justice

FOR THE 30

I pray for the thirty, for the thirty who are thirsty

For the thirty who are thirsty of the justice of their land

Of their land which is smashed and dashed about as nought

Which is dashed about as nought as though they really don’t matter

As though they really don’t matter because they never really did

They never really did because their fathers wrought it so

Their fathers wrought it so because their brains had so been milked

Their brains had so been milked because they looked more at their breasts

They looked more at their breasts because their tummies needed fat

Their tummies needed fat although their children were growing hungry

Their children were growing hungry for the fatness of their soil

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Hungry for their fatness and thirsty for their flow

 

Hungry for their freedom and thirsty for their glow

Hungry for their children and the need to see them grow

Thirsty like the thirty who are aiming for their brow!

 

 

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AU DECRIES ICC BIAS TOWARD AFRICA

The African Union has cried foul, to seeming bias, demonstrated by the International Criminal Court, toward African Heads of States.

With both Kenyan and Sudanese presidents facing ICC cases, African leaders have long complained that the court unfairly targets them.

 Uhuru Kenyatta, facing charges for violence after 2007 elections

Uhuru Kenyatta, facing charges for 2007 post elections violence

Addressing the summit, Mr. Kenyatta accused the court of bias and “race-hunting”, AFP reports.”The ICC has been reduced into a painfully farcical pantomime, a travesty that adds insult to the injury of victims. It stopped being the home of justice the day it became the toy of declining imperial powers.”

“In advanced countries, sitting presidents are not hauled before courts. It’s for the courts to wait for the president to finish their terms before proceedings can be instituted,” Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s foreign minister told a news conference.

The AU leaders, meeting in Addis Ababa, agreed to back immunity for any sitting African head of state. The African Union summit in Ethiopia has demanded a deferral of The Hague trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, due to start in November.

According to Mark Kersten’s (London School of Economics researcher, who set up the Justice in Conflict blog) word to the BBC, “The Kenyatta and Ruto trials have brought tensions to a head.” “The perception that the court is neo-colonialist and anti-African has burgeoned and solidified [in the AU].”

Though the AU has amongst others agreed on a resolution stating no sitting African head of state should appear before an international court, senior figures including Kofi Annan have criticized plans to quit the ICC.

All the same, Ethiopian Prime Minister and AU chairman Hailemariam Dessalegn said the summit was not a crusade against the ICC but a call for the court to address Africa’s concerns seriously.

 

VICTORY FOR JUSTICE

12 of the 16 UB students earlier detained as a result of the last strike action that rocked the campus in March, have been found not guilty, and consequently released after spending 2 months, three weeks and a day at the Buea central prison.

The verdict was handed down last Thursday at the Buea court of first instance after answering the 24 charges that were slammed them, for spear heading the last strike in the University of Buea.

Amongst the 4 who were found guilty, Remy, received a sentence of 1 year 6 months imprisonment and a fine of over 50million FCFA. The three others were sentenced to 9 months in jail and a fine of 140.000 FCFA each, for burning down a government car, destroying the University fish pond and for several other destructions which occurred during the last strike on the UB campus.