Friday, 18 January 2013

Obama signs law that places cash reward for Kony arrest
Obama signs law that places cash reward for Kony arrest

US President Barack Obama
By Raymond Baguma

US President Barack Obama has assented to an amended law which places a cash reward for whoever arrests the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony and his top commanders.

The “Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act of 2012,” was introduced in February last year by the representative from California Ed Royce, who chairs the foreign affairs subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation, and trade.

The law updates the State Department’s Rewards Program which was introduced in 1984 to offer rewards for information related to terrorists, narcotics traffickers and specific international war criminals.

Now, the amended law updates the Rewards Program to include those involved in transnational organised crime and others wanted for the most serious human rights abuses.

It will allow the use of the Rewards Program to target those indicted by international, hybrid or mixed tribunals for genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity.

After President Obama’s signing, Royce in a statement said, “As criminal networks and terrorists morph into something new – and killers like Joseph Kony of the LRA terrorize the innocent - this law will give us additional tools to target the world’s worst.

Winnie Byanyima takes on Oxfam top job
Winnie Byanyima takes on Oxfam top job

Winnie Byanyima takes over in April. PHOTO/Oxfam
Renowned Ugandan activist Winnie Byanyima has been appointed executive director of Oxfam International — a role that provides strategic direction and co-ordination for the worldwide confederation of Oxfam affiliates.

Ms Byanyima who takes over in April will replace Jeremy Hobbs, who has served as Executive Director of Oxfam International since 2001.

Oxfam works in 94 countries to find effective ways to end the injustice of poverty, through its 17 affiliates.

Until recently, Byanyima, the wife to Uganda’s opposition leader Col. Kizza Besigye, was director of the gender team of the UNDP, working on crucial issues of development, climate change and economic policy through the prism of gender considerations.

A statement issued by Oxfam International yesterday said she was selected after a global search, led by the chairman of Oxfam International, Keith Johnston, with the help of an international executive search firm.

“In an outstanding field of candidates, Winnie stood out as exemplifying Oxfam’s values and ambitions,” Keith Johnston said.
He added: “She brings clear vision fired by her commitment to social justice, the toughness of an able negotiator and campaigner, and leadership based on her capacity to inspire and convene, in many circles, cultures and levels.”

Byanyima said: “The world is witnessing a shift in global development, growing inequality, volatility on many levels and mounting aspirations and impatience for change.”

“Oxfam understands how this changing context means it must be strategic and adaptable in its mission to overcome poverty and reinforce peoples’ rights.

“I am very proud to be invited to lead such an important organisation as Oxfam, with its passionate commitment to social justice.”

Before joining UNDP, Byanyima served at the African Union in Addis Ababa.

She previously served as a Ugandan legislator and an official at the NRM secretariat. She also served at the UNESCO before joining elective politics.