After receiving more than two million signatures and still counting, Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye's parallel government "The People’s Government" says it is ready to file its petition against President Yoweri Museveni at the International Criminal Court-ICC next month.
Led by Lawyer and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, the group started collecting signatures and evidence in November 2019 to back their petition against Museveni and other government officers to the ICC whom they claim are guilty of crimes against humanity which include; murder, extermination, enslavement, torture, enforced disappearance of persons and imprisonment among others.
While speaking to the media in Kampala on Wednesday, Lukwago cited some of the incidents as the brutality against opposition members during public gatherings and protests, the attack on Rwenzururu Kingdom palace in Kasese town, which led to the death of more than 100 people, the raid on Parliament by the army during the age limit debate, cases of kidnaps and murders in the country.
He argued that the perpetrators of these crimes should answer to their crimes and that Museveni is particularly accused because he is the head of defense forces that are allegedly responsible for committing atrocities against Ugandans.
Lukwago who is also the vice President of the People’s Government said they will close signature collection on January 31st, 2020 and file their petition in February.