Newly sworn in Uganda president Yoweri Museveni has descbired the International Criminal Court [ICC] as useless.
Museveni made the remarks Thursday afternoon in his first inauguration speech.
He was introducing visiting African presidents and guests at Kololo Impendence Grounds.
He introduced Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe as “our mzee” and Sudan president Omar al-Bashir as “our neighbour”.
ICC’s first warrant for arrest for Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir was issued on 4 March 2009, the second on 12 July 2010.
Until Omar Al Bashir is arrested and transferred to the seat of the Court in The Hague, the case will remain in the Pre-Trial stage.
The ICC does not try individuals unless they are present in the courtroom.
After introducing ICC indictee Bashir, Museveni said: “We lost interest in the ICC. We thought they were serious.”
Museveni said he had supported ICC at the beginning but realised that “ICC is a bunch of useless people”.
Present at the ceremony was Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, another victim of the ICC.
The confirmation of charges hearing took place from 21 September to 5 October 2011 and charges against Kenyatta was withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.
Mr Kenyatta had been charged with crimes against humanity, including murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts, in the context of the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya.
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In February 2016, Museveni said Uganda would pull out of ICC “because it is not serious”.
While answering to a question during the second round of the Presidential Debate in Kampala, President Museveni said: “We are against impunity, that is why we supported the ICC but it is not serious. It is biased.”
The president, who previously supported the court, has been a leading crusader against the ICC, urging African leaders to pull out of the ICC en mass.
While in Kenya in 2013 at the swearing-in of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Museveni urged the ICC to respect African leaders, saying charges against seating leaders should be dropped.
The President’s argument was also supported by the People’s Progressive Party candidate, Abed Bwanika, who said Uganda should have “pulled out of the ICC yesterday.”
He said Uganda should build its own justice system instead of relying on the western world to solve its problems.
Museveni, who was the first president to refer a criminal case to the ICC continues to rally against the ICC and has become one of its strongest critics.
Dominic Ogwen, who is currently facing trial at the ICC for crimes against humanity, was referred to the ICC by the Museveni-led government.