Nairobi - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni congratulated
Kenyans on Tuesday for voting in Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya's fourth president in
defiance of his looming international trial for crimes against humanity.
"I want to salute the Kenyan voters on...the rejection
of the blackmail by the International Criminal Court [ICC] and those who seek
to abuse this institution for their own agenda," he said at a speech
following Kenyatta's taking of the oath of office.
Both Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto face trial at
The Hague-based ICC for crimes against humanity for their alleged roles in
orchestrating ethnic killings and widespread violence that followed 2007 polls.
More than 1 100 people were murdered and several hundred
thousand forced to flee their homes.
Both Kenyatta and Ruto have rejected all charges but have
said they will cooperate with the ICC.
"I was one of those that supported the ICC because I
abhor impunity," Museveni added, who said he was speaking on behalf of
African leaders at Kenyatta's swearing-in ceremony in a crowded football
"However the usual opiniated and arrogant actors using
their careless and shallow analysis have now distorted the purpose of that
institution. They are now using it to install leaders of their choice in Africa
and eliminate the ones they do not like."
He said the violence in 2007 was "regrettable and must
be condemned", but said that a "legalistic process, especially an
external one, however cannot address those events".
Top leaders of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels,
fighting in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Sudan, and the
Democratic Republic of Congo, also face trial at the ICC.
But Museveni said that Uganda had referred rebel chief
Joseph Kony "to the ICC because he was operating outside of Uganda.
Otherwise we would have handled him ourselves."