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Leaving The Political Arena Fearlessly And With Integrity Intact

Ideally, the aim of occupying a political position is to use it to bring about meaningful and positive changes in the lives of others, including, but not limited to providing much needed social services to the populace. Sadly, many a leader in Africa and other places, have rather used their political position to not only enrich themselves but cause unimaginable hardship to others. The result is that, in most cases, when these leaders have left the political territory, their…

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The Ethiopia-Eritrea Peace Summit: Time for Emulation

Conflict is the mother of animosity, distrust, fear, violence, disunity, economic and social short nemesis and negligence. Apart from women and children, who are often victims of unspeakable atrocities, widespread trauma, such as extensive emotional and psychological stress and a decrease in the civilian population are some of the consequences of war. Many have experienced these unfortunate mayhems in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and so…

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ICC Prosecutor’s Statement on the Second Arrest Warrant for Mr Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli

On 4 July 2018, the judges of the Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) issued a second warrant of arrest for Mr. Al-Werfalli, a commander in the Al-Saiqa Brigade, based in Benghazi, Libya. In August 2017, the judges of the ICC found reasonable grounds to believe that Mr. Al-Werfalli is responsible for 7 separate rounds of executions, in which a total of 33 people were murdered, and issued a warrant of arrest against…

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The Western Conspiracy, Short-sightedness and the Recent Refugee Crises

“Europe will be invaded by thousands of immigrants from Libya. There will be no one to stop them anymore. The Mediterranean will become a sea of chaos if I am toppled from power.”  This is not a prophecy from God, rather it was a warning from no other person than the former Libyan President Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to the ex-Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair during a telephone conversation with him on 25 February 2011. While the Western…

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President Kagame and Rwanda: The Burning Light Cannot be Hidden

Some people call him a no-nonsense man. To some, he is arrogant. Others hail him as a visionary leader. Yet, some accuse him of being autocratic. Whatever you choose to call him, the one thing is certain – President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has the deep country’s interest in his heart. He has meticulously and convincingly shown this through ambitious plans and selfless service to the country. Hardly can any honest person deny this obvious reality on the ground…

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Africa and the Misplaced Priorities

Time and opportunities wait for no one. Life is full of risks and opportunities; you need to take the right steps and make the best decisions in order to achieve something tangible in life. Opportunities are, in fact, chances that not only come to us in life but are equally created for ourselves, following many years of hard work and sacrifices. Unfortunately, if you do not grab the chances or make the right choices and decisions in life, you…

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Statement to the UN Security Council on the Situation in Darfur.

Mr. President, 1. Thank you for your invitation. Allow me to begin by congratulating you on assuming the Council’s Presidency and wish you every success in steering the important work of this august body throughout the month of June. Mr. President, Your Excellencies, 2. It is over thirteen years since the Council referred the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court and directed me to report to it every six months on actions taken and progress made pursuant…

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Dictatorship: The Issue Of Financial Returns

Some critics have argued that Africa has been the birthplace of dictators. From “Field Marshal” Idi Amin of Uganda, “Emperor” Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central African Republic, General Sani Abacha of Nigeria, Mobutu Sese Seko (DRC) to  Hissene Habre (Chad), the long list is endless. These and more African heartless dictators have – even though they may have been dead – milked, plundered, wretched their countries, and caused immense hardship to their subjects. The dictators systematically turned their various countries…

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Making a Breakthrough from Failures

It is an open secret that Africa is facing colossal challenges in different aspects of life. Some of these gargantuan problems are caused by massive corruption, which leads to other precarious menaces like poor education and healthcare, as well as social problems. To some individuals, these social challenges are part of the rat race, as such, one must learn to adapt and live with them; others, however, see the failures as a call for an urgent need to learn…

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ICC judges in Ongwen case visit northern Uganda

From 3 to 9 June 2018, the judges of Trial Chamber IX of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Bertram Schmitt, Presiding Judge, Judge Péter Kovács, and Judge Raul C. Pangalangan, visited the Republic of Uganda. The Chamber, which is trying the case of The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen, visited the charged attack sites in the case. The Chamber visited Pajule, Odek, Lukodi, and Abok. At the time of the alleged attacks, IDP camps were located at each of…

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Never Let Corruption Kill The Beautiful Game

  Corruption in sport is as old as sport itself. From the FIFA-Blatter scandal in Russia-doping, corruption in sport has many forms, faces, and dimension. It might take in the form of match-fixing by players, referees, and criminals. Or blood and urine lab officials demanding monster pay from athletes to influence results, club owners and administrators insisting on kickbacks for players’ transfers, government officials rigging bids for construction contracts. Money laundering in the form of purchase of clubs, players…

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When The Lie Detector Takes Over From The Police and Prosecutor

We hardly can discuss problems facing Africa without first talking about endemic and tenacious corruption. Sadly, the level of corruption in Africa has become so mountainous and yet common, that sometimes, many Africans hardly lose a night’s sleep over the cankerworm, which has effectively destroyed the continent and created increasingly a precarious future for young Africans. But accepting the infectious corruption as a way of life in Africa is hardly the best way to kill the giant monster sucking…

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