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Museveni Warns UN Over African Union

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“Where there is need to fight for freedom, the oppressed people can fight for themselves. They do not have to be sponsored by external forces. Those who seek external sponsorship as their primary aim, are suspect to say the least,” Museveni said.

While addressing the 68 United Nations General Assembly summit in New York, Museveni lashed out at international actors who have made it a habit to ignore African Union positions on African matters describing it as wrong and arrogant.

“I cannot forget to point out to the Assembly our anger vis-a-vis actors who are beginning to make it a habit to ignore African Union positions on African matters. One of our slogans in the decolonization struggle was: “African for the Africans”. Some people seem to think that that was an empty slogan,” explained the president.

Museveni added that although the patriotic forces have been taken by surprise by this renewed arrogance by the old mistake makers, they will react appropriately to insure Africa against “hegemonism”.

The president therefore pointed out that the latest manifestation of arrogance by ICC in relation to the elected leaders of Kenya, saying that many African countries supported the setting up of ICC because they don’t want impunity.

“However, the ICC in a shallow and biased way has continued to mishandle complex African issues. This is not acceptable. The ICC should stop. Our advice to them is from very capable actors who know what they are doing and saying. Kenya is recovering. Let her recover. We know the origin of the past mistakes. The ICC way is not the right one to handle those mistakes,” Museveni warned.

The President cautioned that as part of the global partnership, we should be very careful not to lose the relaxation in global tensions that came with the end of the Cold War.

This comes in few days after the ICC rejected African Union’s request to secure non-enforcement of compulsory appearance by Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto during their post election violence trial at Hague.

The AU had pointed out the constitutional obligation of one of them staying back to oversee the running of the country and prayed for limited appearance at the Netherlands based court.

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