Tanzania, Uganda leaders criticise ICC over Burundi investigation

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The leaders of Tanzania and Uganda have criticised the International Criminal Court (ICC) over its investigation into human rights abuses in Burundi.

Tanzania President John Magufuli and Uganda President Yoweri Museveni accused the ICC in separate statements of interfering in the East African Community’s  efforts to bring an end to the conflict in Burundi.

Leaders criticise the ICC

A statement from the office of Tanzanian president John Magufuli said the court’s investigation ” compromised efforts” of the East African Community (EAC), which has assigned a committee “charged with seeking a resolution to the Burundi conflict.”

This committee is led by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa. Museveni has also accused the ICC of “interfering in the efforts of the EAC.”

Burundi refuses to cooperate

Burundi, which became the first country to leave the ICC earlier this month, has refused to cooperate with any investigation the Hague-based court conducts. Justice Minister Aimee Laurentine says the organisation has no right to investigate the country.

“Burundi, not being a state party to the ICC statute, is not concerned with those so-called decisions of that court,” she says.

“The government of Burundi rejects that decision and reiterates its firm determination that it will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court or any other fraudulent manipulation intending to facilitate extended mandate of the ICC in the territory of Burundi.”

However, the ICC insists that Burundi’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute won’t prevent it from investigating crimes that took place while the country was under the court’s jurisdiction.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.