By Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala, Uganda
Uganda’s opposition political parties are set to refer the country’s leader Gen Yoweri Museveni to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for carrying out acts against the country’s population that they say tantamount to crimes against humanity.
At a press conference held Wednesday here, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, MP, who leads the country’s opposition in parliament, said they would take the unprecedented action against Mr Museveni to the ICC to seek for justice after most of its members have found themselves being subjected to intense harassment by the Museveni’s government. He gave the example of what happened Monday when former leader of his party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Dr Kizza Besigye was picked up from his house and detained at Naggalama Police Station for simply making it known he would participate in a none-violent protest against the government
He said the opposition had decided to refer Gen Museveni to the ICC for committing crimes against humanity, a primary objective of the ICC. “After decades of hassling for democracy, the Ugandan opposition has resolved to petition the International Criminal Court to seek for justice,” Mafabi said. He said the unending harassment of opposition leaders and the humiliation at the hands of the military and the police who have continued to restrict their movements, sprayed with teargas at every slight provocation and had flimsy charges preferred against them in order to make it hard for them to exercise their fundamental democratic rights.