Bantariza: people’s gov’t doesn’t exist, can’t take Museveni to ICC

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Shaban Bantariza

Deputy government spokesperson Rtd Col Shaban Bantariza has stated government’s position on “People’s Government” taking President Kaguta Museveni to the International Criminal Court [ICC].

The petition was signed and launched by opposition figure Kizza Besigye Tuesday at People’s Government head offices in Nakasero, Kampala.

Bantariza said the “People’s Government” is an unregistered NGO and for that matter cannot report anyone or case to ICC.

“Among the categories that are allowed to do so, it’s not there and doesn’t exist,” he stated.

Bantariza said the best they [opposition] can do if they exist is to make investigations and take them to a Prosecutor [Fatou Bensouda] who will do their own investigations again from the very beginning.

He said then it would be up to Bensouda to investigate on her own but the oppsotion have no mandate to do that.

“They are just acting by saying they are taking Museveni to ICC,” he noted.

MPs join petition

Meanwhile, lawmakers also vowed to join the signing of a petition dubbed ‘Uganda people’s petition to ICC’ which requires at least two million signatures.

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon. Betty Aol Ochan, said the MPs are going to embrace the petition because a number of Ugandans under their constituencies have been victims crimes against humanity.

Hon. Aol says that since the house is on recess, she will bring the lawmakers on board once the house resumes so that they can append their signatures on the petition.

Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana, Nakawa’s Michael Kabazinguruka and Moses Kasibante have already appended their signatures on the petition.

Besigye said he has already liaised with People Power Pressure Group led by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and other registered political parties in the country including the ruling NRM party.

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