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.