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Abd-Al-Rahman case: Trial to open on 5 April 2022

©ICC-CPI Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) composed of Judge Joanna Korner, Presiding Judge, Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou and Judge Althea Violet Alexis-Windsor scheduled the opening of the trial in the case  The Prosecutor v. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”) for 5 April 2022. Mr Abd-Al-Rahman was transferred to the ICC’s custody on 9 June 2020, after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic. His initial appearance before the ICC took place on…

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Quest for Inter-Religious Harmony as Ghana’s chief imam Donates to Cathedral Project

Ghana’s chief imam Sheikh Osman Sharubutu has donated more than $8,000 to support the construction of a national cathedral. Some have deemed both the donation and the construction of the cathedral controversial. While many have criticised the cathedral project and classified it as a misplaced priority, given Ghana’s present economic hardship, some Muslims have frowned at the idea of donating thousands of dollars to a Christian project.  The government in Accra started an awareness campaign recently to encourage Ghanaians to donate…

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Ethiopia plans to launch Facebook rival while the country descends into anarchy

Imagine your house was burning while you were busy chasing a rat around. Can you envisage inviting firefighters to extinguish the fire blazing your mansion, only for the fire bridges to start removing the cobwebs on the roof, rather than putting off the fire and saving precious lives and properties? The recent announcement by Ethiopia that it would develop its social media platforms after accusing global companies like Facebook of bias against Ethiopia’s interest is not only a gross misplacement…

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Zambia’s Election: A Lesson to Other African Countries

“I would (therefore) like to congratulate my brother, the president-elect, His Excellency Mr Hakainde Hichilema, for becoming the seventh Republican President.” “Thank you for giving me the “opportunity to be your president”. “I will forever cherish and appreciate that authority you’ve invested in me. Countrymen, women in and the youth, all I ever wanted to do was to serve my country to the best of my abilities.” “Of course, there were challenges on the way. But what I appreciated…

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Cardinal Burke, a Covid-19 vaccination critic, hospitalized and on a ventilator: “Pray for me.”

Cardinal Raymond Burke, an ardent Covid-19 vaccines sceptic and critic, who had repeatedly spread misleading information and conspiracy theories about the vaccines, is hospitalized with the coronavirus and fighting for his life on a ventilator. The 73-year old Raymond Burke, former archbishop of St. Louis,  Missouri (USA), an outspoken conservative Roman Catholic Church Cardinal who has publicly clashed with the views of Pope Francis on several issues, including Covid-19, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday and asked his…

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The ICC And Former President Bashir: Warning to Other Dictators

Does it surprise one that most leaders change and become more autocratic, selfish and less sensitive to the suffering of their subjects once they are in power? From the proclamation of a state of emergency, suspension of elections and civil liberties, rule by decree, disrespect for the court and the authority of law procedures, repression of political opponents, autocrats can hardly hide their cult of personality. We see these characteristics in many African leaders, including former president Omar al-Bashir…

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Defending the Indefensible: Zuma’s Daughter Attacks Naomi Campbell’s Letter

The daughter of South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma, Jabu Zuma, has attacked British supermodel Naomi Campbell and accused her of “stoking division” in South Africa after Campbell rebuked the former president in an open letter. Naomi Campbell reprimanded former President Zuma for contempt of court, which led to his 15-month in prison. His jailing subsequently triggered violence and unrest from Zuma’s angry supporters, which resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and billions in properties in South…

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Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb”: The Issues of Translation, Fragmentation and Identity

It came like a flashy thunderbolt, drizzling gently over my stunned and weakly mesmerised soul. Truly hypnotised in the bliss of perfect pleasure, you may say. Alas, it was somehow difficult to attribute the source of the impromptu intoxicating ecstasy – the inauguration of President Joe Biden of the USA, despite all Mafiosi-like unconstitutional attempts to stop the legitimate constitutional process? Or those powerful poetic lines from amazing Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” which she recited at President…

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South Africa Riots: Reminiscent of the USA Insurrection?

Observers of the political situation in South Africa have reacted with shock at the recent violence that has engulfed the country, sparked by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. As of Thursday, more than 212 people have lost their lives, and at least 800 retail shops looted in KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Zuma’s home province, with an estimated $1bn (£720m) worth of stock stolen, according to the official report. Facing food shortages after days of widespread riots and looting, the…

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Paul Gicheru case: ICC Pre-Trial Chamber confirms charges and commits suspect to trial

Pre-Trial Chamber A (Article 70) of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) has on 15 July 2021, confirmed the charges of offences against the administration of justice against Paul Gicheru and committed him to trial. Pre-Trial Chamber A, composed of Judge Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou, based its decision on the evidence and submissions presented by the Prosecutor and the Defence.   The Chamber found that there are substantial grounds to believe that Mr Gicheru committed, as a co-perpetrator,…

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South Sudan’s 10th Independence Anniversary: Actions speak louder than words

The latest pledge from South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to end any form of war in his country would have been received globally with much enthusiasm and hope some years ago. Today, such a promise, which President Kiir made during his speech to mark the country’s 10th anniversary (did I hear you call it a “lost decade”?) of its independence, is hardly breaking news. It is not just because the reality on the ground hardly matches the rhetoric; the…

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