UGANDA PRESIDENT SLAMS ICC

Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni has slammed the International Criminal Court based in The Hague in the Netherlands just minutes after being sworn into office for a fifth term here Thursday.

His inauguration by a number of African Heads of State and Government, includign President Omer al-Bashir of Sudan, and his comments came after the ICC asked Uganda to arrest President Bashir, who was invited to the swearing in ceremony

In his speech minutes after being sworn into office, President Museveni took a swipe at the ICC calling the court representatives "a bunch of useless people". He said Uganda had no interest in the ICC, adding to his previous criticism of the court.

Amnesty International says al-Bashir is wanted by the ICC for genocide and Uganda must face up to its international obligations.

The ceremony was attended by leaders from different regions from the continent including South African President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.

Uganda, like South Africa, is a signatory to the Rome Statute. South Africa also did not heed a calls from the ICC to arrest President al-Bashir when he was in Johannesburg to attend a summit of the African Union (AU) in June last year

Source: Nam News Network

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