Lango Residents Collect Signatures to Counter Petition to ICC

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Jackson Etwop, a resident of Aduku Sub County in Kwania district and lead petitioner, said they have so far collected more than 1,000 signatures in Lango.

A section of residents in Lango Sub-region have embarked on collecting signatures to counter a petition to take President Yoweri Museveni to International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.

The petition is being spearheaded by the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the mock "People's Government."

It was launched two weeks ago and is aimed at asking the prosecutor at the ICC, Justice Fatou Bensouda, to prosecute Museveni and his implicated officials on crimes against humanity.

The group calling themselves, concerned but patriotic Ugandans in Lango want to collect more than 10 million signatures.

 Jackson Etwop, a resident of Aduku Sub County in Kwania district and lead petitioner, said they have so far collected more than 1,000 signatures in Lango.  

Etwop adds that they have also extended the drive to other regions and they expect to conclude within the shortest period possible before they can present the petition to The ICC-Uganda secretariat.  

"We are the citizens who are concerned that the duly elected President of Uganda should not be dragged to the ICC, let history serve to remind the petitioners that many African leaders have been killed by the West, there is no more colonial masters, Uganda is an independent country, do not beg foreigners to come and help you," The petitioners argued.  

 //Cue in: "We are citizens …   

Cue out: …. and help you,"//  

The group further insists that solutions to Uganda's political situation does not lie in the hands of foreign countries, therefore, there is less need to drag President Museveni to ICC adding that many African leaders have lost their lives due to foreign interference. 

 //Cue in: "We would wish …  

Cue out: .... our former colonialists,"// 

Denis Okello, one of the mobilizers for the petitioners says local people are not interested in the petition to ICC.  

Okello says that the petition is intended to destabilize Uganda's stability and other NRM related achievements. 

Bony Otyama Ogong, the FDC party chairperson for Lango Sub-region described the counter-petition as fear by a group of NRM mobilizers.


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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.