The Whites blinded by their inherent arrogance, tending to think that Africans and the rest of the races are too foolish to figure out that which is deceptive. This is exactly why their walking stick, passing itself off as a defender of human rights and, miscalled International Criminal Court (ICC), recently postured by announcing a set of fresh charges of torture against the President of Uganda, Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, his son, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, and the Speaker of Uganda’s National Assembly, Annet Annita Among Magogo, among others.
While I know Uganda’s president and his son have occassioned some human rights abuses to a number of Ugandans either directly or indirectly, I also know that the fresh charges against them at the ICC are merely an afterthought by the Whites. Those charges have been lying with the ICC since 2021 when, members of the Ugandan security services,plus paramilitary groups allegedly allied with the State, to torture and kill people.
Those alleged victims were suspected to be supporters of Bobi Wine who was presently and promisingly in the presidential race to grab president Museveni’s State House job. President Museveni has since stated only fifty four people lost their lives. But even without necessarily admitting any involvement in those murders himself as an individual. Since that time, no effort had been made by the ICC to draw up and deliver summons to the president and the other maligningly accused personalities.
It’s when and after the president had signed into law, the Anti-gays Bill. That is when the ICC working on the instructions of their benefactors and masters in the West, rushed and dusted off the old charges. The intention of that clearly, wasn’t to seriously accuse the alleged perpetrators of torture against Ugandans. But those charges were being instead merely used by the ICC as tools of blackmail.
And as bargain chips to intimidate the alleged suspects to withdraw the Anti-gays law. Turning to Speaker Annet Annita Among Magogo, following the passing of the Anti-gays Bill in a plenary sitting she presided over. Days later, the American Embassy in Kampala tellingly and unsurprisingly revoked Among’s Visa and that of the mover, MP Asuman Basalirwa.
The Embassy had before then, spent loads of time while vigorously making all kinds of threats against Among and the lawmakers if the National Assembly went ahead and passed the Bill. Well, Among went ahead and passed the Bill. She even mocked the Whites and the US that her life and sustainence didn’t depend on them. The West shot back, saying that more sanctions were on the way.
Small wonder, the West’s robot in ICC, has since danced along by implicating the Speaker. The Speaker done with the approval of the Bill, the West now turned the pressure on the president himself. That group proceeded to make threats about how they were going to freeze the aid coming to Uganda. Having told them that Ugandans are better off without aid conditioned on immorality, the Ugandan Head of State, Gen Museveni signed off the Bill into law.
And what better way to revenge against Gen Museveni, than to press old charges against him, members of his family, members of his government, high-ranking officials of the army, of which, he is the commander-in-chief?Well, at the time some of the former commanders of warlord Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group were being arraigned before the ICC over crimes against humanity.
Voices rang out loudly calling for the arraignment as well of several high-ranking officials of UPDF. Those included the president himself and possibly Gen David Sejusa then Tinyefuuza. Tinyefuuza had before then, been accused of roasting alive innocent people in the north as he commanded the war there. It had been said that Tinyefuuza had done that by locking up his victims in a railway wagon.
Under that wagon, Tinyefuuza had been accused, of having started fire right there under it, which had gone on, allegedly, to choke and roast the victims alive. Not only did the ICC did what it was being asked to do to the president. But it’s then own prosecutor instead moved up to Kampala to take photos with the president.Nothing was done about allegations raised against Tinyefuuza. Neither did the ICC attempt to retrieve him for trial at Hague when he had finally gone into exile in the West.
Other than arresting him and taking him to Hague for trial. As the West dictates to South Africa currently to do in case Russia’s Vladimir Putin lands there. United Kingdom, a top member of ICC, instead not only offered shelter to Sejusa. But also went on to protect him from any arrest or prosecution by the government back in Kampala. Going to Saudi Arabia, there gays are usually stoned to death.
And the West has never brought any charges against the leaders in South Africa. The US which backs the prosecution of other leaders and members of other races have themselves refused to ratify the law setting up ICC. And the US doesn’t take lightly any would be move by the ICC to prosecute it’s soldiers or leaders caught up in crimes against humanity.
Yet the US supports the prosecution of Vladimir Putin at ICC. Nevermind that Russia doesn’t recognize the jurisdiction of that court too. For the ICC to gain wide appeal, they should stop taking cases only and only when they have found it expedient. They should act when any wrong over which it is vested with jurisdiction, is detected and reported to it, rather than selectively choosing who to prosecute and who to favor.
- Mr. Stephen Kasozi Muwambi is a seasoned crime investigative writer, majoring in judicial-based stories. His two decades’ experience as a senior investigative journalist has made him one of the best to reckon on in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected]
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