ICC petition: Police raids Hon Nambooze’s home to intercept the petition signing exercise
As the collection of petition signatures intended to drag President Museveni and other top government officials to International Criminal Court of Justice (ICC) for prosecution over alleged crimes against humanity continues, Police have closed off Hon Betty Nambooze house in Mukono where she was to conduct the exercise from.
Hon Nambooze is the Member of Parliament representing Mukono Municipality, she had arranged a meeting to collect signatures from interested persons in her constituency, but suddenly Police detectives commanded by SP Joab Wabwire on Friday morning raided her house intentionally to block the meeting.
Police in this exercise blocked people from entering or leaving Nambooze’s house including Nambooze herself.
SP Wabwire said that no single person was allowed to access Nambooze in one way or the other.
Following the matter, Nambooze lawyer, Abudallah Kiwanuka who is also involved in the petition signing process that seeks to drag President Museveni to ICC, where they need 20.000 signatures from greater Mukono condemned Police’s actions of sealing off Nambooze’s home.
Although security was tight, some journalists managed to access Nambooze who as well condemned Police’s action of turning her home into a prison.
Speaking to the few journalists who managed to access her, Nambooze said that her husband failed to go for work and her children as well did not attend school because of the police raid at their house.
“My home has become a prison. My husband has not gone to work. Even my children didn’t go to school. This is torture that is continuing to hurt us so much is the reason we are collecting signatures to petition ICC,” Nambooze said.
Nevertheless, Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan Police said that the meeting scheduled to happen at Nambooze’s house was unlawful because Police was not aware of it.
“We got information that she was going to have a rally in the market and that is what we are trying to stop, because it is illegal and we were not informed about it,” Owoyesigyire said.Tweet
The petition seeking signatures from the public for President Museveni and his allies to be prosecuted by ICC for crimes against humanity was instituted by Forum for Democratic Party (FDC) and People’s Government led by the four-time Presidential candidate and former FDC President, Dr Kizza Besigye.
They need at least two million signatures from Ugandans and then People’s Government hands over the petition to ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda to prosecute President Museveni and other government officials in security agencies for crimes against humanity.
Crimes against humanity stated in the Rome Statute include; torture, murder, enslavement, enforced disappearance of persons and imprisonment extermination among other crimes.
In a statement issued by the FDC Secretary for Mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe indicates that so far more than 60.000. signatures from Ugandans on hard copy forms and 3,595 online signatures have been collected and still, more is expected.