The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir received an arousing cheering when he arrived at Amahoro Stadium for the President Swearing Ceremony for Rwanda President elect Paul Kagame on Friday at Amahoro Stadium.
President Bashir was among the other Presidents who arrived in Rwanda on Thursday upon his arousing cheer Bashir also responded to applause by clasping his hands and waving to the thousand of Rwandan who are attending the ceremony as a sign to show unity.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued two arrest warrants against al-Bashir in 2009 and 2010 for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Darfur.
Al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state charged by the Hague based court since its inception in 2002.
On July 16, 2016, Bashir came to Rwanda during his visit to Kigali to participate in the AU summit. During that time President elect Paul Kagame announced that his country will not arrest Al- Bashir during his visit to Kigali to participate in the AU summit.
President Al Bashir is welcome in Kigali at any time. He will be free in his second home country. We will not respond to the ICC calls to arrest him. We will not take any action of such type against him, he said.
Also, Rwandas Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, said: Bashir will be granted his safety and security as a head of state, ICC issues will be addressed by those who are concerned and I dont think they expect him to be arrested in Rwanda.
Rwanda is not a state party to the tribunal of war crimes but has the obligation as a member of the United Nations to cooperate with the court. However, like many other African capitals, Kigali is critical to ICC and to its focus on Africa.
In 2016 Al-Bashir attended the 26th AU summit in Johannesburg. His trip to South Africa drew international attention after he flew out of the country defying a High court order which orders the government to ban his departure until an application calling for his arrest had been heard.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was the other President who received a rousing welcome by the thousand who arrived at Amahoro stadium. The other president includes Kenya’s President Uhuru, Togo President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, Macky Sall of Senegal, Edgar Lungu of Zambia, Sassou Nguesso of Congo, and Hage Geingob of Namibia to mention but a few.
The other delegates present at Amahoro include the Vice President of Cote; Ivoire Daniel Kablan Duncan, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki, Speaker of the DR Congo Parliament Aubin Minaku, former Botswana President Festus Mogae and, Prime Minister of Madagascar Olivier
Meanwhile, Rwandans countrywide who did make it to Amahoro Stadium are watched Kagame Inauguration attentively following the inauguration event on a live broadcast on televisions.