Magufuli calls on ICC to ‘lock up’ Museveni

This was the scene at the entrance to the Omusinga's palace in Kasese last weekend. These were the king's palace guards who were massacred and their bodies dumped by security forces right in front of the palace main gates.
A king’s palace lies desolate. This was the scene at the entrance to the Omusinga’s palace in Kasese last weekend. The king’s palace guards were burnt alive, massacred and their bodies dumped by security forces right in front of the palace main gates. How can the Western world keep silent about this massacre?

By Henry D Gombya in London, Julius Odeke-Onyango and Jessica A Badebye in Kampala

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has called upon the International Criminal Court (ICC) to ‘lock up’ his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the ordering of extrajudicial killings that took place in Kasese, Western Uganda last weekend.

In condemning the Ugandan leader, Dr Magufuli once again broke diplomatic protocol by seeming to interfere in the internal affairs of a sister country. But tell that to the relatives of those killed in what has now come to be known as the Kasese Massacres. Mugufuli’s intervention is surely music to their ears. The Tanzanian leader who came to power early this year, had just recently condemned corruption in Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government and there are unconfirmed rumours that he is considering breaking ties with Kenya, a move that would create political upheaval in East Africa.

Until now, African leaders have looked away as their colleagues have now and then committed gross human rights abuses. Speaking in Swahili, his country’s national language, Dr Magufuli said: “Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki yaitaji aina ya viongozi walio na hekima na utu. Rais wa Uganda Bw Museveni ni aibu kubwa sana kwa Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki. ICC yapaswa kumfunga Museveni kwa mauaji yaotokea huko Kasese (East African Community needs respectable leaders who also have wisdom… The president of Uganda, Mr Museveni, is a disgrace in the East African Community. ICC should imprison him for the killings that took place in Kasese).”

Dr Magufuli becomes the only one of four East African leaders, excluding Museveni, who has come out to  openly  condemn last weekend’s killings of a constitutional leader’s palace guards that left at least 65 people killed and hundreds arrested, although unconfirmed reports say the death toll is much higher. This is not the first time that Tanzanian leaders have found it right to interfere in Uganda’s personal affairs. In 1987, then President Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the country’s revered leader and respectively referred to as ‘the Father of the Nation’ offered his country’s troops to Ugandan exiles based in his country and invaded Uganda resulting in the overthrow of yet another Ugandan dictator, Gen Idi Amin.

3 thoughts on “Magufuli calls on ICC to ‘lock up’ Museveni

  • December 11, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Tanzanians and the people of East Africa will never accept such fabrication with highest level of malicious intend. Neither Magufuli nor Museveni will be able to waste his precious time for considering such nonesense.
    Those who are trying to cook the false information about President must understand the fact that the whole globe knows who is he. And those media and social networks which have given themselves a job of demaging the good image of Magufuli should understanding that they are damaging their own reputation.

    Please stop this none sense.

    • December 11, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      We don’t know which script you were reading but Dr Magufuli’s action regarding the killings in Kasese has been praised all around the globe. If you think this damaged his reputation, we beg to differ.

  • December 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Personally am upset with the decision our president reached, to set ablaze the Omusinga’s Palace, kill people…they are now many orphans, widows and widowers…what next for them?? if wishes were horses… Mr. Museveni will answer…for God and my Country.


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