African leaders should make ICC irrelevant through good human rights record
Posted Monday, October 21 2013 at 01:00
Allow me to comment about the ongoing reaction of some African leaders towards the International Criminal
At its onset, many African countries joined the ICC either because of their history of human rights abuses by
past dictators or because they expected a possibility of human rights violation in future.
The ICC has achieved a lot for the ordinary African. A case in point is the indictment of the Lord’s
Resistance Army rebels in northern Uganda - a step that eventually contributed to the end of the war.
In light of the above, what African leaders need to do is to respect the social contract they have with their
citizens. Continuous violation of human rights and manipulating constitutions seem to further worsen Africa’s
human rights record and undermine good governance.
It is now upon African leaders to improve human rights record in order to make the ICC irrelevant to what seem
to be termed as witch-hunt of Africans over crimes. What is very interesting is that it is leaders who seem to
blow the whistle while their electorates have remained silent. There is gold in silence indeed, which leaders
African leaders should simply win the hearts of their people through good governance as a sign of creating a
civil society by example. Short of this, ICC will remain relevant to an ordinary African.
John Vianney Ahumuza
Uganda Christian University - Mukono