Police in Ntungamo Confiscate ICC Petition Forms

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The police on Thursday grabbed the forms from a shop owned by the Ntungamo Municipality Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party Chairperson, Denis Mugizi.

Police in Ntungamo has confiscated over 40 forms for the petition the party is drafting to take President Museveni to the International Criminal Court-ICC.


The police on Thursday grabbed the forms from a shop owned by the Ntungamo Municipality Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party Chairperson, Denis Mugizi.

The move came barely days after news started circulating in the area that the chairperson was mobilizing residents to sign the petition.


The raid was led by Vian Habineza a crime intelligence officer at Ntungamo police station.


Mugizi says that he first received calls from Habineza asking him to record a statement but had asked to be given time so that he first consults his lawyers.

 Ntungamo District FDC party branch chairperson Benon Ntendere says that they are in contact with party lawyers to see that documents confiscated from Mugizi are not used against him.


Ntendere further reveals that they are disappointed by the actions of the police saying that the party has the freedom to perform its duties and the police should respect rights instead of resort to raids and intimidating the party members.

Ntungamo District Police Commander Damiano Katwesimwe confirms that the forms were confiscated by did not divulge further details.

Two weeks ago, the People's Government launched a petition aimed at asking the prosecutor at the ICC, Justice Fatou Bensouda, to prosecute President Museveni and his implicated officials on crimes against humanity.

According to Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC secretary for mobilisation, more than 60,000 people have so far appended their signatures on the hard copies of the forms and that more forms were being dispatched to the districts.  

 

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