May 31, 2013

Rebel MPs Attack Museveni On ICC Proposal

President Yoweri Museveni recently asked African heads of state to cease being signatories to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
President Yoweri Museveni recently asked African heads of state to cease being signatories to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Some Members of Parliament have described as disastrous a motion moved by President Yoweri Museveni urging African heads of state to cease being signatories to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The president, while at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa early this week, proposed that African leaders should withhold from being signatories to the Rome Statute that establishes the ICC.

Museveni said the ICC is targeting only African leaders and that there was a plot to detain Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at The Hague when his trial for crimes against humanity starts on July 9 thereby moving a motion urging fellow heads of state to withdraw their membership from the ICC.

The president proposed that African countries can solve their internal problems without referring them to the Hague-based court.

But now legislators say Museveni’s motion is premature since there hasn’t been any consultation done by the president with either his cabinet or the members of parliament that are representatives of the electorate.

Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasiimire says the proposal by President Museveni is a total disaster and questioned the type of vision he is carrying for Uganda.

Tinkasiimire noted that while Museveni is trying to develop a good relationship with the Kenyan government, he should put into consideration that the ICC intervened in the Kenyan thousands of people were killed, wounded, displaced and property destroyed. Both Uhuru and his deputy, William Ruto, were indicted by ICC for their alleged role in the 2008 post election violence that left at least 1300 people dead and thousand others displaced.

Tinkasiimire now accuses Museveni of using a very important issue to play his games in East African Community (ICC).

He said the president should withdraw his proposal in the AU and first consult with the people of Uganda.

Lyemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo said that it is perturbing that African Countries are now turning their back on the ICC saying that credit should be given to the Court because it saved Kenya from a repeat of violence in the March 2013 elections.

He argues that the ICC intervention was the reason presidential contestant Raila Odinga grudgingly accepted the results.The MP said that Africans and their leaders never want their colleagues confronted because they want to stay in power for too long citing Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and President Museveni.

Ssekikubo says it is a shame that leaders who have overstayed in power and want to use violence against their own people are the ones afraid of ICC.He noted that President Museveni is trying to build a self-defense mechanism and urged the ICC to move on with its work.

19 thoughts on “Rebel MPs Attack Museveni On ICC Proposal

  1. Yes Museveni is right. I don’t see why we run to white people to solve Africa’s problems.
    A strong man learns how to discipline his wife not running to the rich neighbour to talk to his wife.

    1. 50% of our budget has been coming from europe during the past twenty years and we should have rejected this support if we are to solve our problems.Apart from this ,the rich nations still give us money fir roads,hospitals,etc.This is chicken feed to them but to us it is a lot.

      1. Then we should learn to live within our means. we need hospitals, schools, roads but we don’t need donated 5 star European hospitals, schools, roads. that is what the white man has conditioned us to believe. Col. Gaddhafi was trying to sell this beautiful idea to Africa..that a 1 billion population of Africa can create an economic block but he was betrayed and eliminated to prevent this from happening while 52 African black presidents were watching/arms folded. Now it has dawn on them that it was not only Gadafi, mubarak..its going to be everyone who talks of uniting Africa.

      1. Who is a mad person? Don’t we have enough qualified Black judges in Africa? Genetically and culturally a court presided over by white men can not/will never be fair to a Black man.

  2. poor sempara i dont think you are informed why do you think museveni is moving a cross the world ?chaina ,japan ,russia etc he is begging and that is obvious he who feeds you can as well solve your conflict , even at your house.

    1. Like I said Kinju you are one of the many who..because they have a $300 computer and Keyboard, think that they know about what is going on in this world. You obviously have no idea what it means to be President. If by this time with all the degrees you have and how much you have traveled, still think that a white man cares about Africa,…..start reading real stuff not listening to BBC, CNN and small children on Facebook. read about the history of armed conflicts in Africa and how they support white countries economies.
      I am so sorry you just hate Museveni but some of us see beyond tribes and religions

  3. “The truth will set you free”

    I want to congratulate in particular the 3 MPs and speaker of the
    house who have stood brave trying to uphold parliamentary democracy,
    the public interests of the Ugandan people, rejecting to be used as
    rubber stamps in return for tokens and perks. They have stood for
    democracy while others try to misrepresent the interests of the
    majority of Africans at the AU and it is those that see impunity
    serve their selfish interests that indeed call for Africa’s
    withdrawal from the ICC as they see the ICC standing in the way of
    their totalitarian interests of impunity among other ill plans that
    do not serve Africa or Africans at large. Those that call for
    Africa’s departure from the ICC are attempting to coerce other
    African leaders into succumbing to old worn out anti-colonialism
    sentiments, opening old wounds and fears in a situation that does not
    warrant those sentiments since the ICC’s interests are in fact the
    protection of the ordinary Africans from human rights abuses, and
    crimes against humanity as a whole including genocide committed by
    tyrants which Africa has had many of and continues to do. Departure
    from the ICC would only open the flood gates and return to
    full-fledged impunity for Africa’s leaders of the calibre of Mugabe,
    and Museveni (still in disguise) and many others and bring about a
    new breed of more “elusive” dictatorships that can hide their
    crimes at home since the ICC would not be there to investigate and
    unravel the truth and facts surrounding abuses. Returning the Uhuru
    and Ruto cases to Africa can only make them susceptible to legal
    manipulation which is not new in Africa. Although Kenya is now
    attempting to give the Judiciary autonomy, it is still very premature
    for that authority to be seen to be impartial and free from
    manipulation although Kenya’s new constitutional framework to empower
    the judiciary is a step in the right direction unlike Uganda among
    others that still have a long way to go in this respect. As Raila
    Odinga put it; “the truth will set you free”. If Uhuru and Ruto
    are innocent of the accusations, would’nt they in fact want the truth
    to set them free? I know I would. Good luck to you the 3 noble MPs
    and Speaker of house for standing firm despite the tribulations you
    may face. God will always triumph in the end.

    1. MPs are wasting time. ICC is a white man’s court. It doesn’t/will never care about a black man

  4. Take him to which court? presided over by who? which race? Museveni knows what is going on in this world than most of us here who pretend to know but don’t know s**t. ICC was an instrument created to undermine African Leadership. Every sober African country should lead his country away from this court of white people.

  5. But are sure that we as blacks will accepted your ideas after stay in power for five or more years?

  6. I PARTED WITH M7’S SO-CALLED VISION WAY BACK IN 1994 DUE TO HIS CONSTITUTION INTERFERENCES. AND BECAME ONE THE FIRST OF THOSE PRAYING FOR REGIME CHANGE. BUT I FIND MYSELF SOMETIMES DISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES WHERE THE MIX THE ‘NATION ISSUES WITH M7’S REGIME’ AS IF UGANDA MEANS M7!!

    EVEN BY “NOW” NRM HAS STARTED TO DEFFER FROM M7’S IDEOLOGIES.
    BUT FELLOW UGANDANS, WHEN YOU SAY ‘YES’ TO M7’S POINT OF VIEW, IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU DO SUPPORT HIM OR HIS REGIME. SO PLEASE THINK TWICE ON THIS ‘ICC’ ISSUE. STOP OVER TRUSTING THESE BAZUNGU, THEY HAVE THEIR TRADITIONAL HIDDEN AGENDAS TOWARDS NOT ONLY AFRICA BUT THE WHOLE THIRD WORLD

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