Parliament to debate Rome Statute

Government and parliament undertake to domesticate the International Criminal Court governing document, the Rome Statute.

The target is to incorporate the Statute into Ugandan laws by September this year to ensure applicability of the ICC laws and prosecution of crimes against humanity on Ugandan soil.

Uganda is among 109 countries world wide that signed the Rome statute in 1992 but has since then not domesticated it in Ugandan laws an issue that makes it impossible for Uganda to prosecute crimes against humanity.

The undertaking comes after the courts Judge Daniel Nsereko challenged Uganda to domesticate the statute saying it’s an international and local obligation that will ensure an end to impunity.

This while addressing participants at a workshop on the statute at parliament

Parliament Speaker Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi undertook to have the domestication done by September this year an issue which was re-echoed by the acting solicitor general Billy Kainamura who spoke on behalf of the attorney general`s office.