International Criminal Court Looms as Butambala MP Presses for Accountability in Uganda

KAMPALA, (UG) –The Butambala MP, Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, has announced the opposition’s intention to bring the Ugandan government to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the disappearance of Ugandan citizens.

Muwanga emphasized the need for accountability and justice, noting that government’s response on the matter on Tuesday will determine the next course of action and strategies they will adopt.He made these comments after the national symposium on the rule of law, human rights, and policing in Uganda where legal experts presented their findings, which aimed to identify and document initiatives for reforming the Uganda Police Force since 1986. The objective was to establish a democratic, accountable, people-centered, effective, and efficient national police force.

According to Kivumbi, the disappearance of a single person is a crime against humanity and can be tried at the ICC.In July of this year, a group of individuals filed a petition with the ICC, accusing President Yoweri Museveni and his son, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, of sponsoring violence and abusing critics. Previously, in 2020, former leader of the fractured Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, Col (Rtd) Dr Kizza Besigye, petitioned the ICC, accusing the NRM government of human rights abuses and violations.

Kivumbi outlined several demands, including accountability for all missing person cases, a state apology on the same, prosecution of responsible officials, and a government commitment to prevent the recurrence of such acts.