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ICC a bunch of losers
13 May 2016

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (left), President Mugabe, King Letsie III of Lesotho (third from left) and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit follow proceedings during the swearing-in of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala yesterday.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni yesterday branded the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a “bunch of useless people who should not be taken seriously.” His sentiments echoes that of President Mugabe who last year attacked the ICC.

Speaking during his swearing — in ceremony yesterday at the Kololo Ceremonial Ground, where President Mugabe received a thunderous ovation after being introduced to the crowd, the Ugandan leader attacked the ICC that has been accused of being biased against African leaders.

President Museveni introduced the leader of Sudan Omar al-Bashir who last year had to hurriedly leave the African Union Summit in South Africa to avoid arrest over alleged war crimes charges pressed by the ICC.

When he left SA, President Mugabe, who was at the time the AU chairman, attacked the ICC saying: “This is not the headquarters of the ICC; we don’t want it in this region at all.”

Yesterday, President Museveni spoke in reference to the incident saying Africa should not take the ICC seriously.

“When they started, we used to take the ICC serious but not anymore. They are a bunch of useless people who should not be taken serious. We have no business with ICC and so we welcome our brother from Sudan President al-Bashir,” he said to wild cheers from the crowd that packed the ground.

Later, the crowd went into a frenzy as President Mugabe walked to take his seat in the VIP tent, with some Ugandans heard shouting: “This is the President of Africa!”

President Museveni went on to describe President Mugabe as “our Mzee” and the cheers grew even louder.

President Museveni won the February 18, 2016 elections by 60 percent while his main challenger Kizza Besigye garnered 35 percent.



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