Ugandan lawmakers have sent a petition to the International Criminal Court to investigate the genocide in Rwenzori committed by security forces.
Ugandan security forces raided the palace of Rwenzori King Charles Wesley Mumbere resulting in the death of hundreds of people.
The MPs said that they want an investigation on President Yoweri Museveni for reportedly ordering the attack on the palace. Brigadier Peter Elwelu and assistant IG Asuman Mugyenyi are also listed as co-conspirators.
In the petition to the office of ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, the lawmakers said the series of events and actions by the joint Uganda People’s Defence Forces and Uganda Police Force constitute torture and genocide.
They requested that the perpetrators listed above be subjected to prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
William Nzoghu, one of the legislators behind the petition said the number of people killed exceeded 200. He said that the police and the army “jointly committed genocide and crimes against humanity”.
The lawmakers afterward produced a response letter from the ICC confirming to have received the complaints about the alleged crimes against humanity.
The letter read:
“The office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court acknowledges receipt of your documents/letter. This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office.”
“We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court. Please note this acknowledgment letter does not mean an investigation has been opened, nor that an investigation will be opened by the Office of the Prosecutor.”
Amnesty International after the clashes published a report saying the Ugandan forces committed extrajudicial killings.
King Charles Wesley Mumbere has since been charged with terrorism, aggravated robbery and attempted murder among other charges.