LRA’s Joseph Kony ‘Predicted Ebola Virus’

LRA Commander Joseph Kony

The trial of Dominic Ongwen continued on Monday 21 August, with the continuation of the testimony of the 27th Prosecution witness.

Witness P-0245 is testifying via video-link and with the protection measures of face distortion, the usage of a pseudonym and limited recourse to private session.

On this third day of testimony, most parts were heard in private sessions.

Thus, the examination-in-chief, led by OTP Trial Lawyer Pubudu Sachithanandan, was mostly held in private session.

Back in public, Witness P-0245 was cross-examined by Defence Lawyer Thomas Obhof.

In answering questions regarding the spiritual powers presumably possessed by Kony, the witness confirmed that Kony was possessed by spirits and even predicted the Ebola virus.

“Kony said that the disease would come and kill a lot of people but the LRA going to Uganda would not be affected,” described Witness P-0245.

in 2001, the Ebola outbreak occurred in the Gulu, Masindi, and Mbarara districts of Uganda.

The three greatest risks associated with virus infection were attending funerals of case-patients, having contact with case-patients in one’s family, and providing medical care to case-patients without using adequate personal protective measures.

The trial in the case of Dominic Ongwen continues today, Tuesday 22 August, with the continuation of the testimony of the 27th Prosecution witness, Witness P-0245.


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