July 25, 2013

MPs Threaten to Take Uganda to ICC Over ‘Rights Abuse’

The Shadow Cabinet led by the leader of Opposition Nandala Mafabi have threatened to petition the International Criminal Court over what they termed as the brutal arrests of opposition leaders and abuse of their rights.

Nandala also said that his cabinet is to inform the international community about the abuses and Uganda being in the police state. They also intend to do countrywide sensitization of the masses about government’s consistent abuse of opposition leaders’ rights.

LOP Nandala Mafabi
Leader of Opposition in Parliament Nandala Mafabi says his government will inform the ICC about how Uganda is a ‘police state’

He noted that on Monday Dr. Kiiza Besigye was arrested from his home as he prepared to walk in protest of the new taxes levied on water and kerosene in the 2013-2014 Budget. Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was also detained at his home in Wakaliga before appearing before the KCCA tribunal.

Nandala said that the arrests were brutal and abusive to the leaders’ human rights saying that the opposition in Parliament is against it.

He urged the public to rise against the abuse of the rights saying that if government can abuse the rights of leaders, it means that even the rights of all Ugandans are being abused day in and day out.

MP Amuriat Patrick Oboi said that it is disheartening to see that in a country with many basic needs, government concentrates on arming the police force with tear gas that costs billions of shillings. Government spends millions to suppress just a few people.

Kiiza Besigye Being arrested during the 2011 protests.
Kiiza Besigye Being arrested during the 2011 protests.

Amuriat said it is then strange to see how hard the government works to make the world believe that there is democracy and rule of law.

He added that there is need for the Public to rise against the acts of police and government to ensure change and rule of law citing Egypt where the people used their power to overthrow an abusive government.

The Shadow Minister of Health Lulume Bayiga said that a lot of resources are put to waste by trailing Lord Mayor Lukwago and Kiiza Besigye and alleged that during Tuesday’s arrest of Besigye on Kampala Road two children ‘died’ in teargas.

He noted that it will take all citizens to fight the abuse of human rights not only Members of Parliament.

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