President Yoweri Museveni has referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as “a bunch of useless people.”
Addressing the gathering shortly after he was sworn-in for a 5th term in office, Museveni while introducing Heads of State present, said Uganda invited Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir despite a warrant of arrest.
ICC in 2009 issued an arrest warrant for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the strife-torn Darfur region by Al-Bashir. He became the first sitting Head of State to be indicted by the Court.
In 2004, Museveni took strong exception to then trial by ICC of Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, describing The Hague based court as “a biased instrument of post-colonial hegemony.”
Museveni averred that Africa should urgently reconsider its engagement with ICC on account of its humiliating treatment of the continent.
“The problems that occurred in Kenya in 2007 and that happen in other African countries are, first and foremost, ideological. For ICC to handle them as just legal matters is the epitome of shallowness,” Museveni said.