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Parliament Torn on Uganda’s Stay in ICC

Parliament was Tuesday lit up with mixed reactions from both the opposition and government over Uganda’s position regarding the International Criminal Court (ICC).

This was after a statement by the Attorney General (AG) William Byaruhanga in response to a question raised by Cwa West MP Okin Ojara on Uganda’s position regarding the ICC.

The Attorney General noted that Uganda is still cooperating with the ICC though with reservations given the manner in which the court has been relating with African leaders since 2009.

Byaruhanga told the house that Uganda has not yet decided to withdraw from the ICC and continues to cooperate with it.

“While Uganda shall continue to be part of ICC and to cooperate with it, rx http://chios.ro/wp-admin/includes/translation-install.php it shall not hesitate to abide by any position reached by the African Union in pursuit of peace and stability on the continent, viagra order ” Byaruhanga said.

He added that Uganda wants to see an ICC that recognizes that justice and peace are not mutually exclusive and one that is responsive to Africa’s concerns on matters pertaining to stability on the continent.

However, his presentation sparked off debate on both sides of the house with some defending the relevance of Uganda remaining in the ICC mostly MPs from Kasese, while others debated in support of the withdraw from the Court.

Busongorara North MP William Nzoghu told the House that the people of Kasese have already taken 3 Ugandans to the ICC, including President Yoweri Museveni in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of armed forces, Brig Peter Elwelu, and Assistant Inspector General of Police Asuman Mugenyi for the attacks that left several dead in the region last November.

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Ngora woman MP Jacqueline Amongin however asked the attorney General to come out clearly on whether Uganda will stay in ICC or quit because several member states of the African Union have responded differently to the debate with Burundi among those opting to quit.

 

 

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