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Ugandan president does not condemn ICC indictments against Sudan’s Bashir


August 2, 2008 (ENTEBBE) – The Ugandan President today said he does not condemn the indictment by the International Criminal Court Prosecutor adding that African are to blame for not investigating Darfur crimes.

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Yoweri Museveni

The ICC’s prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked pre-trial judges on Monday to issue arrest warrants for Sudan’s head of state.

Ocampo filed 10 charges: three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. Judges are expected to take months to study the evidence before deciding whether to order Al-Bashir’s arrest.

"The correct position of the AU should be to investigate ourselves. We don’t condemn the indictments but the AU should conduct investigations itself so that we decide on our own," Yoweri Museveni said in a press conference on Saturday.

"You may get people misbehaving. Is it Bashir who ordered them to do so?" Museveni wondered, replying to a journalist’s question.

"You cannot stand up and say: ‘Don’t touch Bashir because he is a president.’ Suppose he made those mistakes. If you take that position, you will be ignoring the right of the victims," he added.

After talks with the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on July 30 in Kampala, Museveni supported the African Union’s position that Bashir be given time to implement a ceasefire in the western Sudan region of Darfur.

Eight days before on July 22, Museveni held talks with the Sudanese First Vice President, Salva Kiir Mayadrit. In a joint press conference, the Ugandan President said Bashir’s indictment would hinder the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

Due to his bad relations with president Bashir, Museveni was the sole head of state to be met by Salva Kiir Mayadrit who is also the head of a crisis committee to deal will Darfur crimes case against the Sudanese president.

Museveni further said he believed that Sudan had also "committed war crimes by supporting the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army" which fight against Museveni army since 21 year in northern Uganda

"The Lord’s Resistance Army — led by Joseph Kony, using bases in Sudan and with the backing of Khartoum government — has caused untold suffering to millions of people in northern Uganda," he said.

Since the rejection of LRA leader, Joseph Kony, to sign a deal with Ugandan government, president Museveni steps up criticism against the Sudanese government.

On April 30, he lashed out at Khartoum saying is works to destabilise his government. He further said that U army is not fighting the rebel LRA but the Sudanese army.

In the past the Ugandan government accused regularly Khartoum of supplying arms, food and shelter to Kony in order to fight his government. But Kampala had stopped these accusations following the signing of a peace deal between Sudanese government and the former rebel SPLA in January 2005.

However in November 2006, Uganda renewed its allegations saying that Khartoum had created "Sudan LRA" and ordered it to attack civilians in the region.

Museveni took power through a military coup in 1986, three years before Bashir seized power in Khartoum.


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  • 3 August 2008 05:49, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Absolutely your right Mr Museveni I would like say thank you a lot , this guys called barshit/bashir and his close friend Konye should be dealt properly and they must face the ICC by all meant, these guys are criminals and they must not miss their fair trials by ICC.
    Bashir is just pretending to show braveness because china and Russia plus his bloody Arabs countries are acting serious for him, but I personal agreed that he must get fair trial from ICC followed by his friend LRA leader

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    • 3 August 2008 06:39, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

      If we could find more than one hundred presidents like Mr. Museveni in Africa, then the citizens of Africa will be very proud to know the laws on how they can be judge the wrong doers of our individual like the way cases are being judge properly here in the western world. Therefore, I call upon, and ask my fellows Africans leaders to change their wrong leadership ideology of which they have been mistreated their own brothers and sisters in Africa badly. These leaders, they need to learn on how they can treat all human being, know also that we were been born equally with the same mentally. So, why is the leadership in Africa is in miserable? God please give your wisdom to our dearly leaders of Africa so that they can be able to handling the lives of their own people like the egg and the new born baby?


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  • 3 August 2008 13:43, by Allaman Ikoilaman

    Yes, Museveni is never a hypocrit but his problem is airing out the truths with no fear or favour. Bravo, you really got right the route causes of the created Sudan-LRA, by Bashir, funding them to fight Uganda government. Other African leaders like Mbeki of South Africa with others, are on the forefront of the attrocities committed in Darfur. I thank Museveni and Wade, who really knocked the right nail on the right head.

    AU is just an innert and toothless body in settling problems in Africa, only being driven by Egypt and Libya, these countries which serve from both sides of Africa, as on the other hand pretending to be from Arab World.

    If really black African countries can come together, leaving alone, Egypt and Libya, Darfur problem could be solved easily. But because the mentioned countries, have strings attached, since they want to clear out Darfurians from their land because they want to resettle Arabs from these over populated countries to Darfur Region illegally.But the like of Tabu Mbeki, is being driven blindly, what a shame !.

    Watch out.


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    • 5 August 2008 14:06, by Yual John Nguth

      The Truth Will Triumph

      Your words are so convinced in the circumstances of this state of confusion between African leaders,and the Islamic world on Bashir’s indictment by the ICC. I do categorize president Museveni statement as realistic, because good leaders relied on precise analysis. The African leaders fail to distinguish the problem in this continent where they only wait for the cleansing of Dafurian and many more who had gone before.
      President Museveni stood on truth, in reality truth is defined as: “A proven or verified fact, principle and soon, the quality or being true is good; as, Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been; or shall be.”
      A true leader is one who stands on his own word; a verified fact; a true statement or proposition; an established principle, fixed by law and defined by integrity, or the like; as, the great truths of morals.
      Being in the nouns form it refers to the quality of being in accord with fact or reality. Truth is a comprehensive term that in all of its nuances implies accuracy and honesty: Charles Seymour said, “We seek the truth, and will endure the consequences."
      Reality is that which is considered to be the supreme authenticity and to have the ultimate meaning and value of existence.
      Why I choose to use the definition of the truth is the fact that only few follow guys who know the truth when it comes to the verdict and philosophical logical ideal. Those who are on side of fact always die on it without being apologetic. A fact that has been verified by Museveni while others African leaders hide behind the picture at last he (Museveni) knew it and revealed the truth, the truth is that he didn’t want to buried it in his heart.
      Thanks Mr. President those who love the truth will take your stand in consideration.

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  • 5 August 2008 16:17, by Gatdelha

    President Yoweri Museveni and Robert Mogabi are real Africans, they love African and they are not cowed by Arab or western worlds!

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  • 5 August 2008 16:19, by Gatdelha

    President Yoweri Museveni and Robert Mogabi are real Africans, they love African and they are not cowed by Arab or western worlds!!

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  • 6 August 2008 08:42, by lojur lokiden

    Bravo Yoweri.
    The AU is actually under the control of th Khartoum gov`t. BUT why? Is it because those Arabs are using the oil many for bribing them?
    If all the African leaders are thinking like Museveni then Terrorist Bashir would have been indicted by the AU before the ICC. All the african leaders are asleep except Museveni.
    Bravo Yuweri Kagutta Museveni!!

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