Uganda Fronts Justice Bbosa for ICC Job

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Uganda has started promoting the candidature of Justice Solome Balungi Bossa for a post at The Hague based International Criminal Court ICC ahead of the courts elections slated for December 2017. The move appears to contradict President Musevenis position on the role of ICC. In May last year, after being sworn in for a fifth presidential term, Museveni described ICC as a useless institution and rallied other African leaders to withdraw from the Rome Statute.

The Uganda government has started promoting the candidature of Justice Solome Balungi Bossa for a post at the International Criminal Court (ICC) ahead of the court's elections slated for December 2017.

The Uganda Media Centre (UMC), a government's public relations department reported that President Yoweri Museveni who is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 28th African Union (AU) Heads of State Assembly, is fronting Justice Bossa "as Uganda's candidate for the post of judge of the ICC."

UMC says Justice Bossa's name was submitted to the AU Commission for an early consideration to allow her adequate time to campaign as she will tussle it out against two other candidates from Lesotho and Benin.

The President's move appears to contradict his own position on the role of ICC. In May last year, after being sworn in for a fifth presidential term, Museveni described ICC as a useless institution and rallied other African leaders to withdraw from the Rome Statute.

Museveni said this shortly after introducing Sudan President Hassan Omar Al-Bashir for whom ICC issued an arrest warrant in 2009. The ICC slapped on Bashir charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Darfur region, making him the first sitting Head of State to be indicted by the Court.

Museveni's opposition to the court followed the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta by ICC for the 2007/2008 post-election violence describing the court as a biased instrument of post-colonial supremacy.

Justice Solome Balungi Bossa was elected Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights in June 2014, for a term of six years. She is an accomplished judge with over 27 years of legal and judicial work experience at national, regional and international level.   She has served as Judge with the High Court of Uganda, the East African Court of Justice, and United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR). She'sand currently a Judge on the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court for Uganda.
 
On the international scene, Justice Bbosa is a member of the International Commission of Jurists, the International Association of Women Judges, the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights and the East African Judges and Magistrate's Association, among others.
  
Eighteen judges are elected to the ICC by the Assembly of States Parties, the court's governing body and they serve nine-year terms and are generally not eligible for re-election.