The International Criminal Court-ICC has accused President Yoweri Museveni of double standards following his remarks at the swearing in of Uhuru Kenyatta as the fourth president of Kenya at Nairobi-Kasarani Stadium on Tuesday.
During the inauguration, Museveni blasted the ICC saying that it had been taken over by a bunch of self seekers and shallow minded people whose interests is to mint revenge on those who hold opposing views. Without mentioning any names, Museveni said, the election of Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto is a reminder to those using the ICC to blackmail others for selfish reasons that Africa is not a haven for them.
Museveni congratulated Kenyans for voting Kenyatta as Kenya’s fourth president despite his prosecution before the ICC for crimes against humanity. According to Museveni, the 2007 Kenyan post election violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed, was not just regrettable but must be condemned.
He however stressed that in his view, the external legalistic process happening at Hague is not the solution to the electoral violence or African problems. Museveni said that he had backed the ICC at the beginning but that he became disillusioned with it when it started misusing its mandate. The utterances of Museveni have not gone down well with the ICC.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Maria Kamara, the ICC Outreach Program Coordinator criticizes Museveni for unfairly accusing the ICC of blackmailing Kenyans not to vote for Uhuru Kenyatta in the just concluded elections. Kamara explains that ICC has never meddled into Kenyan politics, but instead said it has been accommodative of Kenya’s democratic processes.
She accuses Museveni of double standard arguing that in the past he invited the ICC to arrest and indict Joseph Kony, the elusive commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army Rebels who have wrecked havoc in northern Uganda for decades.