By Ronald Kabuye
The International Criminal Court ICC has confirmed receipt of complaints about the Kasese atrocities that claimed numerous lives of people and left many in imprison and tried in courts of law including the Omusinga wa rwenzururu Charles Wesley Mumbere.
This has been revealed by the international cooperation adviser of ICC Dahirou Santa-Anna during a media briefing in Kampala about the progress of former Lord’s Resistance Army Dominic Ongwen trial where the prosecution concluded it’s submission in April and the commemoration of ICC 20 years of existence.
Santa-Anna said that compliant filed by Kasese legislators through their lawyer Samuel Muyizzi is at preliminary examinations level in the office of ICC prosecutor which after report a decision shall be made whether to investigate the matter or drop it.
” Preliminary examination stage is a stage where we have to be satisfied that all the legal criteria under the Rome statute and jurisdiction are meet for us to determine that there is reasonable basis to proceed with investigation or not.
However there is no particular timeline it may take, it only depends on the priority and apparently the Kasese petition is being accessed.” Said Santa-Anna
Santa Anna said that the prosecution lined up 166 witnesses including Ongwen wives and children, UPDF officers, former LRA rebels and victims who testified against Dominic Ongwen.
He added that ever since the ICC court came into force it has tried 21 suspects out of which three were convicted while there pending 15 warrant of arrest are which are yet to effected.
Among activities to be carried out in Uganda for the commemoration of Icc’s 20 years of existence include community outreach activities in Northern Uganda, legal community engagement and it shall be climaxed by football tournament between the affected communities in Northern Uganda and the inter school quiz competition in regards to the ICC.
By Ronald Kabuye