President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has said that impunity shall no longer be tolerated and all world citizens should work together to punish perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
He was speaking in Kampala Sunday evening after a commemorative war victims day football match. Museveni said no one should kill people and go scot free. Museveni has been under pressure to convince the ICC to rescind indictments of Lords resistance Army leader, Joseph Kony and three of his top commanders for war crimes.
The rebels have been demanding the withdrawal of the indictments before they sign a peace agreement that was agreed upon by the LRA rebels and the Uganda government in the 2006 Southern Sudan government mediated Juba Peace talks.
Museveni said the match in which he participated on opposite sides with Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General is aimed at demonstrate solidarity with war victims world over.
He applauded the Uganda War Victims Foundation, African Youth Initiative Network on the eve of the International Criminal Court Review Conference that starts in Kampala on Monday.
Ban Ki-moon said the match has sent a very strong message to the world that justice should be part of efforts to bring about peace in any part of the world.
“As we have played so peacefully on the pitch today, I hope we can work together to ensure there is justice for stable peace, so that we can ensure respect for human rights and ensure development,” Ban Ki-moon said to the applause of hundred of hundreds of peoples who attended the match.
The ICC established by the 2010 Rome Statute is to be reviewed on its role over the past 10 years in doing its mandate of indicting and prosecuting war criminals.