Fed up with incessant bashing of the ICC by the country’s president, Yoweri Museveni, Uganda legislators are considering petitioning the UN Security Council over Museveni’s increasingly irritating attacks on the independence of the ICC.
The MPs; Mathias Nsubuga (Bukoto South), Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri) and Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga West), while addressing a press conference at Parliament Monday, said President Museveni does not have the mandate to mobilise other African countries to pull out of ICC without consulting Parliament.
Museveni’s fiercest attack on the ICC came during theÂ 68th UN General Assembly in New York last month where he rebuked the West for ‘patronising arrogance’ toward Africa.
In May, the AU, in a resolution sponsored by Uganda, demanded ICC refers adjudication of the war crimes and crimes against humanity case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to Kenyaâ€™s â€œcredibleâ€ judiciary.
Mr Nsubuga wondered why President Museveni was decampaigning the ICC yet it seeks to punish leaders subscribed to it for atrocities they commit and ill governance.
Mr Katuntu said leaders must not interfere with ICCâ€™s due process of the law by making threatening statements.
Speaking at the inauguration of Mr Uhuru and Mr Ruto in April, Mr Museveni accused the court of blackmail, incompetence and self-interest. President Museveni said the ICC had been â€œgrabbed by a bunch of self-seekers and shallow minded people whose interests is to mint revenge on those who hold opposing viewsâ€™â€™.
Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto stand indicted by the ICC for crimes against humanity following the 2008 post-election violence.