ICC shouldn’t yield to African dictators
Posted Wednesday, October 16 2013 at 01:00
The International Criminal Court is currently faced with a threat by some African leaders to withdraw their membership. At present, while the world awaits justice for the blood of innocent Kenyans killed in 2007-2008, the ICC is the one now on trial.
Will the ICC stick to its principles and grant justice to those who deserve it or will it bend the law to suit the interests of those putting pressure on it?
Evidently, Africans have suffered at the hands of their own despotic leaders. African people have been massacred by leaders who should have protected them. Their human rights have been grossly abused and the only hope left for them is the intervention of the international community.
Whilst the ICC may appear irrelevant to some African leaders, it is important to those Kenyan citizens whose relatives were brutally murdered in the 2007/2008 post-election violence. To the Ugandan people, the ICC justice is about those innocent civilians who were murdered in northern Uganda for more than 20 years and those who were ruthlessly burnt in the railway wagon in eastern Uganda, to mention but a few.
Sadly, all across Africa, souls of innocent natives are crying for justice but there is no levelled ground for justice to prevail. Back in my own home country Uganda, thousands of innocent civilians have been brutally murdered but their deaths still await investigation and justice.
In Luweero District of central Uganda for example, thousands of civilians were slaughtered but till today, the perpetrators have not yet been brought to justice. No one has claimed responsibility for the draconian massacre in Luweero since both the NRA and the UNLA have always blamed each other for the butchery. It is a matter of concern whether before the NRA went to Luwero bushes, there was any massacre there which they could put as a basis for generating war. The NRA leaders say they went to the bush with 27 guns, and what were those guns for? If two groups were fighting, who should have killed more; the one that emerged as winner or the one that was defeated? Are the bones in the Luweero triangle for civilians alone or do they include the bones of the UNLA and NRA soldiers too? These are issues that require the ICC’s intervention.
Those African leaders being questioned by the ICC and those who are doubtful of their future should realise that they are innocent unless proven guilty. So what is all the panic about?
Peter Cromwell Okello,