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Museveni: ICC's purpose has been distorted

10 April 2013, 08:48 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni yesterday said the purpose of the International Criminal Court has been distorted and saluted Kenyan voters for rejecting the blackmail by the institution and those using it for their own agenda.

Speaking yesterday at the inauguration ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi, Museveni said, “I was one of those that supported the ICC because I abhor impunity. However, the usual opinionated and arrogant actors using their careless analysis have distorted the purpose of that institution.”

He blamed the actors of using the institution to install leaders of their choice in Africa and eliminate the ones they do not like.

Museveni condemned the 2007/8 post election violence that happened in Kenya, saying that it was regrettable.

He however said that a legalistic process, especially from outside cannot address those events, what is needed is an ideological solution by discerning why they happened.

Museveni said that reasons as to inter community violence occurred must be established and they must be genuine.

“Even if you assume they were genuine reasons as a
hypothetical argument, why should villagers attack one another? Would the villagers have been responsible for whatever mistakes that would have occurred? Instead of a thorough and thoughtful process, we have individuals engaged in legal gymnastics,” he said.

Pointing at a Ugandan case between 1966 and 1986, where about 800,000 people were killed by the leaders who were in charge of the country, Museveni said they have never asked ICC or the UN for help to handle the situation.

“We only referred Joseph Kony of Lord’s Resistance Army to ICC because he was operating outside Uganda. Otherwise, we would have handled him ourselves,” he said.

“Equally, Kenyan actors are the ones best qualified to sit and delve into their history in order to discover the ideological stimuli the Kenyan society needs,” added Museveni.

- News24

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