Museveni faulted for not arresting Bashir


H.E. Omar al-Bashir and the First Lady Janet Museveni look on during Museveni swearing in.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has been widely criticized by human rights activists for arresting Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir against whom the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant of arrest for allegedly committing crimes against humanity.

According to Mohammed Ndifuna the Chief Executive Officer of Human Rights Network Uganda, as a signatory to the Rome Statute of 2002 that set up the ICC, Uganda is duty-bound to arrest Gen Bashir and hand him over to the ICC the moment he steps on Ugandan soil.

“However, it was a sign of betrayal to Ugandans when Museveni chose to host a leader who is on a wanted list by the ICC,” said Ndifuna.

A number of diplomats representing the US and a number of western countries were seen yesterday walking out of Kololo Ceremonial grounds during president Museveni swearing immediately after he (Museveni) introduced Sudanese president Gen Omar al-Bashir and called the ICC useless and “a bunch of useless people”

Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa also said failure to arrest Bashir would be a breach of its duty and would be a cruel betrayal of the hundreds of thousands of people killed and displaced during the Darfur conflict in Sudan.

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