Tanzania, Uganda against ICC Burundi probe

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© AFP/File | Tens of thousands of Burundians have fled to the eastern DR Congo to escape a wave of violence that unfurled in 2015 after Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza sought a fiercely contested third term in office
KAMPALA – Uganda and Tanzania have expressed their displeasure about the decision by the International Criminal Court to start probing the government of Burundi for war crimes.

Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Saturday said the planned ICC probe against the government of Burundi would jeopardise the negotiations between the government and the opposition.

A statement from the Tanzanian presidency said Magufuli and Museveni condemned the move, during a meeting in western Uganda.

Mugufuli had been on the three-day state visit in Uganda. “President Magufuli said this decision compromised efforts by the East African Community, which has put in place a committee charged with seeking a resolution to the Burundi conflict, led by President Yoweri Museveni and former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa,” said the statement.

Museveni, who is the chairman of the East African Community is the also the mediator of the Burundian peace process.  He said ICC was interfering in the affairs of the Burundi.

Magufuli said “the situation in Burundi is not as bad as it has been described (by the ICC) because numerous Burundian refugees have already returned home”, said the statement.

On Thursday, the ICC said it still retains jurisdiction over the situation even though Burundi’s withdrawal from the ICC Rome Statute came into effect on 27 October 2017.

Jelena Pia-Comella, the deputy executive director of the Coalition for the ICC said the court was responding to a crisis that has seen thousands killed or disappeared and up to 500,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries, creating further instability in a region that is still emerging from the horrors of the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

The Hague-based court says widespread and systemic patterns of violations were allegedly conducted by state security forces against civilians opposed to President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office.

The crimes, according to ICC, have been widely documented by United Nations investigators and civil society organizations, “who themselves have been subject to severe repression”.

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  1. Subject: “Tanzania, Uganda against ICC Burundi probe”, Nov 12, 2017

    Commentary, 12 Nov 2017
    ICC will never solve the problem of Africa. And the establishment of that organization has NOTHING to do with Africa. If we have to be blunt further: It is primarily a source of employment for other nationalities — not for Africans, though a drop here and there would be displayed for ‘exhibition’ of equality of employment. [I stand to be corrected, with apology]

    Now let us go to the role of the illustrious Leaders [and let us be frank and call a spade a spade >>>they are absolute Dictators] of Uganda and Tanzaniaya. Dictators never care about People but themselves. Anyway, let us understand that the “ICC probe” deals with Burundi — not Uganda or Tanzaniya. So, why do the two neighbouring Leaders take the matter as attorneys for Burundi?

    Besides, they have their own internal problems to solve without interfering in the affairs of others. One can’t help raising, for example, the hot issue in Uganda about the Dictator’s desire to rule Uganda for Life [and possibly to follow by his wife and Family]. There are hundred and one problems in each African countries, awaiting to be solved. Yet, these two Presidents are squandering precious time on some gallantry show piece.

    The African internal problems will NEVER be solved by Dictators who feel the Land & People therein belongs to them for Life. This is not an exaggeration. If people do not have a say (a handle) on their own Life then, it goes without saying, they are empty shells to be kicked around until their last breathe on Earth. This is what is happening in Africa.

    In such an atmosphere, and for lack of appropriate and scientific explanation, one can’t help reverting to the Almighty God for a good hand — though our spiritual awareness indicate to us that God himself seems to give a blind eye to African Woes !!! THE END

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