Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni lashed out at the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing the body of ‘mishandling complex African issues with bias’
President Museveni made these stinging remarks while addressing the 68th United Nations General Assembly, New York.
The president cited Kenya as a case point saying “The ICC, in a shallow, biased way has continued to mishandle complex African issues,” he stated. “The ICC should stop…Kenya is recovering. Let her recover.”
President Museveni emphasized African anger regarding “actors who are beginning to make it a habit to ignore African Union positions on African matters.”
Museveni is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance.
Apart from bashing the ICC, President Museveni stated that well-managed natural resources can transform African economies.
With the country’s own income flow from the exploitation of oil and gas resources, Uganda is now able to transform itself into a modern, sustainable economy, the President said.
“With the resources from oil and gas, we shall be able to fund all our infrastructure needs,” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said in his presentation on the first day of the Assembly’s annual General Debate. “The future is bright and our forward movement is irreversible,” he added.
While outlining Uganda’s struggle for socio-economic transformation, he said, “our biggest problem was funding; the small colonial modern economy was destroyed by Idi Amin.”
The president said that despite mistakes by some actors, Uganda had been able to achieve many of the Millennium Development goals, he said, concluding that, “Without any doubt, Uganda and much of Africa are moving forward robustly.”