The International Criminal Court (ICC) has responded to the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni who on Thursday called the court a “bunch of useless people”.
While introducing Sudan president Omar al-Bashir at Kololo independence grounds, Museveni said at first he supported ICC thinking they were serious people only to realise that they were “useless”.
The presence of Bashir in Uganda and the “disparaging remarks” forced European Union, US and Canadian diplomats to walk out of Museveni’s ceremony.
A local radio K-FM quotes Phakiso Mochochoko, Director Jurisdiction Complementary and Corporation Division of the ICC, saying “no African president can stop our operations”.
Phakiso was visiting villages in Northern Uganda that were affected by the two decade war led by Joseph Kony the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army.
He is quoted saying ICC still has a strong ground and is maintaining the same position that African leaders shall not block its operations.
The US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Bureau of African Affairs, Bruce Wharton, has since accused Museveni of mocking victims of the Darfur war that claimed thousands of lives at the hands of Bashir.
Museveni, on the other hand, insists no one will lecture him on how to run his country.