By David Lumu and Paul Kiwuuwa
Major General Kahinda Otafiire, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has weighed in on the thorny debate of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with a caution against lawmakers who are considering running to the United Nations for redress.
Otafiire told New Vision that although the angry lawmakers would be exercising their Constitutional right to petition the United Nations Security Council over the proposal by the African Union that the 'African-leader's eating court' should defer crimes against humanity of two leaders-Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Omar Bashir of Sudan, they must trade cautiously.
Speaking to journalists at Parliament, Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri) argued that Africa countries should first table the proposal to pull-out of ICC before their various local Parliaments so that it is debated.
Failure to do so, Katuntu, who led the team of other MPs Mathias Nsubuga (Bukoto South), Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga) and Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga West), vowed to petition the UN so that this legal anomaly is rectified.
But, Otafiire has advised the MPs to follow the law to the dot in their endeavors.
"That [petitioning the ICC) is their democratic right. Let them go. Uganda is a free society. Let them go to the UN. No one is stopping them provided they are acting within the law," he said.
A recent special summit of the AU meeting in Ethiopia resolved that sitting Heads of State should be exempt from making trips to Hague, Netherlands, the headquarters of ICC.
The Africa leaders are also propagating a move to pull-out of the ICC.
The argument by African leaders is that the ICC has been hi-jacked by actors, who harbor a biased ideology against the black people, and that in their quest for the so-called justice, these actors fall short of the true dissection of the problems affecting the continent.
President Museveni, for example, has come out to say that the problems of African can only be solved by African-generated solutions-not the shallow perception of the western-backed tools.