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Initial court appearance of Alfred Yekatom scheduled for 23 November 2018

The initial appearance of Alfred Yekatom before the single judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), Judge Tomoko Akane, is scheduled for Friday, 23 November 2018, at 11:00 (The Hague local time) in Courtroom I. Mr. Yekatom was surrendered to the ICC on 17 November 2018 following a warrant of arrest issued on 11 November 2018 for his alleged criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in western CAR between…

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Alfred Yekatom: Statement of the Chief Prosecutor on the transfer of suspect

The people of the Central African Republic have suffered and endured atrocious crimes in one of this century’s violent conflicts. I welcome today’s transfer of Mr. Alfred Yekatom to the International Criminal Court to face justice for his alleged crimes. Our independent and impartial investigation has produced evidence on the basis of which we allege Mr. Yekatom is criminally responsible for several counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic between 5 December…

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Central African Republic: Alfred Yekatom surrendered to the ICC for crimes against humanity and war crimes

Today, 17 November 2018, Mr Alfred Yekatom (“Mr Yekatom”) was surrendered to the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) by the authorities of the Central African Republic (“CAR”). Pre‑Trial Chamber II of the ICC had issued a warrant of arrest against Mr Yekatom on 11 November 2018 for his alleged criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in western CAR between December 2013 and August 2014. Pre-Trial Chamber II – composed of Judge Antoine Kesia‐Mbe Mindua, Presiding, Judge Tomoko Akane…

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Dialogue at the Kata Kata Village Square over Breastfeeding

(At the kata kata village square. Agama’s wife has reported the husband to the village assembly for sexual harassment. The village wants to settle the quarrel. Coincidentally, Piccolo, the Kata Kata Village’s representative at the WHO’s organised breastfeeding course has just returned to brief the village on the course  ). CHIEF: My people, you know our Kata Kata village is village of peace. So therefore, we wan’ help Agama and family live in peace.  Madam Agama, why you report…

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Leadership and the Principle of Destructo-creativity

“Effective leaders sacrifice much that is good in order to dedicate themselves to what is best.” John C. Maxwell   For a seed to grow, it must first die before it germinates and springs into life. Life is all about making sacrifices aimed at achieving something worthy. It is said that a ship without a captain is destined for destruction. From managerial competence, integrity, decisiveness, empowerment, sincere enthusiasm, great communication skills, loyalty etc, leaders are not born, but rather…

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Nigeria’s Uzoho sad to miss South Africa, Uganda games

Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper Francis Uzoho is sad that he will be out of action for four weeks after he suffered a rib fracture, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The Elche goalkeeper will therefore not take part in the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash against South Africa on November 17 and the friendly against Uganda billed for Asaba, Delta State. The on-loan Deportivo La Coruna keeper was in action for Elche when they lost 5-1 Cadiz in Sunday’s Segunda…

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Time waits for no one

The one thing I really like about the clock, is that it keeps on going forward – not backward. Forward ever, backward never. If the clock stops going forward, it is in most cases, due to mechanical or battery problems. Otherwise, it is all about forward ever. Hum. Interesting indeed, isn’t it? How does this reflect human life? Life goes on. Does it apply to the African situation? The time factor does indeed explain certain issues in human life….

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ICC President concludes mission to the seat of the United Nations

The President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, has concluded an official mission to the seat of the United Nations (UN) in New York. During his visit, which lasted from Monday, 29 October until Thursday 1 November 2018, President Eboe-Osuji addressed the UN General Assembly to present the Court’s annual report to the United Nations. He also held a number of meetings with representatives of States and officials of the United Nations, and gave a lecture at…

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Nigeria: Rohr drops Onazi, Mikel still out, Osimhen returns for S’Africa

Mikel Obi has again been left out as Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr calls back former U17 World Cup-winning forward Victor Osimhen after a long time out, with another U17 World Cup winning forward Samuel Chukwueze earning the first call Stand-in Captain Ahmed Musa and 20 others were also invited for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg on November 17. The same group will prosecute the…

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 Africa: Leadership and Developmental Priorities

  Experts have argued that Africa has at least 200 billion dollars sustainable development investment potentials. Arguably, developments and poverty eradication in Africa have witnessed some progress in the last 60 years. According to the UNO, poverty has been reduced worldwide from about 40% to fewer than 20% in the last 30 years. While many countries in the world have made significant progress in the areas of health, education, infrastructure, living standard, etc. the majority of African countries with their…

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South Africa and Resignation of Finance Minister: A South Africa or a slap on Ramaphosa’s Government?

When South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took over power from the corrupt-ridden former President Jacob Zuma, Mr. Ramaphosa promised a new South Africa and vowed to vigorously stamp out corruption amongst South African leaders. In view of this, the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as the country’s finance minister amidst his alleged meetings with the infamous Gupta family has generated discussions, as well as different interpretations in the South African political arena. President Ramaphosa accepted Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation and replaced…

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A Good Reason to Welcome Melania Trump to Africa.

One may bark, What the hell is the US First Lady Melania Trump, possibly doing in Africa? A continent once labeled a Sh.thole? Now in Ghana, does Melania Trump’s husband really know where his wife is? Or could she have lied and told him she was visiting Germany instead of Ghana? Germany – Ghana? Hum, sounds similar…? Similar? Never mind, all I wanted to say was that the two countries may “sound” similar, to some people. Yes, to someone,…

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