Museveni supports South Africa’s ICC exit decision

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

              Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

President Yoweri Museveni has backed South Africa’s decision to pull out of the International Criminal Court.

South Africa has formally started the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and has since notified the UN of its decision.

When asked for a comment by reporters on his arrival at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport for a state visit President Museveni said: “Very good, very good. I support its (decision].ICC is useless.”

President Museveni did not say why Uganda was yet to or if it intends to pull out of ICC.

While in Zambia, the Ugandan leader will hold talks with President Edgar Lungu, attend Independence Day celebrations Monday and meet that country’s first president Kenneth Kaunda.

The ICC has a fractious relationship with the African continent.

Up to 34 African nations voluntarily signed up to the court’s jurisdiction but in recent years a handful of regimes have decided their idea of international justice does not suit with that set out in the Rome Statute.

The African Union (AU) has urged member states not to co-operate with the ICC, accusing it of being racially biased against Africa by failing to prosecute suspected war criminals from other parts of the world.

The ICC has always denied the allegation.

The 124-member ICC opened in 2002 and was the first legal body with permanent international jurisdiction to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Burundi like Namibia has said it would pull out of the ICC with several other African states taking a similar stance.

Kenya was also highly critical of ICC and Africans have received the decision by South Africa with mixed views.

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