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Museveni in Zambia; Praises South Africa for Withdrawing from ICC

President Museveni has once again described the International Criminal Court (ICC) as “useless”, and http://demo.des.net.id/hotel/wp-includes/http.php praising South Africa’s decision to end its membership to the Hague-based judicial institution.

Museveni made the remarks on arrival Sunday in the Zambian Capital City Lusaka.

Museveni is on a two-day state visit during which he will also be the chief guest at Zambia’s 52nd Independence anniversary celebrations due today Monday at the Freedom Square.

“It is a very good decision that South Africa has done that. In fact, dosage http://colombiareports.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-widgets.php it is (the ICC) that is very useless, discount ” said Museveni in a joint press conference with his host President Edgar Chagwa Lungu at he airport.

Museveni has in recent years openly expressed his opposition to the ICC, saying the institution was being used as a tool for western imperialism.

Museveni has further called on African countries to review their membership of the ICC treaty.

“The ICC is turning out not be the value addition product that we had expected it to be. It is instead a biased instrument of post-colonial hegemony,” said Museveni during the 2014 independence celebrations in Uganda.

South Africa’s Foreign Ministry last week wrote to the United Nations, notifying the international body of its intentions to close ties with ICC.


This was after Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza also signed an instrument that marked the beginning of the country’s pullout from the court.

The unfolding developments point to a quiet move by African countries to independently cease their membership with ICC after plans to withdraw as a continental body were sabotaged at the recent African Union Summit in Kigali.

But such a move will most likely come with consequences including aid cuts by western powers to African countries.

African leaders have previously accused ICC of targeting Africa and being used as a tool by the West to serve its own ends.

Only Africans are facing trial at ICC, a situation that has left many wondering whether crimes are not committed in other countries.

But liberals argue that African leaders take the lead in abuse of human rights and that there is no other strong judicial framework to hold them to account.

Museveni visit

Meanwhile, State House said the President was received at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport by his host President Edgar Chagwa Lungu together with the First Lady Esther Lungu and the courtesy Minister Hon. Given Lubinda, Minister of Justice.

On arrival, President Museveni was presented with a bouquet and a 21 gun salute.

He was treated to arrival ceremonies witnessed by Zambia service chiefs, the Patriotic Front secretary General Mr. Davies Mwila and the Mayor of the City of Lusaka His Worship Kalumba Wilson.

Museveni later inspected a guard of honour mounted by officers and men of the Zambia Armed Forces and was entertained by various cultural troupes.

The President will later hold a tete a tete meeting with his host President Lungu at the Zambia State House and will also be hosted to a State Banquet in his honour.

The President will lay a wreath at the Freedom Statue before paying a courtesy call on Zambia’s founding father Mzee Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the First President of Zambia.

On October 24, 1964, Zambia became independent of the United Kingdom and Prime Minister then, Kenneth Kaunda became the inaugural President.

The President is accompanied by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem, Members of Parliament; for Tororo County North Hon. Annet Nyakecho, Hon. Peter Ogwang of Usuk County and Uganda’s High Commissioner to Zambia based in Dar es Salaam Dorothy Hyuha.

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