Ugandan Members of Parliament (MPs) have said that African heads of state should let the International Criminal Court (ICC) execute the purpose for which it was set up which is checking impunity.
The legislators who included Lwemiyaga’s Theodore Sekikubo, Bugweri’s Abdu Katuntu, Bernabas Tinkasimire of Buyaga West and Mathias Nsubuga from Bukoto South said that the ICC was setup to most of all to hold the sitting president accountable in order to curb impunity.
Katuntu said it is ironical that the reasons for which the court was set up are the same reasons African leaders are using to circumvent it with their argument that the court should not try sitting presidents.
He said that the danger that their argument poses is that the presidents will commit all sorts of crimes and hide behind the immunity of the presidency.
The MPs questioned where President Yoweri Museveni got the authority to advocate for the withdrawal of Uganda and other African states from the ICC saying that it’s a decision that should have been taken by parliament.
Katuntu said that their argument that the court targets only Africa does not make sense saying that because the same crimes are being committed in other countries doesn’t mean the ones committed in Africa should be ignored.
Ssekikubo said that the president wants to promote impunity adding that he is becoming an advocate of the criminals that Uganda referred to the ICC for crimes against humanity like Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony.
He asked what Museveni and his fellow African heads of states are worried about saying that they are practicing double standards because they are the ones that initially promoted and praised the ICC.
They said that Ugandans want to remain in the ICC because it is the only court in which Ugandans have hope that Museveni cannot manipulate.
President Museveni was one of the African Heads of States who at an African Union summit in Addis-Ababa over the weekend championed the withdrawal of Africa from the Hague based court saying that it targets only African leaders.