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Ugandan opposition accuses government of crimes against humanity


In an interview with RFI, the leader of Uganda’s opposition, Olara Otunnu, who once served as a UN undersecretary general, has accused the country’s President Yoweri Museveni of crimes of war, genocide and crimes against humanity.

“Wherever he has been we see massacre, bloodshed and atrocities," said Otunnu. "And none of it has ever been accounted for.”

He said he failed to understand why the International Criminal Court would investigate the Lord’s Resistance Army whilst ignoring the alleged crimes levelled at the current President.

“What the LRA did is horrific enough, but Mr Museveni actually committed genocide in Northern Uganda,” he said.

Ugandan Presidential Advisor John Nagenda, Kampala 04/06/2010 - by Billie O'Kadameri Listen

The LRA is a sectarian Christian group formed in 1987, which has been engaged in a long running battle against the Ugandan government.

Otunnu accuses the president of slaughter on an industrial scale.

“He herded two million people in 200 concentration camps, some of them as much as 80 thousand people, living in conditions worse than a zoo and there has never been any accountability for that," he said.

Meanwhile the ruling party has rejected the claims, saying the president made no attempt to avoid an ICC investigation.

“I am sure Museveni would say if that is what you want to do, if you have the time to waste, then come and do it," said Senior Ugandan presidential advisor John Nagenda.