UGANDAN President Yoweri Museveni has lambasted the International Criminal Court (ICC) describing it as a bunch of useless people which African countries should have no business with because it does not mean well.
And Gen. Museveni has pledged to transform Uganda into a middle income country by 2020 through the maximisation of its potential in the energy, manufacturing, agriculture and transport sectors which will in turn create jobs and increase the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Speaking after being sworn in as Uganda’s president- at the inauguration ceremony held at the Kololo Independence Grounds yesterday, Gen. Museveni advised international bodies not to interfere with African countries as they had the potential to govern themselves.
“The ICC is none of our business. It is a useless organisation. We supported the organisation when it was formed but we have now realised that it is just a bunch of useless people. International organisations should allow Africa to run its own affairs without interference,” Gen. Museveni said.
And Gen. Museveni has pledged to transform the country’s economy in the next five years that he will be in office through value addition to the country’s produce and increasing exports, thereby increasing foreign exchange.
“The National Resistance Movement (NRM) has been in power for the last 30 years and has brought Uganda from the abyss of insecurity and despair to now the threshold of becoming a middle-income country by 2020.
“We would indeed have already become a middle-income country if we had more decisively handled the issue of exports. We shall work hard to export more quantities and of higher value of commodities because when we export unprocessed materials, we get less value and create less jobs,” he said.
Speaking at the same event, African Union (AU) chairperson Idriss Deby called for unity among African countries if they were to attain goals they had set for themselves.
Mr. Deby, who is Chad’s President, noted that peace and security among African countries were key to fostering meaningful development.
President Edgar Lungu was among 16 Heads of States, who attended the inauguration ceremony which was also attended by South African President Jacob Zuma, Republic of South Sudan President Salva Kiir, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Togolese Republic President Faure Essozimna, Federal Republic of Somalia, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, United Republic of Tanzania President John Magufuli, among others.