An intelligence officer in the ranks of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has told the International Criminal Court (ICC) that Joseph Kony, the fugitive leader of the rebel group was possessed by spirits.
The fighter testifying as prosecution witness number P-142 in the ongoing trial of former LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen said that Kony was possessed by up to seven spirits with whom he had regular communication.
Witness P-142 told Court this afternoon that he heard about Mama Sili Silindi, Who Are You, Juma Oris, and Ing Chu without knowing what messages the spirits conveyed through Kony.
When Thomas Obhof, a defense counsel representing Dominic Ongwen asked him about three others known as Silver, Jim Brickey and Bianca, the Witness said he does not recall hearing about these spirits Kony is said to have communicated with.
“We were told if you see him addressing the crowd with red eyes then he is possessed” replied the witness when asked about when Kony spoke to the spirits.
According to Witness P-142, Kony had someone near him taking notes of what he said under possession of the spirits.
The subject of spirits possessing Joseph Kony has been a controversial topic of discussion, academic thesis and books since he launched a brutal guerilla war in 1987.
The LRA has slaughtered more than 100,000 people and abducted 60,000 children who were forced to become sex slaves and child soldiers, according to the UN.
Many scholars around the world have alluded to this hotly debated topic. Paul Jackson, a professor of African politics at the University of Birmingham told Radio France International this week that Kony’s guerilla war is the most mystical he has studied on the African continent.
Commenting on the withdrawal of the UPDF and the US, AU Regional Task Force advisory troops, Jackson said “Kony is the sort of individual that you need to be extremely careful with. Of all the sorts of African insurgency movements, this is the most mystical of all of them, and in a way he is the sort of high priest.”
The U.S. first deployed about 100 U.S. Special Forces as military advisers in 2011, and in 2014 sent 150 Air Force special operations members and airmen to assist African forces hunt down Joseph Kony. At the time, their equipment included four CV-22 Osprey aircraft, two C-130 transport planes and two KC-135 refueling aircraft.