The petition spearheaded by the People’s Government led by Former President of the Forum for Democratic Party- FDC party Dr Kiiza Besigye requires at least two million Ugandans to append their signatures.
Over 800 people have so far signed a petition to drag President
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to the International Criminal Court- ICC.
The petition spearheaded by the People’s Government led by Former
President of the Forum for Democratic Party- FDC party Dr Kiiza Besigye
requires at least two million Ugandans to append their signatures.
The People’s Government will hand over the petition to the prosecutor of the
International Criminal Court to open cases of crime against humanity against
President Museveni and other government officials in security agencies.
According to the Rome Statute that establishes the ICC, crimes against humanity
include murder, extermination, enslavement, torture, enforced disappearance of
persons and imprisonment among others.
Some of the incidents cited by the Peoples government are the brutality against
members of the opposition, the attack on Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere’s
palace in Kasese town which led to the death of more than 100 people, the
invasion of the Parliament by the army during the age limit debate and the
rampant kidnaps and murders in the country.
People’s government want the perpetrators of crimes against humanity to answer
to their crimes but also president Museveni to answer since he is the head of
military forces that are allegedly responsible for committing atrocities against
Besigye, who was the first to append his signature on the petition,
says the process is meant for all citizens who feel aggrieved.
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People’s government will be seeking signatures from people in different areas.
All petitioners are required to write their name, National Identity Card number
and sign the petition. The different coordinators of people’s government will
be in charge of the petitions.
Besigye says that as part of the petition process, they will be collecting
evidence from individuals. The evidence gathered will be that of events that
took place after 2002 when the ICC started functioning.
Last week, the vice-chairman of the People’s Government who is
also Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago said they had gathered some evidence and would
only need to beef it up.
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However, government has downplayed the petition. Deputy government spokesperson
Col. Shaban Bantariza says that the opposition has failed to gain support and
is now playing diversionary politics.
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This is not the first petition initiated by members of the opposition. In 2017, a group of MPs petitioned the
ICC to initiate investigations into possible atrocities by security forces
following the raid of the Rwenzururu Kingdom palace where hundreds of people were
The petition was led by Kasese Municipality Member of Parliament Centenary
Robert, former Leader of Opposition Winnie Kizza and Willaim Nzoghu.