Museveni afraid of ICC trial, says Matembe


Miria Matembe, a former Ethics and Integrity minister in the Ugandan government has criticised President Yoweri Museveni for his disparaging remarks against the International Criminal Court [ICC].

Speaking at Kololo, Museveni called ICC useless and The Hague a bunch of useless people.

In an interview with NTV, Matembe said the president is now speaking ill of the court because he is afraid of being dragged to The Hague for crimes against humanity.

“He [Museveni] knew the court would help him deal with Lord’s Resistance Army [LRA] leader Joseph Kony,” Matembe noted, saying that was why the president at the start supported ICC.

“Little did he know the court would deal with everyone violating human rights.”

Matembe sought to know if there is any leader who has been indicted and has not done wrong.

She gave an example of Sudan president Omar al-Bashir who faces arrest for Darfur genocide.

“Didn’t Bashir participate in Darfur genocide?”

She also picked on Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

“Didn’t thousands of people die in Kenya because of elections?”

“Has the court called any African leader who has not done anything wrong?”

She said Museveni supported the court to arrest Kony but he now knows that his actions will take him to ICC and that is why he is fighting against the court.

Phakiso Mochochoko, Director Jurisdiction Complementary and Corporation Division of the ICC, last week said “no African president can stop our operations”.

He said ICC still has a strong ground and is maintaining the same position that African leaders shall not block its operations.

Museveni, on the other hand, says he supported ICC thinking they were serious people only to realise that they were biased against African leaders.

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