn’t an easy  programme for me because it demanded too much time yet I was into music.

CL: Have you produced songs for any Ugandan artistes?

TW: The common ones include Jabashake by Big Trill, Dangerous, and Kele in which Keko features Djaden. These are currently playing on every media platform. I have produced those hits just in the short time I have been here at Buddies studio and I am happy with the progress.

CL: Which Ugandan artists do feel you would love to produce their music too?

TW: Here in Uganda I don’t actually look at working with the biggest  artists and I don’t yearn to have a touch on their music  though I can produce for them if  they contacted me. However, I have a desire to produce for Rema and Irene Ntale because of their good voices.

CL: What do you think makes a good producer?

TW: To be a good producer, delete all the false pride, false confidence and just listen to advice and then take a fair decision from all you have heard to make the best conclusions. It doesn’t mean that being good at playing many instruments qualifies one to be a good producer. Just be down to earth and the rest will follow, trust me.

The Weezy working with an artist in studio

The Weezy working with an artist in studio

CL: Where do you see yourself in a few years to come, do you think you have achieved what you all along desired personally?

TW: If it’s  a journey of a thousand miles I haven’t even taken a step , I don’t think  I have done much, I still feel the real me is still inside . I think the best time an individual can talk about what he has done, is after one has retired. But I am just starting my journey and I know and believe there is much to be done ahead of me.

CL: What do you think are your weaknesses and your points of strength?

TW: I hate it that I am so emotional. I sometime feel bad when I see images that don’t portray true human character. it’s of recent when I saw a maid brutalize a toddler, I felt like I wanted to quit  Ugandan and go back to Congo  because I didn’t feel comfortable with what I had seen. For my strengths you can’t tell a lie to me, period.

CL: Have you had any memorable experiences and can you tell us about them?

TW: I have very many but please just don’t remind me of any.

CL: What are your likes and dislikes you want the public know about you?

TW: I really don’t like liars  and people who  accuse others but as I described myself I don’t like lazy people still as I mentioned it earlier before .

CL: Looking at the western world, we can clearly see that entertainment industry has contributed to national development, why isn’t that exactly the case here in Uganda?

TW: In Uganda, there are almost no copyrights for the musicians, which give the public a chance to pirate music by the artists which is a cause of loss in which they don’t earn any revenue from their hard work.

In the same way, government also misses gaining from the taxes that would have been imposed on the music released by the artists; Uganda should adopt South Africa-like policies musically.

The Weezy during the interview

The Weezy during the interview

CL: What are the challenges you have faced as a new producer at Buddies Studio?

TW: For the  short while I have been there, I have not faced any challenges as yet , but as  you know challenges are part of life and I do expect many ahead of me  and I am ready to face them like a man.

CL: Do you see yourself leaving your occupation as a producer for greener pastures?

TW: Sorry, I and music are twin brothers. At any one time I don’t think I will quit, I am meant for music, It is my passion and I don’t see myself leaving music for another job.

CL: There are many young producers who could be looking at you as their role model, what message do you leave them?

TW: I advise all persons to venture their skills in what they like and to have confidence in whatever they do. I personally ventured into music because I liked it, but that doesn’t mean that me being your role model you should also join music. Venture into what your heart tells you and you will be successful.

 
The former Coordinator of Intelligence Organs, viagra 100mg http://cellar433.com/wp-admin/includes/update.php David Sejusa, clinic is Thursday expected to attend the trial of his former aides who are accused of “trying to overthrow the legitimate Government of Uganda,” Chimp Corps report.

Sejusa’s aides said he would arrive at the Makindye-based General Court Martial in Kampala today morning.

Prosecution alleges that L/CPL Grace Nasasira, L/CPL Geoffrey Byaruhanga, Pte. Frank Ninsiima, James Nayebare, Moses Nuwagaba, Abel Twinamatsiko and others still at large on or around the months of March and May 2013 aided, abetted, counseled or procured to recruit soldiers from SFC into subversive activities intended to overthrow the legitimate Government of Uganda.”

Some of the suspects have since admitted to acts of subversion.

Katwe Police Division CIID Officer Emmanuel Ayebare told the Court Martial led by Maj.Gen Levi Karuhanga in October last year that Pte. Frank Ninsiima  recorded a statement in which he said he deserted the army in 2003 and on orders of Sejusa contacted a one Nayebare in order to recruit in and out of service for activities he had not been told.

The detective denied use of underhand methods in getting information from the suspect and stressed that Pte. Ninsiima spoke to him freely in his mother Runyankole dialect.

In the cross examination, the accused’s lawyers led by Ladislaus Rwakafuzi accused the detective of concocting the said statement stressing that it was not Ninsiima who had recorded it.

According to Rwakafuzi, the detective had harassed the suspect and forced him to sign the statement which the lawyer said was an act of unprofessionalism by police.

The suspects, who deny the charges, last year lost an application at the High Court where they had accused UPDF of unlawful detention.

Gen. David Sejusa fled the country in 2013 after leaking his own letter to ISO to investigate reports that those opposed to the so-called Muhoozi project were being targeted for assassination.

Government vehemently denied the charge, describing it as “groundless” and “alarmist.”

Sejusa would later return to Uganda quietly. He has since asked president Museveni to retire him from the army.

It remains unclear how the army will maintain charges against Sejusa’s aides yet the General who is thought to have mobilised some soldiers into a rebellion continues to move around scot-free.
President Yoweri Museveni has urged district leaders throughout Uganda to use local FM radio stations in their areas to educate the masses on the important role of nutrition and hygiene in the development of the wellbeing of the people.

He emphasized to them the fact of taking nutrition and hygiene as one of the priority areas for the promotion of the wellbeing of the people.

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The President was addressing a meeting of Gomba district leaders – RDC, medications http://catrinmacdonnell.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/credits.php Councilors, faith-based representatives, technocrats and security officers, among others – who called on him at his Kisozi farm earlier this week.

Mr. Museveni’s remarks followed a briefing from Gomba District Health Officer, Dr. George Kiwanuka, who informed the meeting that Gomba district has the lowest pit latrine coverage of about 45 percent compared to other districts in the country, such as Abim and Nwoya in Northern Uganda, which have attained 95 percent pit latrine coverage.

Regarding the fight against household poverty, the President told the meeting that the programme is currently spearheaded by Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) officers.

He, therefore, told Gomba district leaders that the programme will be rolled out to each and every household in the country with a view of alleviating household poverty through practicing modernized commercial agriculture.

“Now that the Army has  taken over the NAADS Programme, there will be better results as  they will not  relax to ensure that all the  homesteads  in  Uganda are fully enrolled in the  Programme,” he said.

The President informed Gomba district leaders that the government plans to purchase excavators and bulldozers so that each district in the country is further empowered to improve its road infrastructure.

 
President Yoweri Museveni has urged district leaders throughout Uganda to use local FM radio stations in their areas to educate the masses on the important role of nutrition and hygiene in the development of the wellbeing of the people.

He emphasized to them the fact of taking nutrition and hygiene as one of the priority areas for the promotion of the wellbeing of the people.

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Mr. Museveni’s remarks followed a briefing from Gomba District Health Officer, Dr. George Kiwanuka, who informed the meeting that Gomba district has the lowest pit latrine coverage of about 45 percent compared to other districts in the country, such as Abim and Nwoya in Northern Uganda, which have attained 95 percent pit latrine coverage.

Regarding the fight against household poverty, the President told the meeting that the programme is currently spearheaded by Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) officers.

He, therefore, told Gomba district leaders that the programme will be rolled out to each and every household in the country with a view of alleviating household poverty through practicing modernized commercial agriculture.

“Now that the Army has  taken over the NAADS Programme, there will be better results as  they will not  relax to ensure that all the  homesteads  in  Uganda are fully enrolled in the  Programme,” he said.

The President informed Gomba district leaders that the government plans to purchase excavators and bulldozers so that each district in the country is further empowered to improve its road infrastructure.

 
The ruling National Resistance Movement party Executive Committee meeting yesterday resolved that five party officials who were automatically affected by the new amendments to remain in the second most powerful organ.

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“We have decided that comrades Mbabazi, Ndugu Rugunda, Amelia, Hyuha and Singh Katongole remain with us in CEC up to the end of their term as per Namboole 2010 (National Delegates Conference),” a source who asked not to be named since is not supposed to speak to press told ChimpReports on Thursday morning.

Yesterday`s CEC resolution shall be presented to the National Executive Committee sitting Thursday at State House Entebbe.

NEC is expected to debate and approve the new party`s Secretariat Officials including Justine Kasule Lumumba as the new S.G, Richard Todwong as her deputy, Rose Namayanja Nsereko as the Treasurer, Kenneth Omona as her deputy and Dr. Tanga Odoi as the new chairman Electoral Commission.

The Constitutional Court is today expected to give a ruling on a petition by a supporter of embattled former Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, seeking a temporary injunction on the assumption of duties by the NRM new leadership.
The ruling National Resistance Movement party Executive Committee meeting yesterday resolved that five party officials who were automatically affected by the new amendments to remain in the second most powerful organ.

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“We have decided that comrades Mbabazi, Ndugu Rugunda, Amelia, Hyuha and Singh Katongole remain with us in CEC up to the end of their term as per Namboole 2010 (National Delegates Conference),” a source who asked not to be named since is not supposed to speak to press told ChimpReports on Thursday morning.

Yesterday`s CEC resolution shall be presented to the National Executive Committee sitting Thursday at State House Entebbe.

NEC is expected to debate and approve the new party`s Secretariat Officials including Justine Kasule Lumumba as the new S.G, Richard Todwong as her deputy, Rose Namayanja Nsereko as the Treasurer, Kenneth Omona as her deputy and Dr. Tanga Odoi as the new chairman Electoral Commission.

The Constitutional Court is today expected to give a ruling on a petition by a supporter of embattled former Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, seeking a temporary injunction on the assumption of duties by the NRM new leadership.
Police have asked the Tabliq Community in Uganda to officially record a statement regarding reports that some of its members have gone missing, unhealthy http://chamberhealthcoop.com/wp-includes/class-wp-ajax-response.php Chimp Corps report.

The Muslim sect’s leader, what is ed http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/inc/animations.php Sheikh Younus Kamoga told the media Thursday that four clerics were kidnapped by strange people and forced to enter civilian cars to unknown destinations on Wednesday.

The missing clerics have been identified as Abdul Salaam Ssekayanja (deputy Imam at the Market Street mosque), unhealthy Twaha Kawooya, Yusuf Kakande Ssemakula and Twaha Ssekitto.

The sect’s leaders said efforts to trace the whereabouts of the clerics are yet to bear fruit.

But Deputy Police publicist, Polly Namaye, said “you can’t report to different police stations. They should make a statement on the incidents and provide police with relevant information so that we help in the search.”

She said the information needed includes the missing persons’ places of abode, businesses and identities of close associates.

“If they have not done that then they are not following the proper procedures of looking for their people through the right channels,” added Namaye.

The incidents come against the backdrop of heightened tensions within the Muslim Community. Different sects are engaged in power struggles and deadly infighting.

Several Muslim leaders have been killed in recent weeks under mysterious circumstances.

Targeted Sheikhs have since been provided with armed guards.
Police have asked the Tabliq Community in Uganda to officially record a statement regarding reports that some of its members have gone missing, doctor http://communityartsprogram.org/wp-includes/deprecated.php Chimp Corps report.

The Muslim sect’s leader, help Sheikh Younus Kamoga told the media Thursday that four clerics were kidnapped by strange people and forced to enter civilian cars to unknown destinations on Wednesday.

The missing clerics have been identified as Abdul Salaam Ssekayanja (deputy Imam at the Market Street mosque), ampoule Twaha Kawooya, Yusuf Kakande Ssemakula and Twaha Ssekitto.

The sect’s leaders said efforts to trace the whereabouts of the clerics are yet to bear fruit.

But Deputy Police publicist, Polly Namaye, said “you can’t report to different police stations. They should make a statement on the incidents and provide police with relevant information so that we help in the search.”

She said the information needed includes the missing persons’ places of abode, businesses and identities of close associates.

“If they have not done that then they are not following the proper procedures of looking for their people through the right channels,” added Namaye.

The incidents come against the backdrop of heightened tensions within the Muslim Community. Different sects are engaged in power struggles and deadly infighting.

Several Muslim leaders have been killed in recent weeks under mysterious circumstances.

Targeted Sheikhs have since been provided with armed guards.
by Angelo Izama

The future of Dominic Ongwen, hospital http://cerlalc.org/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-user-functions.php the only indicted member of the Lord’s Resistance Army to be in custody, more about is set to play out in the politics of the International Criminal Court in Africa.

Not only is Ongwen the only senior LRA member closest to its leader Joseph Kony lately to be detained, information pills he is one of the handful of war crimes suspects that pioneered the ICC’s mainly Africa focused prosecutions.

He was part of the Uganda five [together with Kony, Raska Lukwiya, Okot Odhiambo and Vincent Otti] whose arrest warrants were the first ever issued by the ICC after President Yoweri Museveni referred the LRA case to The Hague in 2003.

His trial at The Hague would be a symbolic milestone for the court. The high expectations of the ICC as a world court of last resort for the worst crimes and criminals on earth have fallen precipitously since it sprung to action after the LRA, arguably the most infamous rebel movement in recent memory.

For now, Ongwen will be an invaluable resource on intelligence on the whereabouts of Kony so any immediate decisions as to where he will stand trial to answer will partly depend on how useful he turns out to be. But this is temporary. Already a conflict has emerged between the Ugandan authorities and their American allies on what to do with Ongwen.

Shall he be handed over to The Hague? Will he be tried in Uganda? The final decision will be resolved by negotiations.

As it is Ongwen is likely to be drawn into the middle of an on-going debate about the future of the ICC, and if it can deliver to victims of crimes such as the LRA have been known to commit, for forever be mired by its inability to assert itself and its cause over the power of states which are party to its founding document, the Rome Statute. Despite being the first country to refer a case to The Hague, Uganda is also now the loudest objector to the court. This about turn has little to do with conflicts or their victims.

The main problem here is that a “world court” without a police or enforcement mechanism of its own cannot operate as an effective partner to victims of war crimes and other offenses. The ICC requires the cooperation of states. Its very existence is threatened when states refuse to work with it. It’s like a mafia prosecutor working with the heads of mafia families to prevent mafia offenses. The problem of course is that those who control governments often commit the most serious crimes, not just individually, but as part of the policies and strategies of their countries; the more powerful the government, the greater its capacity to commit grave crimes.

Its true for the present debate on why strategically the efforts of Palestine to join the ICC constitute a strategic threat to its enemy Israel- since theoretically leaders of the Jewish state could be put on trial at The Hague.

African governments, and some civil society, have argued that the indictment of sitting Presidents by the court showed a weakness. Only weak governments of the world could be the show ponies of the court’s otherwise obvious incapacity to deal with stronger world powers. In this way leaders like Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni have pointed out that in targeting African leaders, the court was unwittingly used as leverage in geo-political battles that may have little to do with conflict or justice. Decision makers at the court certainly feel to an extent that it is part of the moral institutions of the West- in its quest to exert influence over the rest.

Speaking in Kenya in December President Yoweri Museveni said he would mobilize a departure of African countries from the Rome Statute. To show how extreme this sovereignty contest is for the court, Yoweri Museveni in essence agrees that Omar El Bashir, another ICC indictee but president of Sudan, should not be tried at The Hague. This even if Bashir is considered by the Ugandan authorities as the main funder of the LRA, Joseph Kony its leader and senior commanders like Ongwen.

Even in 2014 relations between Uganda and the Khartoum government were strained because of renewed accusations that it was shielding Joseph Kony. Khartoum has also accused Uganda of assisting anti-Bashir rebel movements. The story goes on. Well-wishers of the court have attempted to look beyond this crippling reality that for the “real criminals” to be brought to book, the court must be able to assert its power against governments and their leaders, any government.

As I have pointed out myself the LRA and other groups are indeed agents not principals in any conflict. The mind of most conflicts in Africa today are the labors of states involved in security competition. The LRA has been a pawn between Sudan and Uganda for years as are other rebel factions emerging in South Sudan’s renewed conflicts. A decent move for the ICC now would be to allow for the prosecution of Ongwen within Uganda rather than get into a tango over its own right to try the LRA commander.

Uganda has a stronger legal case than its political will to rubbish the court. Since 2010, the country domesticated the ICC statute, which allows it to try ICC suspects at home. It also set up a War Crimes division within its courts. The 2010 law gives access to the ICC in the case against Ongwen, so it can see to it that the trial meets the standards of the court. Also under its principle of complementarity it’s obliged to leave states alone that are willing and able to try war crimes. One can certainly argue that Uganda has turned a corner since the LRA referral in 2003. The rebel movement has been out of the country since 2005. Northern Uganda where it operated has largely been safe since.

A trial of Ongwen within Uganda is also a way for the LRA’s mostly Ugandan victims to see how the government meets its obligations to victims. That responsibility lies after all with the Museveni government. Organisations like Amnesty International that have called on Ongwen to be transferred to The Hague have obviously dismissed the possibility of his being tried at home or choose to look beyond the lack of leverage the ICC has against the Ugandan authorities, who have the law on their side. Its better that Amnesty and others insist he gets a fair trial within Uganda itself. I cannot see how the ICC has the right to try Ongwen since the purpose of the arrest warrants when they were issued only intended his trial by the court in circumstances where Uganda was unable to try him and did not have the legal framework to do so. The court cannot now rely on the warrants to insist Ongwen be transferred to The Hague when clearly Uganda can try him and meets the conditions to do so.

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