President Yoweri Museveni has Friday afternoon resounded his strong disapproval of the International Criminal Court [ICC]
Museveni, while speaking at Kenya’s Independence Day celebrations in the capital Nairobi, v said he would not cooperate again with The Hague- based International Tribunal.
Museveni, who got a standing ovation at the well attended celebrations at Nyayo stadium, spoke briefly in reference to ICC’s recently dropped charges against Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.
The court dropped charges of crimes against humanity put on Uhuru, for his involvement in the country’s 2007 post -election crisis, for lack of pinning evidence.
Describing the court as “foolish,” Museveni said at the Independence Day celebrations that he had no more business with The Hague.
“Watu wa ulaya waache upuzi yao,” said Museveni; that those Europeans (referring to the ICC) should stop being foolish.
He went on, “Nimemalizana na hio koti (ICC), sitafanya kazi tena nao,” translating: I am done with that court. I am not doing any more business with them.”
The president said that ICC has adamantly ignored the advice of African leaders not to proceed with Uhuru’s case and vowed to propose withdraw of all Africans from the Court
“African leaders through the African Union had advised the ICC not to prosecute a seating President like President Uhuru Kenyatta, but they refused to listen to their counsel. Next year I will move a motion in the African Union Summit for all the African countries to withdraw their membership from the ICC,” he said.
President Museveni and several other African leaders have remained critical of the court which they accuse of targeting only long-serving African leaders and ignoring crimes committed by their counterparts in developed countries.
He at one time suggested Uganda’s Lords Resilience Army Commander Joseph Kony who is wanted by the same court, be tried by the local criminal Justice Systems.
The celebrations were also attended by the Ghanaian president John Dramani and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.
In a keynote address of welcome to his guests and to all the people of Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta urged his fellow citizens to be united and remain tolerant as they focus on building Kenya to become a strong nation.He also called on them to stay strong to confront the internal and external enemies of Kenya adding that they should go an extra mile to rededicate themselves to the struggle and the fight against corruption and insecurity including tribal conflicts that have claimed many lives of Kenyans.
The President said the International Criminal Court (ICC) is “a threat to our internal reconciliation. He thanked Kenyans for praying for him when his case was still at the ICC. He called on the Kenyans to continue praying for the Vice- President, Mr. William Ruto who is still being sought to appear at the ICC.
He called for support and solidarity in the fight against terrorists who have attacked Kenya and killed many Kenyans adding that Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda have established their base in Somalia to destabilize Kenyans. He said that the Government of Kenya must enhance the ability to detect and trace the activities that cause insecurity in order to manage well intended attacks against Kenya. He reminded the people of Kenya that without security, development is compromised.