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Uganda Government News: Museveni wants AU to handle Bashir issue

Posted by African Press International on August 3, 2008

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the African Union should be leff to find a solution to the Darfur crisis, instead of indicting Sudanese President Omar El Bashir.

Museveni who addressed a press conference at State House Nakasero yesterday said that western countries prescribe wrong medicine for African problems, yet Africans can solve the problems by themselves.

He was reacting to the proposal by the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor to indict the Sudan president to face war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur.

Museveni said Uganda does not condemn nor condone the proposed indictments, but is for an African solution to the conflict in Darfur.

The President also talked at length about the need for him and the Kabaaka of Buganda to meet face to face and mend their souring relations.

But the Baganda have been insisting that according to tradition, the Kabaka can not meet with anyone to discuss issues, and whoever wants to discuss with the Kabaka has to do so with the Katikiro (Buganda kingdom prime minister).

But Museveni says it is unavoidable for the President to meet the Kabaka or any other cultural leader if they hold contentious views about issues that affect the people they are both concerned about.

He also defended the re-arresting of three Buganda kingdom officials after they had been released, instead blaming the Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate who ordered the unconditional release of the three officials.



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