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.