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Museveni: ICC To Blame For Congo Rebellion

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decease http://conocity.eu/wp-includes/simplepie/copyright.php geneva;”>Museveni told the UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, link Hervé Ladsous, that DRC started boiling when some rebels were referred to the ICC.

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“They became wild and continued fighting hard so they were not captured. Uganda has many problems from Amin and Obote but we never referred anyone to the ICC. We must manage our people ourselves because this can be a constituency for trouble,” said Museveni.

“People sent to the ICC have followers. Congo and Rwanda were working very well before this but when that started there was a new outburst,” Museveni further told his guests on Friday at his upcountry home in Rwakitura, Kiruhuura district.

The President was referring to Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda, Col. Makenga among other top army officials who abandoned FARDC, accusing Kinshasha of falling short in honoring its obligations in the 2009 integration accord, before forming the dissident M23.

The mutineers later attacked FARDC positions in Bunagana and Rutshuru where they dislodged the Congo army before capturing other towns in the area.

The crisis saw thousands of Congolese flee to Uganda and Rwanda for refuge.

Subsequently, some western countries suspended aid to Rwanda for allegedly backing M23 rebels, allegations Kigali vehemently denies – saying they are baseless and meant to cover up Kinshasa’s political weakness.

During the meeting, Museveni told Ladsous that people sent to the ICC have followers.

“Congo and Rwanda were working very well before this but when that started there was a new outburst. The South African government handled this through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. If you use external groups to deal with your problem and neglect your own problems, it’s “Using foreign institutions to deal with internal contradictions instead of negotiating with your opponents is a mistake. You can’t rely on the ICC to get rid of your rival”.

Ladsous led a team of 15 people including the Special Representative for the Secretary General and Chief of The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) Roger Meece and the Special Advisor of security based in New York Gen. Babacar Gaye to the president’s home.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Defence Crispus Kiyonga, Foreign Affairs’ Asuman Kiyingi and Uganda’s representative to the UN, Adoniya Ayebare.

Museveni said the DR Congo became a Great Lakes problem because under Mobutu Sese Seko, there was a deliberate threat to its neighbours by design, denying his own people basic rights.

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