ICC 'a bunch of useless people' - Meseveni

2016-05-13 12:28
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (File: AFP)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (File: AFP)

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Kampala - European, US and Canadian diplomats reportedly walked out of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's swearing-in ceremony on Thursday after the east African country's leader made disparaging comments about the International Criminal Court (ICC).

According to BBC News, the United States state department also objected to the presence of Sudan's Omar al-Bashir at the ceremony.

Bashir is wanted by the ICC for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for crimes in Darfur. 

In his speech during his inauguration, Museveni branded the ICC a "bunch of useless people who should not be taken seriously".

Museveni also accused the ICC of being biased against African leaders.

Museveni's sentiments echoed those of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who also attacked the international court last year.

Mugabe was quoted as saying that there was a need for the African Union to create its own ICC, which would be mandated to prosecute Western leaders, who had committed crimes on the continent.

"They committed crimes, colonial crimes galore - the slaughter of our people and all that imprisonment... I have a case, why was I imprisoned for 11 years? We forgave them, but perhaps we've not done ourselves justice... You set the ICC, we set our ICC to try Europeans, to try Mr [George] and Bush and [Tony] Blair," Mugabe was quoted as saying at the time.

The Herald reported on Friday that Mugabe received a thunderous ovation after Museveni introduced him to the crowd.  

Museveni won the February 18 elections by 18%, while his main rival Kizza Besigye garnered 35% of the vote.

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  robert mugabe  |  yoweri museveni  |  uganda  |  east africa

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