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Dowry: Which Way Forward?

Dowry, which is extensively practiced in Africa, is a payment made by the groom to the family of the bride while seeking her hands in marriage. In the Southern part of Africa, it is called “lobola.” While it is known as, “Mahari” or “wine-carrying” in the East and West Africa respectively. Dowry is not limited to Africa; it is practised globally. While some have argued that dowry is part of our tradition, handed over to us by our forefathers; therefore, according to this group, we must keep the tradition. Others believe that traditions…

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Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are once again reminded that despite widespread condemnation and growing efforts to eliminate it, abhorrent acts of violence continue to be a reality for countless women and girls throughout the world. Particularly vulnerable in times of conflict, women and girls are too often the victims of egregious sexual crimes. Moreover, while the horrors and suffering of war are felt by entire communities, prevailing inequalities exacerbate these consequences…

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Pistorius’ Sentence More Than Doubled

Reeva Steenkamp “can now rest in peace,” her family said Friday, after a South African high court more than doubled Oscar Pistorius’ sentence for her killing. The Supreme Court of Appeal increased his sentence to 13 years and five months for the murder of his girlfriend, Steenkamp. It issued the ruling after the prosecution appealed his previous sentence of six years as too lenient, according to a CNN report. The former Olympic and Paralympic sprinter killed Steenkamp at his…

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The International Criminal Court Wants to Investigate Situation in the Afghanistan, USA Roles. 

Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), Fatou Bensouda, requested authorisation from the Court’s Judges to initiate an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in the context of the ongoing armed conflict in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (“Afghanistan”). The Situation in Afghanistan has been under preliminary examination by the Office of the Prosecutor since 2006.  After a comprehensive and careful scrutiny of the information available to the Office, applying…

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BREAKING NEWS: President Robert Mugabe Dismissed as Leader of Ruling Party, Grace Mugabe Expelled from the Party.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has been dismissed as the leader of the ruling ZANU – PF party. Moreover, his powerful and influential wife Grace Mugabe has been expelled from the party altogether. President Mugabe has been given a deadline until Monday to resign as the President of Zimbabwe or face an impeachment. Following the dismissal of his former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa two weeks ago from his position based on watery allegations, President Robert Mugabe effectively wrote his…

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Faith, Competition, Desperation and “Church Committee”

When people sought my opinion on the tithe, I told them that it is an act of faith. I do not believe that I must give it to a priest or pastor. Definitely, I know where, when and how to touch lives. But those who do not have the capacity to tithe independently can give to the church or priest. What matters is that it is not under compulsion and the tithe must be used judiciously. I had a…

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Zimbabwe: mene mene tekel upharsin

For those who have been following the political metamorphosis in Zimbabwe or reading our articles about that country, no one needed a political soothsayer to predict the military intervention yesterday in Zimbabwe. The Nebuchadnezzar – like warning had been written boldly and clearly in the palace of President Mugabe, but no one seemed to listen or understand the warning. Those who saw or understood the prophetic warning simply ignored it. Perhaps, they never believe it. They fully believed in…

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INTRODUCING “THE TORCH”

Welcome to The Torch, which tries to beam light on those hidden African socio-political problems. With The Torch, Kata Kata creates awareness of the social issues confronting Africa. Do come on board! That corruption in Africa is endemic is more or less second-hand news, but who aids African leaders to perpetuate their corrupt practices? Often Africa’s corruption/mismanagement is condemned by the West; but where do African leaders hide their stolen money? What are the Western countries doing to eradicate…

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The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture to assist the ICC in the monitoring of the conditions of sentenced persons

The International Criminal Court and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture have concluded an agreement by exchange of letters of 2 November 2017 and 9 November 2017 for the monitoring of conditions of detention of persons sentenced by the Court. Pursuant to the exchange of letters, States Parties which conclude bilateral agreements with the Court on enforcement of sentences, and which are also parties to the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading…

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Zimbabwe: Power Struggle, Dictatorship or Anarchy?

Is the power struggle in Zimbabwe dragging the country into a dictatorship or irredeemable anarchy? This is the question in the minds of many as the power rivalry within the ruling Zanu-PF party and political chess game to succeed President Robert Mugabe head into a dangerous dimension in Zimbabwe. Yesterday, four people have been dragged to court in Zimbabwe for allegedly booing First Lady Grace Mugabe. The accused persons are facing charges of undermining the president’s authority. The four…

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BREAKING NEWS: ICC judges authorise opening of an investigation regarding Burundi situation

  Pre-Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), composed of Judges Chang-ho Chung (Presiding Judge), Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Raul C. Pangalangan, issued a public redacted version of its decision authorising the ICC Prosecutor to open an investigation regarding crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court allegedly committed in Burundi or by nationals of Burundi outside Burundi since 26 April 2015 until 26 October 2017. The Prosecutor is authorised to extend her investigation to crimes which were…

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Statement of ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to the UNSC on the Situation in Libya, pursuant to UNSCR 1970

Mr President, Thank you for giving me the floor. Allow me at the outset to congratulate you on presiding over the Presidency of this august body for the month of November, and to take this opportunity to equally thank you for your continued support of the work of my Office and, the ICC more broadly, both as Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations here in New York as well as Vice-President of the Assembly of States Parties….

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