NRM bureau will use SMS, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Hi5, YouTube and the website to reach supporters

President Museveni has said that he is ready to face The Hague-based International Criminal Court if indicted over the killing of at least 30 people in last September’s riots in Kampala and parts of Buganda.

Some youth with links to the Inter-Party Alliance recently petitioned the ICC, seeking the indictment of the President, the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima and the Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura over the deaths.

But the President said on Friday that the petitioners were wasting their time.
“Those people going to The Hague are wasting their time—they are just making a fool of themselves,” said the President while opening the NRM Communication Bureau on Plot 87, Kira Road in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb.

“If I committed crimes against humanity, I would be very happy to be tried,” Museveni said.

The President added that the killing of those civilians did not amount to crimes against humanity as the petitioners claim. Museveni said that only genocide or mass rape can be described as crimes against humanity.

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court defines ‘crimes against humanity’ as offences that constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation, or a degradation of one or more human beings.

The President further said that a case can be taken to the ICC only when the local system is unwilling or unable to handle the matter.

To demonstrate that the country has internal capacity to deal with impunity, the President said that 123 soldiers have been executed over murder since he came to power in 1986 .

“Even when we catch [LRA leader, Joseph] Kony, we will try him here and not in The Hague. Here; we shall hang him but if you send him to The Hague they will just put him in a hotel,” he said.
The only sitting head of state to ever be indicted by the ICC is Sudan’s Omar el Bashir.


While launching the bureau, the President said that it will enable his NRM party fight the “war of words” with the media, which he accuses of unfairly bashing his government.

“We helped to create media houses by creating a good atmosphere for them but now they are mainly bashing NRM and telling lies. The new generation of NRM will fight our war of words with them,” he said.

The President further said that the bureau is a landmark in the history of NRM and it will be used to tell the NRM story. The bureau will use communication tools such as mass SMS, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Hi5, YouTube and their website to reach supporters locally and abroad.

Writers have been hired to write articles for the website and also to do a daily update of photos and speeches. Through its 6,760 mass text messaging, the party plans to send updates and party information to the 14 million Ugandans estimated to have mobile phones.

“This will be used to respond to criticism about NRM and [detoxicate] venom about NRM in the public,” said the NRM Spokesperson, Mary Karooro Okurut.  “The bureau is going to help us to quicken the flow of information and also end the problem of lack of communication with our supporters,” Museveni said.

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0 #1 Norah Ndulese 2010-03-14 21:30
I'll say it again.

Arrogance is one of the deadliest sins.
0 #2 MABO 2010-03-15 05:36
The IPC petioners to ICC supported & endorsed by mengo thru its PRO Owek Mayiga is "nice" to hear socially & politically but legally it will just thin out.

Personally i would have enjoyed to see it reach the hague as mengo ro IPC worship it as the court tht can deliver the justcie the crave for the sept scenareios & CBS short comings hope fullly the ICC will "order" for CBS to be re-opened forth with.

The good or bad thing is tht most of wht happened can be traced or dug out e.g guys whose property was looted or burnt or tortured at impromptu road blocks,those killed,those paid to cauese stampede,those who called & mobilised on redios & SMS txt!

Let the ICC be the "washing ground" wht happened then the direct & indirect culprits will be known. My prayer(like wht I said last week on this platform) let leaders of mengo or IPC desist changing goal posts whn the tide gets heavy.

If the defence choses to summon a person for trial/testimony , bear the repurcussions please. Let this be the last time you take us (baganda/uganda ns) for a wild goose ride please.

Am sure wht you say is diffreent from wht is in your soul & conscious,lucki ly you are not the first to do it. For your memory just read the book of late sir Edward(desecrat iuon of my Kingdom) or recall the "rapid" sumersaults you "honourables" of lukiiko & executive(bugan da negotiation team) made abt the regional tier bill or how nealry all the KY MPs crossed to UPC suprisingly up to now they defend their actions!.

By the way do you recall tht Sir Edward (against his counsel's advise; as the serials in the Observer informed us- i think it was Hon Nkangi) wrote to UN to intervene in 1966 crisis? So as you get eager see Mr M7 at ICC,he may not be there alone,like it or not!

By the way,wht if the ICC throws out the petition? Will you then come back to ugandan high or supreme court or esort to almighty God/Allah/witch craft(misambwa) of buganda,maama fiina of Ndeeba? Wht precedent will you have set?

Its good the president says,he is ready to face the ICC,so IPC/mengo keep your arms crossed! For God & my country.
0 #3 Mugisha Kevin 2010-03-15 15:22
As much as I don't condon killing of innocent ugandan, I totally disagree with the hatred driven Ugandas. Some of us were beaten, women stripped naked and property stolen by so called baganda loyalists simple because we could not, "tambulla ngo muganda".

The government had to do something and because of the force and guns, more property was saved, less buses were burnt,police stations were saved and numerous crimes were foiled.

I am fully behind the government, Ugandas have taken peace for granted so the next time these goons come to terrorise the city, the army should bring out helicopter gunships so that those who think Ugandans can be held at ransome should think again
0 #4 zake 2010-03-15 19:33
Saddam bragged with the same words, the day of reckoning always comes and the higher you go, the deeper the fall,24 yrs is high.

At least the petition got the president to concede to murder and thats a point scored Extra judicial murder with impunity has a price,leaders who over stay outlive their value and inevitably fall on their spike,denying people a peaceful democratic transition is a crime,because that thesis creates a synthesis.Stron g institutions not strong leaders secure the future.Live long& see
0 #5 Bazibu 2010-03-16 06:44
its embarassing that once a respected leader, has degenerated to such a level that his name is added to a least of suspects to be handled by ICC! who would have dreamed of such aftre that inauguration speech in 1986. but its happening. its a true example of the saying "power corrupts"
0 #6 Miles 2010-03-16 07:39
Offcourse those are the exact words you are expected to write about baganda History reveals it all that we hated no one in buganda,and that people from all tribes in the country have been settling in buganda which is not the case in other parts of the country to find so many intruders settled in a region, say Karamoja from a different region or tribe.

I think some of these people don't first think before they write. Otherwise for Museveni, he will create all sorts of bureaus, but the time has elapsed for him. He has lied to the people for along time and now that the people are fed up and they are out to tell the true, he's calling them lies.

I will assure him that we shall add more effort to what we have so far put in place and make sure all his lies are told and all investigations on crimes against humanity are done.
The day of reckoning isn't far for them.For God and my country.
0 #7 kabayekka 2010-03-16 10:52
One hoped that as soon as this Christian President had contributed 10 million shillings to repair the roof of the famous and historic Namirembe Cathedral, the issue of being taken to court for murder would be handled as Jesus says.

If someone wants to take you to court call him so that you reconcile. Never be happy about it because if you go to court and you loose the case....... I am not going to finish all. Jesus was too much a talker like some political parties these days in Uganda.
0 #8 John Mawago 2010-03-16 11:31
Museni, my suggestion is that, you start packing up. Things have all gone opposite.

Imagine, the ICC starting to drag you to the Hague to answer such charges, in the period of your up coming elections.

How is that?

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