Leaving ICC will result in more abuses, impunity
Most African states got their Independence in the 1960s from colonial masters such as Britain, Germany, Belgium, France and Portugal ,among others. More than 50 years later, we still face problems such as poverty, illiteracy, hunger, tribalism and inadequate resources, which results in violence. While the poverty rate in Africa has is reported to have dropped in recent years, rapid population growth means there are more people who still live in poverty. As of 2015, an estimated 330 million people live din poverty compared to 280 million in 1990. Plans by a section of states to pull out of the ICC won’t offer any solutions. Instead, it will worsen the situation by trying to escape from the realities of truth, transparency and accountability. So far, South Africa, Burundi and Gambia have said they’ll leave. Africa is headed to a point where rights and freedoms, transparency and accountability will be a thing of the past.
YABESH ONWONG’A Via email