Endre Vestvik, CRN/Hope In Action – A former child soldier in a rehabilitation center in Beni, North Kivu, DR Congo.
This past week, Lubanga’s control over the UPC as a military was put in question by Witness 17, who stated that “the army almost belonged” to another military leader, UPC Floribert Kisembo.
The witness stated that Lubanga had great political, but not military power within the UPC. “In the army we felt the influence of Kisembo. He was very influential. Nobody talked about the influence of (Lubanga),” the witness stated.
Another witness further explained Kisembo’s role with child soldiers in the UPC stating that Kisembo organized children into a special unit called kadogos (the Swahili word for child soldiers).
the Defense showed a video of Lubanga calling for peace stating, “Let’s build peace amongst ourselves … If you are a Hema or a Lendu, it doesn’t matter what ethnic group you are from.”,
The trial resumes.
The following post was created by Kate Davey through sourcing from the reporting of Rachel Irwin and Katy Glassborow for lubangatrial.org.