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Violent Street Protests in Zimbabwe: End of Mugabe Era?

For more than 30 years, President Robert Mugabe has been in power in Zimbabwe. During all those years, Zimbabwe has been relatively quiet in terms of protest and demonstrations on the street. Not because Zimbabweans are well off or are mostly satisfied with their economic conditions and lives. Not really. Years ago, Zimbabwe was indeed one of the few African success stories ““ at least, economically. Agriculturally, the country had more than enough food to feed her population; supermarkets…

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Zimbabwe: Morgan Tsvangirai Cancer Disclosure and Succession Battle

The recent admission by the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) leader of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, that he is suffering from the cancer of the colony has created extensive pressure on the MDC-T party structure. While some party members demand that Morgan  Tsvangirai should step down immediately to avoid  power struggles and internal fractures  in the party, others insist that he should stay put because, according to them,  the party needs his presence now than ever….

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Statement of the Prosecutor correcting assertions contained in article published by The Telegraph

On Saturday, 2 July 2016, the British daily, The Telegraph, published an article erroneously asserting that my Office has “already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.“ The article is being widely disseminated, aggravating the spread of inaccurate information concerning the ongoing preliminary examination carried out by my Office with respect to the Situation in Iraq.   As such, I am compelled to correct the public record by providing the following clarification. First, I reiterate that…

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Angola is Broke – President José Eduardo dos Santos

The president of Angola, President José Eduardo dos Santos has confessed that his country is broke. He attributed the dire economic situation to failure of the national oil company Sonangol, to remit cash to the government. Expectedly, President dos Santos, who is believed to be one of the richest African Presidents, did not mention corruption, nepotism, blatant stealing and excessive greed amongst President`s inner circle and cronies, as some of the major contributors of the severe economic woes in…

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Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo Gets 18 years` imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity

  Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (“ICC“ or “Court“) sentenced Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to 18 years of imprisonment. On 21 March 2016, the Chamber had found Mr Bemba guilty beyond reasonable doubt as a military commander responsible for two counts of crimes against humanity (murder and rape) and three counts of war crimes (murder, rape, and pillaging) committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003. ICC Trial Chamber III is composed of…

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Is President Mugabe the Right Person to Throw the stone?

Recently, President Mahammadu Buhari of Nigeria complained that he had contacted ear infection. In reaction to that, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe mocked Buhari, saying: “when you fail to listen to your people, you contact ear problem.“   Being in power for more than 30 years and having been accused by some, of being undemocratic and anti-opposition, has Mugabe been really listening to his people? Is he the right person to give such an advice? Or is Robert Mugabe…

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Three Chibok Girls Spotted At The Kata Kata Village

  Since President Muhammadu Buhari  of Nigeria took office, things have not been rosy for many Nigerians, who voted him in for a change. The economy is foggy ““ the low oil prices, the main source of income of the country, coupled with persistent unemployment are causing a serious headache for the president, who promised to create employment, wipe out the Boko Haram menace and restore security immediately after taking over power. Even though President Buhari is trying his…

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President John Magufuli: The meaning of African Madness

It is not strange, recently, to hear the newly elected President of Tanzania President John Magufuli defend his sanity in public. What is strange, however, is that most of those the president wants to convince of his sound mental state seem not to believe him, despite his desperate effort to set the record straight. That would mean more unwelcome explanations “ and perhaps more “strange behaviours“ to come. “I  am Neither Mad nor a Dictator.“ You hear President Magufuli…

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Bemba case: Sentence to be delivered on 21 June 2016

Situation:  The Central African Republic   Case:  The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it will deliver the sentence in the case  The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at 13:45 (The Hague local time) during a public hearing at the seat of the Court in The Hague (Netherlands). According to the Court’s legal texts, the judges may impose a sentence of imprisonment to which…

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Dr Fatou Bensouda’s Statement to the UN Security Council on the Situation in Darfur, Sudan pursuant to UNSCR 1593 (2005)

    Mr President, Your Excellencies,   Thank you for the opportunity to once again engage with the Council on the occasion of my Office’s Twenty-Third report on the Darfur situation. It has been more than a decade since the UN Security Council through Resolution 1593 referred the situation in Darfur to my Office.   Resolution 1593 served as a message of hope for the victims of Darfur subjected to grave crimes under the Rome Statute that they would…

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Proverb of the Week

Agulu pii odiyo otac. (Acholi) Jungu la maji hukandamiza kata. (Swahili) The water pot presses upon the small circular pad. (English)   The Acholi “˜s (and Swahili) proverb throws more light on the need for individuals to take good actions for the benefits of themselves and the community as a whole. As the small circular pad used as a stand and also for carrying water pots on the head, the otac is ““ although small ““ immensely important in…

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Chad’s ex-ruler convicted of crimes against humanity

The former Chad’s ruler Hissene Habre has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of crimes against humanity by the court in Senegal. In a historic trial, which saw the former Chadian leader convicted of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings of opponents and enemies during his rule from 1982 to 1990, the verdict sends a strong signal to other African brutal dictators, who are yet to face justice. The bold verdict sent a thunderous jubilation in…

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