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October 9, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has slammed the International Criminal Court (ICC) over its heavy focus on African leaders.

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Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni reacts during a news conference at the Nakasero State Lodge in the capital, Kampala, on 16 October 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

He accused the court of setting its agenda to target leaders from the continent, urging African leaders to work towards withdrawing their membership.

Museveni was speaking at a mass service to mark the 52nd anniversary of Uganda’s independence,

He says he invited heads of state and government from across the region to the country’s independence celebrations.

The African Union is currently reviewing its relationship with the ICC, which is based in The Hague, Netherlands.

“I support for membership withdrawal. The court has no sense, only with an aim to target our leaders in the region,” Museveni told the service at Kololo on Thursday.

Museveni’s comments come after Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta stepped down earlier this week, handing over power to his deputy, William Ruto, in order to face charges brought against him by the ICC as an ordinary citizen.

The charges relate to post-election violence in 2007 Kenyatta is accused of masterminding in which thousands of Kenyans died.

The ICC has indicted several African leaders, including Sudan’s president, Omer Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of committing atrocities amounting to genocide in the western Darfur region.

Bashir has refused to cooperate with the court and rejects warrants issued for his arrest.

Kenyatta, who is charged with committing crimes against humanity, is the first sitting head of state to appear before the ICC.

The case has angered many African leaders, who accuse the court of bias and are calling for sitting heads of state and government to be exempt from prosecution, saying such moves infringe on the sovereignty of nations.

The Ugandan president has urged African leaders to unite and work for peace and development across the continent.

The presidents of Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya sent their representatives to attend independence celebrations in Uganda.

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  • 10 October 2014 08:50, by Padiet Deng Alony

    if African can solve their problem amicably then they can have their own crimal court in African to solve their own problem if they can manage to do that. on other side they can also be a members in internation CC. the problem of Africa leaders is that they can not solve their own problem in the African continent that is why they are always help by international communities.African is a part of IC

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    • 11 October 2014 07:06, by Ahmed Chol

      If Uganda withdraw its membership, then the ICC should drop charges against Joseph Konyi because that has no sense according to Museveni.

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  • 10 October 2014 08:54, by Ross

    Dear All;
    You are now aware about the statement of thru.In my understanding,most of African leaders has committed crimes again humanity,hence they must cooperate so that they get more chance to kill and no one will be ask.

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  • 10 October 2014 09:41, by dinkdong

    "Ugandan president calls on African countries to withdraw from ICC," so they can stay in powers for life and mistreat citizens they dislike. Stupid Museveni!

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  • 10 October 2014 10:15, by Ayuen deng

    If i’m a president in Africa i will not fear ICC because its does not work in the west why in Africa ?

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    • 10 October 2014 10:33, by michael coma

      Hahahahhahhaha.Those who support ICC are idiot.ICC is for generation to generation here in Africa as power is not for those who are currently in now but some people who will come to power tomorrow.Don’t talk of today as tomorrow has its problems.

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      • 10 October 2014 10:44, by Nguntap

        Dear Ayuen,

        The point here is not ICC working in Africa or west, but WHY Africa kill it own people? WHY do many African leaders kill their own people who voted them into power? To me i appreciate ICC for acting seriously in African if it can stop or frighten African leader to committed atrocities. East African leaders are all killer that why M7 is calling them to withdraw from ICC membership ..

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  • 10 October 2014 11:26, by Naath Raani

    What they have to solve as leaders in Africa is loot money and fed their belly. Idiot M7 plus your wife Kiir will face ICC soon. You like it or not God will be your ICC you killers. We are waiting for you to appeare in court then we will celebrate.

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  • 10 October 2014 12:48, by hellonearth

    Breaking News
    Malakal has been captured SPLA Galant Forces under Riek Machar. Stay Tuned for more to come

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    • 10 October 2014 15:52, by Redeemer

      Capture, capture and capture is not what we are interesting in but we need PEACE

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  • 10 October 2014 20:33, by ForAll

    ICC is only behind Africans while the white killers and criminals are well protected by UNSC.

    What about the ICJ while the 5 permanent members of the UNSC are well protected for whatever they do and commit in the world.

    Yoweri Kaguta you are true Christian who strongly believes in the holy bible

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  • 11 October 2014 00:14, by Northern Sudanese

    are you guys sure that this is the actual museveni we know?

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