Forum for Democratic Change wants the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate alleged human rights abuses and crimes by the Uganda Police force.
The opposition political party says it is consulting on when and how to petition its diplomatic envoys especially in the United States, to seek the attention of the UN to what it calls crimes against humanity in the country.
The FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda says they will be suing individuals rather than the police as an institution for the crimes.
“We’ll be sending all this information to our envoys wherever they are. Our envoy in the US will be taking this matter to the UN because Uganda is a member of the UN on behalf of all of us”, he said.
“Our plea to the UN is that they are seeing all the preparations as we head into an elections calendar. They shouldn’t wait for what happened in Kenya because in Kenya they saw all the preparations but waited until blood was shed. So the individuals who are involved this time from Kulaigye [Hillary – the regional police commander, Rwizi] to Ogwal [Maxwell – Greater Masaka regional police commander] to Bakaleke [Siraje – the regional police commander for Kampala East] to Kayihura [Kale — Inspector General of Police] all of them – we are collecting information about all but we also send petitions to various countries. They should be aware that perpetrators of crime in Uganda are the following”.
Recently, there has been clashes between FDC leaders and the police over holding political rallies especially in Rukungiri and Jinja.
The two incidents in Rukungiri and Jinja left several supporters injured, and party leaders arrested including the party’s presidential aspirant Kizza Besigye and spokesperson Ssemujju.
In counter-accusations, the police says it has got information that the opposition has a “confrontational plan” to taint the image of the police and other security organs before the world as “brutal”.
However Ssemujju says that one of their sources within the police force has revealed a plan by police to harm opposition politicians in events leading to the 2016 general elections.
ICC has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.