Uganda’s army could face the International Criminal Court for pushing war victims in the north of the country into Internally Displaced People’s camps, Luis Moreno Ocampo, the former ICC prosecutor has said
According to Ocamp, despite the fact that there are many accusations against the UPDF relating to the war, the decision of sending war victims to camps stands out.
He says some of the war victims argue that, although most of theatrocities were committed by the Joseph Kony led LRA rebels; UPDF’s involvement in committing atrocities should not be ignored.
While addressing journalists in Gulu over the weekend, Ocampo emphasized the need to document the evidence and stories of the victims so that it can be passed on to the current ICC prosecutor so that the arrest warrant can be expanded to include all the new elements. The revelation by Ocampo comes a month after president Yoweri Musveni admitted that there were incidents in the anti-insurgency campaign for which they are ashamed and wondered why they were not being reported.
While Speaking during Celebrations to mark 28 years of NRM last month, Museveni cited the Mukura railway wagon incident that saw 40 people burnt to death. Olara Otunnu, the UPC president has repeatedly referred to the IPD camps as concentration camp, which he claims created with the sole aim of annihilating the population.
Otunnu has repeatedly called for the prosecution of Museveni who he accuses of intentionally annihilating the Acholi using the UPDF. Efforts by our reporter to speak to Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson about the revelations by Ocampo didn’t yield results as his phone went unanswered.