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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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Which way Africans?

Africa is blessed with abundant resources (mineral and non-mineral) coupled with incredibly fertile land and undoubtedly, one of the friendliest people in the world. Ordinarily, Africa should have been a success story. Yet, many Africans are still living miserably poor, while their leaders are greedily stealing billions from the government with impunity and fearless alacrity. Silly enough, instead of using the stolen money (not that stealing from the government is encouraged) to develop their countries and create jobs and…

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Tanzania: President Magufuli Sacks Allegedly Drunk Home Affairs Minister

It is not entirely strange to see a senior government official in Africa sleeping or drunk in the office. However, it is often unthinkable to see them reprimanded. Not any more ““ at least, not in the present Tanzania. Welcome to the new Africa. Recently, the newly elected no nonsense President of Tanzania, John Magufuli sacked the Minister for Home Affairs, Charles Kitwanga, for allegedly coming to the parliament drunk. He is the first cabinet minister to be sacked…

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Malawi and Tanzania Put Legs in the Same Trouser over Lake

  In Malawi, they call it Lake Malawi. The same Lake is called Lake Nyasa in Tanzania. Regardless what name you call it, the two neighbouring countries, Malawi and Tanzania, are deeply involved in a hot diplomatic dispute over the lake many believe is potentially rich in oil and gas. Recently, the President of Malawi Peter Mutharika re-emphasized his country`s position that the entire Lake Malawi belongs to Malawi. In the same defying stand, Tanzania maintains her claims over…

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DR Congo opposition leader Katumbi: Victim of Political Repression or Enemy of the State?

Recently, the opposition presidential leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Moise Katumbi, has been going through increasingly unbearable political turbulence following his recent decision to challenge the incumbent president Joseph Kabila in the upcoming elections. A day after authorities in Kinshasa issued an arrest warrant for Mr Katumbi, his lawyers said he flew to South Africa for medical treatment, following the tear gas the police allegedly fired at him during a protest, according to the lawyers. Contradictorily, the…

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When Food Becomes a Disease

Food ““ especially good food- is  the most important element   that prolongs our lives. We simply cannot survive without food.  What happens, however, when the same food we need to survive becomes a major threat to our lives? A harbinger of death? From that big tummy obstructing your shirt and quarrelling with buttons of your trouser, to becoming a laughing stock and victim of constant pest, your life has become miserable. So is your health. As we think…

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron Describes Nigeria as “Fantastically Corrupt“

In what might be described as a bombastic diplomatic blunder, the UK Prime Minister has described Nigeria as “fantastically corrupt.“ He made the statement at the Buckingham Palace during an event to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, which was attended by political leaders and other public figures. David Cameron described Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt” in a conversation with the Queen while talking about the upcoming anti-corruption summit scheduled in London this week. “We’ve got some leaders of…

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Liberia: Former Soccer Icon George Weah and the 2017 Presidential Election

George Weah, the former World footballer of the Year has on Thursday, confirmed his intentions to contest in the upcoming presidential election is Liberia. Declaring his ambition, George Weah, who is not only the leader of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party, but also the Montserrado County Senator, said that he is persuaded by numerous calls and petitions from Liberians to take up the challenge and change the direction the country is heading in. George Weah who narrowly…

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Affaire Ntaganda : audiovisuel Programme

  The trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda before the International Criminal Court (ICC) continued from 18 to 21 April 2016 with the testimony of the 17th Prosecution witness, expert John Charles Yuille.   Please find below links for the viewing and download of the “˜In the courtroom` programme related to these hearings (in French). Background:  Bosco Ntaganda, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Force Patriotiques pour la Libé ration du Congo [Patriotic…

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Papa Wemba Collapses on the Stage and Dies Later

The Congolese musical star Papa Wemba collapsed on the stage while performing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was later pronounced dead. The famous African singer was about to sing his third number during the Festival des musiques urbaines d`Anoumabo (FEMUA) when the tragedy occurred. Shocked members of the band rush to help the 66 year old Papa Wemba, who was lying on the floor. Later, the organisers of the festival confirmed that the musical icon died after suffering a…

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