Why Ugandan President Museveni is a Fighter for African Liberation
And why the Call to Boycott the ICC is a much needed breath of confidence in Africa
Sons of Malcolm
12 Dec 2014
While with all phenomenons in human life one can find elements of contradiction and things one may not subjectively like, or that objectively may not contribute to our peoples liberation, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni and the Ugandan state is an interesting component part of the African liberation and there are many things positively worth appreciating about them.
While I may have some criticisms of a lighter or deeper kind towards Museveni especially on Ugandan involvement on DR Congo, and perhaps South Sudan as well as some internal machinations in Uganda in the leadership that leaves some space for criticism and discussion internally to our anti-imperialist and decolonial circles. Nonetheless, there is much to celebrate about him and Uganda.
Museveni is a PanAfricanist of the revolutionary old school, around the strugglers who congregated around Dar-es-Salaam in the late 1960s. Some of his closest comrades have been revolutionary PanAfricanists and Marxist-Leninist PanAfricanists such as Chango Machyo.
In the final period of the revolutionary Black Revolution against apartheid in South Africa, Uganda was the main base in Africa for the ANC armed wing - Umkhonto we Sizwe.
Museveni has for a long time held close unity relations with China, Cuba and Socialist Korea. Museveni personally greets many delegations from Socialist Korea, even middle ranking delegations such is his affinity with our Korean comrades.
Also Uganda was for a while the main African governments to support the world revolutionary centre of the Gaddafi/Libyan initiated Mathaba.
For these reasons and others, Uganda has been a target for neo-colonial white supremacist regime change, with the masses in the west being brain washed into thinking it is a terrible dictatorship with child soldier militias running the place amok, while the same powers never of course mention their own complicity and role in some of the tragic elements in Uganda and the region.
The following call made by Museveni is a much needed boost of confidence to African liberation, especially as the continent is still reeling in some important respects from the debacle of the nato war that destroyed Libya in 2011 and its terrible fall out across the continent. Obviously Museveni has had enough of the neo-colonial ICC after it tried and failed to formally criminalise Kenyan President Kenyatta, with Kenya still also being a target for destruction by neo-colonialism, especially as Africa and Kenya become close strategically to the GlobalSouth and part of its leadership in Beijing.
For saying what he has, Museveni will be subject to even greater covert operations for destruction by neo-colonialism, as we can see what has happened to Lumumba and Gaddafi for standing up tall and proud against the 'west', however there are also many examples across Africa, not least Algeria, SADC, Mugabe and many others that show unity and struggle can show great returns to our peoples there.
Uganda's Museveni calls on African nations to quit the ICC
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni on Friday called on African nations to drop out of the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court, amid accusations that it unfairly targets Africans.
"I will bring a motion to the African Union’s next session. I want all of us to get out of that court of the West. Let them (Westerners) stay with their court," he said in Swahili.
Prosecutors dropped charges of crimes against humanity against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta last week, but the trial of his deputy William Ruto on similar charges is under way at the Hague-based court.
Museveni, addressing a ceremony to mark Kenya's 51 years of independence from Britain, criticized the ICC for continuing with Ruto's case despite an African Union (AU) resolution that no sitting African head of state or deputy should be tried at the court.
"With connivance, they are putting Deputy President Ruto, someone who has been elected by Kenyans, in front of the court there in Europe," he said.
The AU is scheduled to hold its annual summit of heads of state in Ethiopia at the end of January, but has not announced a specific date.
The collapse of the Kenyatta case was a blow to the court, which has secured only two convictions, both against little-known Congolese warlords, and has yet to prove it can hold the powerful to account.
Many Africans accuse the ICC of unfairly targeting their continent. Museveni said he had backed the court before it turned into a tool for "oppressing Africa".
"I supported the court at first because I like discipline. I don’t want people to err without accountability," he said.
"But they have turned it into a vessel for oppressing Africa again so I’m done with that court. I won’t work with them again."
Uganda has in the past sought the assistance of the ICC in bringing rebel warlord Joseph Kony to account for war crimes in northern Uganda over two decades.
Kenyatta and Ruto also addressed the ceremony in an open-air stadium in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, saying they were confident Ruto and his co-accused would also be vindicated.
"I ask you all to join me in supporting my deputy and his co-accused as they also await their overdue vindication," Kenyatta said.