Video: Shaka Ssali criticises Museveni on ICC


Shaka Ssali [M] in NBS TV studios

Voice of America journalist, Shaka Ssali, says he is shocked that President Yoweri Museveni who was among signatories for the International Criminal Court [ICC] is now trying to disengage from it.

“It’s ironic that President Museveni, one of the founding signatories for the ICC, is talking about leaving the ICC,” Ssali said while appearing on NBS TV Tuesday evening.

Dr. Shaka Ssali says African leaders had no issues with the International Criminal Court until some African leaders started going on trial at The Hague.

Museveni during the Saturday presidential live debate said ICC was biased and he had no business staying in it.

He suggested the formation of an African Court of Justice.

“The President talked about an African criminal court but who will appoint the judges?” Ssali wondered.

He said majority of judicial systems in Africa are weak and controlled by the leaders.

Shaka Ssali says organisers only notified him about the rule on not asking President Museveni questions at 1.30pm on Saturday, hours to the presidential debate.

Dr Shaka Ssali says he contemplated recusing himself after organisers of the presidential debate told him about conditions on Saturday afternoon.

Presidential debate organisers had to cave in because they wanted President Museveni to attend.

“I am very sorry for those in the audience who felt that I let them down but I wasn’t hosting Straight Talk Africa.”

Straight Talk Africa follows a different format and the Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) also had their own rules.

IRCU gave in a lot of concessions and one of them was, ‘Under no circumstances would Shaka engage President Museveni”.

Aside from the criticism, Ssali said the debate was a good thing and gave Uganda a semblance of democracy.

He said the winner of the debate were the People of Uganda.

“President Museveni was OK, and on Auto-Pilot. Amama Mbabazi did much better than the 1st Debate. Joseph Elton Mabirizi did remarkably well. Whether Mabirizi or Kyalya, all 7 candidates performed remarkably well. Besigye did remarkably well.”sa

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