ICC: Africa should not withdraw

Many African heads of state have expressed their displeasure with the operations of the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying it only targets Africans.

The mandate of the ICC, which was established just over a decade ago out of the Roman Statute, is to take action against individuals who commit international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. 

It was after realising that some of the continent’s presidents committed crimes against their own people with no punitive measures taken against them, some African leaders got membership of the ICC. It is therefore surprising that some of our leaders have made calls on the African Union to cease cooperation with the ICC.

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Bravo police for prompt action

It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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