The electoral commission has acknowledged receiving a notice from Amama Mbabazi threatening to drag the commission to the International Criminal Court for electoral crimes.
While addressing press this afternoon at EC offices along Jinja road, Badru Kiggundu, told journalists he had received a letter from Mbabazi’s lawyers regarding the matter.
Fred Muwema and Severino Twinobusingye, said they had directives from their client to file a complaint with the ICC concerning harassment and intimidation.
The lawyers say they wrote to Kiggundu on November 11, 2015 reporting cases of disruption of Mbabazi’s campaign rallies in Masaka and Mukono but never got any response.
“The disruption of our clients rallies, defacement if posters and intimidation/harassment of his supporters continued unabated in Hoima on the 16th November, 2015, fort portal on the 17 the November and Kasese on 18th November 2015.”
“The stark images of an intrusive candidate Museveni helicopter at the Booma grounds in Fort Portal which was deployed to intimidate voters and antagonise our clients; rally that day has still not evoked any concerns from the commission,” the lawyers wrote.
According to the notice, the disruption of Amama rallies, intimidation, torture, destruction of property, arrest and imprisonment if his supporters across the country constitute various crimes under the Rome statute 2002.
“On the part of the electoral commission, its officers who have incited, been complicit to or facilitate the commission of those electoral crimes will also be assembled before the ICC for the investigation and prosecution.”
The lawyers gave Kiggundu a 7 days ultimatum to work on Mbabazi’s complaints or they file their case at The Hague.
Kiggundu, however, said he will respond at an appropriate time.
“We are not bothered,” Kiggundu said in reference to being rushed off to The Hague over electoral crimes.