“The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a bunch of useless people,” President Yoweri Kagutta Museveni fired back at leaders of the global-west, ‘the world leaders’.
It is all about face value. Kind of: if you publicly beret me, I have to fire back at you in a manner that shows my fellow Ugandans, other Africans, especially so African Leaders, that I do not give a toss about you and that you are not the ones is yanking my chain.
The United States of America (US), Canada, and the European Union (EU) diplomats who walked away from President Museveni’s swearing in ceremony provided the perfect pawn. This was not the first time that President Museveni has expressed such sentiments of the ICC. He expressed similar sentiments during Uganda’s historic presidential debate earlier this year.
For the out bust during his swearing in ceremony the US Ambassador Debora Malac should take full credit. She played with fire in Uganda exposing her total ignorance of Museveni the man. She gave life to Norbert Mao’s acronym FILTH = Failed in London Trying Here.
Mao coined FILTH to describe global-western expats, who after a few weeks in Africa go on to speak of the continent like they are the experts and in patronising tones. Yes, one was among the Ugandans who were totally repulsed by the Ambassador.
Understandably, Ambassador Malac was not prepared for another African country unlike Liberia. Uganda is completely the opposite of Liberia. Uganda is a country that is seemingly hired by the US to fight its proxy wars in places such as Somalia, which Uganda does not share borders; and in Iraq where Ugandans are the foot soldiers guarding US personnel and interests.
Uganda is the host to a huge UN base from whence the UN services the east and central Africa region. How in hell did Ambassador Malac not know that? And if she knew, how in hell did she not factor this in her diplomacy strategy for Uganda? One wonders.