Today Thursday is eight days since Krispus Ayena Odongo, a senior Lawyer representing former warlord Dominic Ongwen at the ICC – Netherlands remains under prison detention.
Ayena – the former Oyam North MP for one term, and an aspirant to retain his seat in 2016 general elections, lost his seat in a contest of “men”.
Notable men he stood with included Col. (Rtd) P. Charles Okello Engola Macodwogo (current MP), Willy Omodo Omodo, George Ojwang Opota, among others.
Unconvinced with poll’s outcomes, Ayena went to Lira Court, challenging, among other issues, academic qualifications of Defense State Minister, Macodwogo.
In that Court case, seeking nullification of Okello’s victory, Ongwen’s Lawyer lost – with Court tagging ‘huge price on his neck’.
Following his cruel arrest (as activists now call) and remand for days to Lira government prison for failing to pay an election petition court award of Uganda shillings 73m to Minister Okello Engola, TND News brings out another perspective.
Ayena is one of the Lawyers from Lango sub-region who questioned how over 70 billion shillings meant for compensating Lango who lost their animals was spent.
Using his company, Lango War and Reparation Agency (LAWARA), Ayena mobilised, registered people whose animals and property were looted during the insurgency.
Also, through LAWARA, not only Ayena wanted accountability of billions given to Alex Basaasha and Company Advocates for Lango cattle compensation but also, demanded for fresh registration, and validation of victims in “open space”.
Whereas his arrest and continued detention was linked to failing to pay Minister Macodwogo as per Court’s verdict, Ayena’s friends and relatives disagree.
“It’s a conspiracy, malicious arrest of a man known internationally and the arrest meant to ‘compromise his minds never to talk about Lango animals”, a relative told us.
Another source who spoke to TND News Thursday on condition of anonymity also believes that his current works at the ICC could be another cause of his unwarranted detention.
Asked on his understanding of the matter, the former Oyam County South MP, Ishaa Otto Amiza who is also Ayena’s cousin declined to comment.
Pressed harder on the matter, Mr. Otto briefly told TND News: “This is a matter of life and death. I will respond comprehensively at a later date”
Over the years, issues surrounding Lango cattle compensation attracted wild concerns even from natives in the diasporas, many of whom have continued to demand government’s clear stand on the matter.
In quest of demanding for accountability on how compensation was done, some activists, media houses, and social media media platforms were threatened with legal actions and intimidation.
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