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Tug of war between political candidates and Namibia’s electoral commission

A faction of political candidates who are eyeing for various seats in Namibia’s upcoming elections has vehemently opposed a move by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to compel them to sign the elections’ code of conduct. The Southwest African country is set to go to the ballot to elect its president and members of the National Assembly on November 27, 2019, and the code of conduct is meant to eradicate intimidation, harassment and bullying during the campaigns and…

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Homosexuality in Ghana: Speaker condemned cultural imposition by the West

Ghana’s government has said it will, under no circumstance, give in to pressure from the international lobbies, calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality in the West African country. Parliament speaker Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye on Wednesday asked Ghanaians to evade Western cultures imposed on them, saying legalizing same-sex marriage is “corruption of public morals. Prof. Oquaye was speaking during Speaker’s Prayer Breakfast in Parliament that brought together legislators, National Coalition for Proper Human Rights and Family Values, an advocacy…

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ICC to deliver sentence in Ntaganda case on 7 November 2019

On 7 November 2019 at 10:00 (The Hague local time), the Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), will deliver its decision on sentencing in the case The Prosecutor v. Bosco Ntaganda pursuant to article 76 of the Rome Statute. Trial Chamber VI, composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Presiding Judge, Judge Kuniko Ozaki and Judge Chang-ho Chung will deliver its decision in open court in Courtroom 1. On 8 July 2019, Trial Chamber VI found…

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Frustrated Zimbabweans fleeing fragile economy

Thousands of Zimbabweans have been reported leaving the country to escape the crisis-ridden economy that is stinging the South African country, according to reports from Anadolu Agency, an international news agency headquartered in Turkey. Until now, more than 460,000 people have fled the country to look for greener pastures with their destinations being South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Mozambique. Deteriorating Zimbabwe’s economy is characterized by one of the worst annual inflations in the world. In a report released…

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Kais Saied sworn in as new Tunisian President

Former Tunisian law professor Kais Saied on Wednesday took an oath of office as the North African country 8th President after a landslide victory in the presidential run-off held on October 13. He trounced his opponent media mogul Nabil Karoui. The ceremony, which took place in the country’s parliament, was witnessed by members of parliaments and some of the top officials. In his speech, Saied vowed to fight corruption and terrorism and protect freedoms. He garnered 2.7 million votes…

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Mozambique: President Nyusi is set to be declared winner amidst opposition protests

Mozambicans went to the poll on October 15 to elect President, governors and Members of Parliament, in elections many expected to bring a new beginning for the South East African country, which has been marred with political chaos for decades. Preliminary results from the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE) show that the incumbent Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique ruling party, the Mozambique Liberation Front known as FRELIMO is leading with 75 per cent of…

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A cow’s horn does not kill its calf. (Nandi, Kenya)

Mabarei kuinetab teta moitanyi. (Nandi) Pembe ya ng’ombe haiui ndama wake. (Swahili) La corne d’une vache ne tue pas son veau. (French) A cow’s horn does not kill its calf. (English) This proverb from the Nandi community, which is part of the Kalenjin ethnic group in Kenya, emphasizes the importance of discipline, responsibility and punishing of children when they have done something wrong. Such strict measures aim to ensure that children are trained to grow up responsibly, to enable…

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Veteran US Democrat Elijah Cummings dies aged 68

Veteran US Democratic congressman and chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings has died at the age of 68. Mr Cummings, who was much involved with the Trump impeachment inquiry, died of “longstanding health challenges,” according to his office.   The prominent congressman from Maryland had some health challenges in recent years, including heart problems, for which he had received some treatments. His role as chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, put him several…

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Relief for suspended veteran radio journalist Bateman

Eyewitness News reporter Barry Bateman has received financial boost via ‘Crowdfunding’ campaign as he serves his one-month suspension without pay. The fundraising was spearheaded by the co-founder of the radio Jonathan Witt.  “My friend, and journalist, Barry Bateman has been suspended without pay following an incident last month for which he has apologized. If you’re able to help him make ends meet this month please consider making a donation,” said Mr Jonathan Witt. Mr Witt via his Twitter handle…

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ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, concludes visit to Abuja, Nigeria

On Monday, 14 October 2019, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, concluded a two-day visit to Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was her fourth mission to this situation country. During her visit, Prosecutor Bensouda met with the Vice President of Nigeria, H.E. Mr Yemi Osinbajo, to discuss the Nigerian Government’s support and cooperation with the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria currently being conducted by the Office of the…

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Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

The priceless efforts by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to bring lasting peace in his country and far beyond have been rewarded with the 2019 Nobel Peace prize award. According to the Nobel Peace Prize committee, Mr Abiy Ahmed won the prestigious award due to his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation.” He will receive in Oslo, Norway, the 100th Nobel Peace Prize worth around nine million Swedish crowns (about £730,000; $900,000) in December. On coming to the…

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ICC judges hold retreat in Arnhem (The Netherlands)

On 3-4 October 2019, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), held a judicial retreat near Arnhem (The Netherlands). The retreat provided an opportunity for judges to have a private exchange on topics related to the efficiency and functioning of the judiciary. In particular, the retreat focussed on identifying concrete areas in which the judges may best contribute to strengthening the Court and the Rome Statute system. The ICC President, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, said: “The Court’s judges are…

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