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East African Court To Hear “Crimes Against Humanity”

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pill http://cfsk.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes/medium.php geneva;”>Sitting in Arusha, page http://contentisbae.com/wp-admin/includes/class-file-upload-upgrader.php Tanzania on Sunday, information pills http://centroilponte.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-event-calendar/lib/scheduling/exception.php the heads-of-state agreed to support the extension of the jurisdiction of the East African Court to cover, among others crimes, crimes against humanity.

The Chairman of the East African Community, President Yoweri Museveni, chaired the 11th Extra-Ordinary summit of EAC Heads of State at Ngurudoto Mountain Lodge.

The summit noted the report by the Council of Ministers that in order to have an informed position on the matter (prosecution of crimes against humanity), a comprehensive paper has been developed and circulated to partner states for study and comments.

It was reported that the Council directed the partner states to submit comments on the technical paper and set a date for finalisation of extension of jurisdiction of the East African Court of Justice for consideration by the summit.

Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame have in recent months stepped up criticism against the operations of ICC, accusing the Hague-based court of politicizing justice and targeting African leaders.

Speaking at the inauguration of Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, Museveni saluted Kenya for the “rejection of the blackmail by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and those who seek to abuse this institution for their own agenda.”

“I was one of those that supported the ICC because I abhor impunity. However, the usual opinionated and arrogant actors using their careless analysis have distorted the purpose of that institution,” said Museveni.

“They are now using it to install leaders of their choice in Africa and eliminate the ones they do not like. What happened here in 2007 was regrettable and must be condemned,” he emphasized.

The President said a legalistic process, especially an external one, however, cannot address those events.

“Events of this nature first and most importantly, need an ideological solution by discerning why they happened. Why did inter community violence occur? Was it for genuine or false reasons?” he challenged the audience.

“Even if you assume they were genuine reasons as a hypothetical argument, why should villagers attack one another? Would the villagers have been responsible for whatever mistakes that would have occurred?” he further asked.

He said instead of a thorough and thoughtful process, “we have individuals engaged in legal gymnastics!”

He added: “In Uganda’s case, between 1966 and 1986, we lost about 800,000 persons killed by the leaders who were in charge of the country. How did we handle that sad history? Have you ever heard us asking ICC or the UN to come and help us deal with that sad chapter of our history?”

“We only referred Joseph Kony of LRA to ICC because he was operating outside Uganda. Otherwise, we would have handled him ourselves. Equally, Kenyan actors are the ones best qualified to sit and delve into their history in order to discover the ideological stimuli the Kenyan society needs,” said Museveni.

“I, therefore, use this opportunity to salute the Kenyan voters again, rejecting that blackmail and upholding the sovereignty of the Kenyan people.”

The ICC has in recent years come under fire for selectively targeting African leaders and shutting their eyes to atrocities committed by western politicians especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Experts say by forming a separate court to handle cases of crimes against humanity, EAC leaders are trying to avoid prosecution at the ICC.

Meanwhile, the Arusha summit appointed judges from of Rwanda as new Judges of the East African Court of Justice.

Justice Dr. Faustine Ntezilyayo and Justice Iboire Nkurunziza were sworn in.

The Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Hon. Shem Bageine, presented other items for consideration by the summit out of the 25th ordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers that took place on April 25, 2013.

The contract of service of Dr. Julius Tangus Rotich, Deputy Secretary General of the Community since 18th of June 2010, expired.

The Summit, therefore, appointed another Kenyan national, Charles Jackson Kinyanjui Njoroge.

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