Leav­ing ICC will re­sult in more abuses, im­punity

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

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

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