Kenyatta: ICC Wanted to Issue Warrant of Arrest

President Yoweri Museveni has proposed that the African Union (AU) member states should review their membership to the International Criminal Court after the latter ignored the AU stand not to summon a sitting President for trial but went ahead to summon President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to the Court headquarters in the Hague this week.

Addressing the nation during the 52nd Uganda independence celebrations held at Kololo independence ceremonial grounds in Kampala, remedy the President said that by ignoring the collective wisdom of the African leaders, page the ICC had turned from being “the value additional product that Africans expected, patient to a biased tool of post colonial hegemony.”

Mr. Museveni noted that the problems that happened in Kenya and in other African countries are more ideological and for the International Criminal Court to handle them as mere legal matters, is being shallow in approach and being away from reality.

He said that for Uganda, her major relationship with the Western world should be on trade and tourism; thus the need to harmonize the long term vision and goals of our nations based on mutual benefit and equality. He added that the recent United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC, was a good beginning and nobody should mishandle this potentially lucrative relationship.

President Museveni used the occasion and to pay great tribute to the late Tanzanian leader, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, for the support he gave the revolutionary struggle in Uganda that, he noted, laid a foundation for the peace, stability and development Uganda is experiencing today. He said that the success the country is experiencing currently is largely the work of the Ugandan revolutionary fighters whom the late Mwalimu Nyerere helped him to train at the beginning of the struggle for liberation. He stressed that Ugandans should always be thankful to Mwalimu and the Tanzanian people and that they should stand with them at all times.

This year’s independence celebrations were attended, among others, by Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Salva Kiir of South Sudan as well as several delegations from regional governments and other parts of the world.

Mr. Museveni said that for the first time in 114 years, Uganda is celebrating independence when the country is totally peaceful and that her latest success being the removal of 40,000 rifles from the Karamajong cattle rustlers, a challenge that was not even addressed by the colonial government. He attributed this success under the NRM Government to the strength of Army, vigilance of the Police and strength of the National Resistance Movement. He said that the strength of NRM was founded by the cadres who were trained through the efforts of Mwalimu Nyerere.

The President strongly warned Ugandans on the danger posed by the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses saying though aggressive and lethal both are easy to stop from spreading. He, therefore, urged people not to take chances and avoid hand shaking. He also urged health official to be cautious in the handling of the sick and that for those who live near forests not to eat monkeys.


He said the fact that 60% of those who get infected survive means humanity can develop a vaccine. He urged people to always report the sick early for medical attention. He further warned citizens against encroaching on forests which, he said, increases the interaction of human beings and animals thus making it easy for the spread of disease between animals and human beings.

“Leave the forests alone for tourism and conservation since conservation is part of public health,” he counseled.

He commended the brevity of the Ugandan medical practitioners who have done much and dedicated their lives to the fight against dangerous epidemics.

“I salute our scientists for committing their lives to the fight against these zoonotic diseases. I salute their heroic actions,” he emphasized.

On the national economy, the President said that it will grow at 6.6% this year and will even do better in the coming years if the country overcomes the existing bottlenecks such as poor transport infrastructure, electric power shortage and many others. He urged the rural population to engage in commercial agriculture and join the money economy to overcome household poverty. He gave assurances that the government will inject more resources into supporting agriculture.

Visiting President Jakaya Kikwete of neighbouring Tanzania, commended President Museveni and the National Resistance Movement government for the peace, stability and development Uganda is experiencing. He urged all Ugandans to work towards sustaining this stability. He pledged Tanzania’s continued cooperation with Uganda for the good of the people of the two East African nations.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni yesterday blamed religious intolerance as the major factor that tantamount to breaking of Africa`s largest country, physician Sudan in to two different nations few years ago.

Addressing a congregation of thousands from different religious dominations and countries in capital Kampala on Wednesday, Museveni whose country was the immediate neighbor to the then united Sudan and faced the biggest influx of refugees, stressed that the irreconcilable religious difference between the north and southern part of the country was responsible for the disintegration.

The numerically minority Christian south of Sudan broke away from majority Muslim and Arab north on 11th Sept 2011 in an historic referendum that resulted to the creation of the independent Republic of South Sudan, the world`s youngest nation.

“I am glad to be with all of you here from different faith groups. Am very glad you people are accepting each other and this tolerance is the way to go. Religious intolerance led to the breaking away of our good neighbor the then great Sudan.” Museveni carefully stated without naming the religious groups in particular.

Museveni added that for several times he told his counterpart President Omar Bashir the advantages of accepting others irrespective of their faith so long as they are not fighting your faith.

“On several occasions I told my good friend His Excellency Bashir that to him pork is haram (not allowed) but to me I have a long list of haram in my Runyankore tradition including fish, chicken, goat and even pork itself. However much they are haram to me, I don’t mind others enjoying them.” Museveni added to the amused congregation.

8th October which for this fall on Wednesday, is a National Prayer Breakfast in Uganda`s calendar, a day before the 9th independence day.

President Museveni used his Chief Guest attendance position to preach tolerance where he even urged both Christians and Muslims not to forcefully burn African traditional religions but just to persuade them with good teachings.

President Museveni did not leave out instability in Middle East and North Africa that he also said is result of religious intolerance.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to rise above partisan interests and discard the politics of hatred.

Kenyatta said the challenges facing the country will be overcome with the unity of Kenyans.

President Kenyatta was addressing massive crowds that turned up to welcome him back at St. Stephens Church-Industrial area junction, try City stadium, Muthurwa and outside his Harambee House office on Thursday.

The President had travelled to The Hague Netherlands for a status conference on the case facing him.

“Do not allow outdated politics of divide and rule to distract us. Let us rise above politics of hatred, tribalism and ethnicity and as one people confront the challenges facing the nation,” the President said.

He said Kenyans understand the challenges facing the country and do not need lectures by outsiders.

“Our agenda is a better Kenya. We do not want to be told what to do but welcome assistance from friends to solve our problems,” The President said.

On the case facing him at The Hague based International Criminal Court; the Head of State said he chose to handover constitutional powers to his Deputy to protect the country’s sovereignty in foreign land.

Praising the Deputy President William Ruto for effectively taking control of the country in his absence, the President said leadership is not about power but how it is applied for the benefit of Kenyans.

“Few weeks ago, these people issued summons for me to be personally at the court and rejected representation by my lawyers. I went to The Hague, sat in court for three hours and my lawyers ably argued the case. We will overcome,” the President said.

The President said there are those who hoped that he would defy the summons so that a warrant can be issued against him.

He thanked Kenyans for their continued prayers saying with God the challenge will be overcome.

The President said Government will not be intimidated by the country’s enemies in and outside the country and remains focused in its development agenda.

President Kenyatta at the same time castigated some civil society groups in the country whose leadership has formed a culture of kneeling before foreigners begging funds by ruining the image of their motherland.

“You should stop this habit of running to white men begging funds while peddling lies about your motherland and the Government,” said the President.

Deputy President William Ruto thanked tens of thousands of citizens who turned up to welcome the President back into the country. He added that the massive turn out shows that the ICC case facing the President is a problem for all Kenyans.

Mr Ruto said the Jubilee Government will continue with priority projects that have positive impact on lives of Kenyans and will not allow empty talk to disrupt development processes in the country.

Later on arrival at State House Nairobi President Kenyatta was warmly received by the staff.

Kenyans from all walks of life thronged the airport as early as 3 a.m. to await the arrival of the Head of State and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, who accompanied him. Deputy President William Ruto led senior Government officials and other leaders in receiving the President.

The plane carrying President Kenyatta and his entourage touched down at JKIA at 6.40 a.m.

On arrival, the President inspected a colourful guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the Kenya Army. Thereafter, the Head of State was entertained by groups of cultural dancers and choirs.

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