Headline
Don`t Worry, Just Laugh
ICC holds Retreat with African States Parties in Addis Ababa

Participants of the ICC Retreat with African States Parties to the Rome Statute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 12 June 2019  On 12 June 2019, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convened a Retreat with African States Parties to the Rome Statute in Addis Ababa with the participation of the Office of Legal Counsel of the African Union and the ICC Trust Fund for Victims (TFV). The purpose of the Retreat was to continue promoting open and frank dialogue and…

Read More

Africa and Perseverance: 21-year-old Ethiopian takes exam 30 minutes after giving birth

Failures are a success – if we could learn from failures and transcend them into a guiding step towards success. You can, therefore, confidently, say that perseverance is the mother of success. What does this say about the many problems facing Africa today? A lot. However, before we discuss this further, let us look at an interesting story from Ethiopia, which is making a headline around the world. Yesterday, a 21-year-old Ethiopian woman sat for her secondary school leaving…

Read More

Proverb of the Week: A small house will hold a hundred friends ((Duruma, Kenya)

Chumba chidide chinaidima kuphenya atu mirongo kumi. (Duruma) Chumba kidogo huweza kuwa na marafiki mia moja. (Swahili) Une seule maison peut avoir cent amis. (French) A small house will hold a hundred friends. (English) Although this proverb of the Duruma, the Mijikenda ethnic groups of the Kenyan coastal region along the Nairobi-Mombasa, might sound a bit confusing and contradictory or even ironic, it is definitely true if you think about it deeply. Traditionally, a typical Duruma homestead is not…

Read More

Burundi’s 2020 Election: You are either with us or against us

As Burundi gears towards the presidential polls in 2020, the commissioner in charge of electoral operations in the East African country had told a group of journalists and civil society groups in Bujurumba on Wednesday that the country would “block the way for those media who do not want to follow the path taken by the government.” Jean Anastase Hicuburund a senior official from the Burundi National Independent Electoral Commission made the threat and accused independent media and local…

Read More

Child Marriage: Urgent need to act decisively

Just imagine a bit your childhood years. Do you remember those your childhood dreams, hopes, and aspirations? As a young innocent girl, you had the dreams of having a fulfilled life. You aspired to go to school, become well educated, have a wonderful profession; a rewarding job. You strived to build a beautiful, healthy family with someone you loved….. Suddenly – just unceremoniously – your dream is shattered. Your life aspirations are completely disoriented and forcefully altered in an…

Read More

Yekatom and Ngaïssona Case: Confirmation of charges hearing postponed to 19 September 2019

Today, 15 May 2019, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to postpone the commencement of the confirmation hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona to 19 September 2019, instead of 18 June 2019. The Chamber granted a request of the Prosecutor for the postponement of the hearing in light of the need to ensure the protection of victims and witnesses. The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is to determine whether…

Read More

Al-Bashir Case: ICC Appeals Chamber confirms Jordan’s non-cooperation but reverses the decision referring it to the ASP and UNSC

Today, 6 May 2019, in the appeal brought by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (“Jordan”), the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) decided unanimously to confirm the decision of ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II (“Pre-Trial Chamber”), to the extent that it found that Jordan, a State Party to the ICC Rome Statute since 2002, had failed to comply with its obligations by not arresting Mr Omar Al-Bashir (at all material times the President of the Republic…

Read More

Ebola virus and its Challenges in 2019

A story had it that a man was seriously ill for weeks and all treatments seemed not to produce any effective results. After many trials and errors, the man and his wife went for an elaborate test, which eventually revealed the unexpected bad news. Afraid to break the shocking news to the man, the doctor called his wife aside and broke the news. “God is wonderful. He has done it again for me.” The woman shouted, dancing. Confused, the…

Read More

Kenya: Leaving a house on fire to burn down while busy chasing a rat

I beg to be blunt with my stand, but sadly, the truth must be told. Obviously, the West succeeds in imposing their will on Africa simply because the Western governments strongly believe African leaders have a mindset different from that of the Western leaders. Yes, in most cases, the West is convinced they can get away with their inglorious acts in Africa due, largely to, just a simple reason: that African leaders seem to care less about their subjects…

Read More

Al Bashir case: ICC Appeals Chamber to deliver its Judgment on Jordan’s appeal on 6 May 2019

On 6 May 2019 at 9:30 a.m. (The Hague local time), the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) will deliver its judgment on the appeal by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan against Pre-Trial Chamber II’s decision of 11 December 2017 in the Al Bashir case. The appeal arose from the decision of ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II, which found that Jordan, a State Party to the ICC Rome Statute since 2002, failed to comply with its obligations…

Read More

Creating Indigenous Knowledge of Africa for Africans

For Africa and other so-called third world countries to progress, they must tell their own stories based on their indigenous knowledge and experience. Africans must create their own knowledge based on their own realities. You cannot develop people; people must develop themselves based on what they are used to. You cannot import and impose knowledge on a people; the people must develop from their own knowledge and experience, which must fit into the environment, where they live and where…

Read More

Sudan’s mayhem: Teacher, don’t teach me nonsense

Imagine you were a teacher who taught what you did not practice. Envisage you did not lead by example as a teacher. What would you expect your students to learn from you? Have you ever heard of one pointing an accusing finger at someone else while the rest of the accuser’s fingers are ironically pointing at him/her? Human beings can be a bunch of hypocrites and sycophants, who would rather have no qualms trying to remove the log in…

Read More