Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has the praised the decision by the South African Government to pull out of the the International Criminal Court (ICC), making the country the second this week, after Burundi, to move to leave the tribunal that pursues the world’s worst atrocities.
Speaking to journalists shortly after arriving at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 16-45 hours local time in Zambia, the visiting President said the decision by South Africa to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) is very good.
“It is a very good decision that South Africa has done that. In fact, it is (the ICC) that is very useless,” he said.
President Museveni, who is in the country to grace Zambia’s independence celebrations tomorrow, was welcomed at the airport by President Lungu, some Cabinet Ministers, Minister for State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryemu, Ugandan High Commissioner to Tanzania and Zambia Dorothy Hyuha and his Zambian counterpart, Judith Kapijipanga, defence chiefs, senior Zambian and Ugandan government and ruling PF officials as well as patriotic Zambians and Ugandan nationals.
On bilateral relations between Uganda and Zambia, Mr Museveni said they are cordial for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
He also commended the people of Zambia for re-electing President Edgar Lungu.
Meanwhile, Mr Museveni was greeted to a thunderous welcome by both the military and cultural performances.
The Ugandan leader was accorded a 21-gun salute mounted for him by the Zambia Army.
The PF women choir also sung solidarity songs while Nomakanjani dance troupe also danced to exhibit Zambia’s rich cultural heritage.
The 2016 Independence Day celebrations theme is dubbed, “Consolidating our independence and national unity for a smart Zambia.”