Thursday January 28, 2016
- Trial of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo
and his street general Charles Ble' Goude' begins in the
Hague. They both face four charges of crimes against
humanity (murder, rape, other inhumane acts or in the
alternative - attempted murder, and persecution).
According to the ICC, seventy year old
former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was
surrendered to the court on November 30, 2011 and on
June 12 2014, the Pre-trial Chamber confirmed the
charges he's now facing. 44-year-old Charles Ble' Goude'
was taken into the custody of the ICC on March 22, 2014
after he was arrested by Ivory Coast authorities on an
arrest warrant issued by the court on December 21, 2011.
Both men will now have the opportunity to defend
themselves against the charges - a chance their alleged
victims were never given.
Supporters say Gbagbo is being
punished for standing up to the former colonial power.
"We want him to be released," said Michele, a
Paris-based Ivorian protesting outside the court.
"France intervened to oust Gbagbo and install a rebel
chief," she added, referring to Ouattara, still seen by
many Gbagbo supporters as illegitimate despite his
re-election last year. Gbagbo's supporters accuse the
court of being selective in its prosecutions, though
court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Wednesday she
had stepped up investigations into the pro-Ouattara
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had the
previous day told the media that the ICC had enough
evidence to support the charges against the two accused
men. When the trial opened she emphasised - "Let me be
clear from the outset: this trial is not about who won
the 2010 elections. Nor is it about who should have won
those elections. It is about the individual criminal
responsibility of the two Accused for crimes committed
in the 2010 post-election violence which fall under the
jurisdiction of this Court. It is about their
responsibility for crimes committed by the armed forces
of Côte d'Ivoire, and by youth groups, militia and
mercenaries – in furtherance of a plan to keep Laurent Gbagbo in power by all means." She went on to highlight
portions of the evidence which she says made it
mandatory for the ICC to try the men on the charges
preferred against them."
And it is ironic that it was the rat
who was sent to Ivory Coast to persuade Laurent Gbagbo
not to extend his term in office illegally with his then
Information minister I B Kargbo hinting on the use of
force should Gbagbo refuse to leave power.
Monday December 14, 2015 -
After 20 years the
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has
today delivered its last verdict sitting as a court in
Arusha, Tanzania. It gave its decision on the appeals of
a notorious killer group known as the Butare 6 led by a
former minister, one Pauline Nyiramasuhuko.
The ICTR may have concluded its sittings
in the Tanzanian city of Arusha, but its work to bring
to justice all those connected with the 1994 genocide in
Rwanda will continue with a residual court ready to meet
anywhere to look into matters relating to its mandate -
bringing to justice all those deemed to have been the
brains behind the slaughter of close to a million
moderate Hutus and Tutsis.
The United Nations Security Council
established the International Criminal Tribunal for
Rwanda to "prosecute persons responsible for genocide
and other serious violations of international
humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda
and neighbouring States, between 1 January 1994 and 31
is a part of the summary of the court's decision on the
appeals lodged on behalf of the Butare 6. The full
summary could be found
Appeals Chamber today delivered its judgement on the appeals lodged by
Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Arsène Shalom Ntahobali, Sylvain
Nsabimana, Alphonse Nteziryayo, Joseph Kanyabashi, Élie
Ndayambaje, and the Prosecution. This last judgement of
the Appeals Chamber brings an end to the Tribunal’s
judicial activity. Nyiramasuhuko served as Minister of Family and Women’s
Development under the interim government in 1994.
Ntahobali, Nyiramasuhuko’s son, was a student and
part‑time manager of Hotel Ihuliro in Butare-ville
Sector in April 1994. Nsabimana was appointed prefect of
Butare on 19 April 1994 and served in that position
until 17 June 1994 when he was replaced by Nteziryayo.
Kanyabashi was the bourgmestre of Ngoma Commune during
the events at issue. Ndayambaje served as bourgmestre of
Muganza Commune from 18 June 1994 until he left Rwanda
on 7 July 1994.
A study of the case of Pauline Nyiramasuhuko
shows just how the human being can, at an opportune
moment, become worse than the most savage of beasts.
Here was a woman from a poor background who with
determination and the will to prove that being born poor
is not a condemnation, got academic and other
qualifications that would make her the perfect loving
mother, the perfect African woman who cares for the
needy in any community she knows that needs her help.
And what changed?
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln
December 9, 2015
- Today is World Anti Corruption Day and this year's
theme is - "Break the Corruption Chain" - a call for all
to put a stop to this crime against the people. In
Sierra Leone, not a whimper from the burrow of the rat
and his accomplices of nation wreckers and unrepentant
Today December 9, 2015 is being observed
globally as a day to renew and invigorate the ongoing
battle against what has been described as a corrosive
and criminal activity that undermines the rule of law
and the integrity of the state. In
his message on this
day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminds the world
- "Corruption has disastrous impacts on development when
funds that should be devoted to schools, health clinics
and other vital public services are instead diverted
into the hands of criminals or dishonest officials.
Corruption exacerbates violence and
insecurity. It can lead to dissatisfaction with public
institutions, disillusion with government in general,
and spirals of anger and unrest. The United Nations
Convention against Corruption provides a comprehensive
platform for governments, non-governmental
organizations, civil society, and individual citizens.
Through prevention, criminalization, international
cooperation and assets recovery, the Convention advances
global progress toward ending corruption."
The UN notes
the need for countries to tackle this criminal boa that
is squeezing the life out of the poor. "Corruption is a
complex social, political and economic phenomenon that
affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic
institutions, slows economic development and contributes
to governmental instability. Corruption attacks the
foundation of democratic institutions by distorting
electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and
creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for
existing is the soliciting of bribes.
The US Secretary of State,
John Kerry, has this as a part of his message - "I call
on partner countries, civil society groups, and business
leaders to strengthen our common efforts to combat
corruption. Simply put, bad governance is one of the
biggest challenges globally. The cost of corruption is
beyond debate: it fuels instability and robs innocent
people of their due and their possibilities. And yet, as
deeply rooted as corruption can be in some countries, it
is not inevitable. The United States remains steadfast
in its commitment to advance democratic accountability
and transparency, and to root out corruption wherever it
There's an interesting article in the
Concord Times with the headline -
CORRUPTION STILL THRIVES:
THE ACC NEEDS SOUL SEARCHING
and goes on -
is still the way of life in our society despite some
desperate public relations gimmick by both officials at
the Anti-Corruption Corruption (ACC) and within
government. The current government is always quick to
beat its chest that it had given the commission more
powers to prosecute alleged corrupt persons, unlike
pre-2007 when the Attorney General’s Office had to give
the fiat. That is the fact. But what they do not tell
the public is that there numerous cases of corruption
which are not being prosecuted or have stalled in court,
for inexplicable reasons. The fiftieth anniversary
celebration is one among the lot."
The silence from
those outlets sucking deep from the proceeds of
corruption is ear-shattering. Not a whimper from the
many outlets praising the rat for a living.
Saturday November 7, 2015
- It is official, it is
from a much sobered-up World Health Organisation. Sierra
Leone is now Ebola Virus Disease free. Time to rejoice
and a time to be even more vigilant as this viral beast
has a way of re-appearing when vigilance level is
This is a part of the World Health
that says it all. "Today, the World Health Organization
declares that Ebola virus transmission has been stopped
in Sierra Leone. Forty-two days, that is two Ebola virus
incubation cycles, have now passed since the last person
confirmed to have Ebola virus disease had a second
negative blood test. "Since Sierra Leone recorded the
first Ebola case in May 2014, a total number of 8,704
people were infected and 3,589 have died, 221 of them
healthcare workers, all of whom we remember on this day”
said Dr Anders Nordström, WHO Representative in Sierra
The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar
has been in Freetown and reported on how the capital,
Freetown was getting ready for the occasion - "This is
the moment Sierra Leone has been waiting for. Thousands
of people took to the streets of the capital on the
run-up to midnight. Women's groups came together to
organise a march through the city centre; the final
point was a 600-year-old cotton tree which sits on a
huge roundabout. Usually, the area is jammed with cars,
but last night it was packed with people."
UK Foreign Secretary Philip
Hammond observed - "Defeating Ebola has
been a long and difficult journey and this achievement
belongs first and foremost to the people of Sierra Leone
who have demonstrated incredible resilience, bravery and
determination. In the face of lives lost and huge
sacrifices, we should remember the 221 Sierra Leonean
healthcare workers who lost their lives during this
The worries of many Sierra Leoneans
however is that given the manner in which contracts were
awarded that saw unscrupulous and wicked people with
close links to the rat became millionaires at the
expense of the dead, infected, afflicted and affected, a
system of proper accountability must be in place and we
are not thinking of the kind of Parliamentary oversight
headed by one RASS-in Bundu.
Among those who were around to listen
to the smoke and mirrors rat of a president squeaking
away during the celebration was his new money-maker,
Transport and Aviation mafia don Logus Koroma who
would think nothing of getting Sierra Leone indebted in
projects that would line his pockets. Don't be surprised
to hear him come up with a project involving investing
in a patch of land on the moon a la China!!!
Even as we rejoice and give thanks to
the Good Lord that our many prayers have been answered
let us not forget the health troubles and economic
difficulties affecting the Ebola Virus Disease
Every support must be given to them as
health experts try to unravel the impact of the disease
on those it could not kill.
|Sunday March 22, 2015 - The supreme law of the land, the Constitution is violated with utter contempt for the people of Sierra Leone as the rat and his cabal refuse to learn from the lessons of history. Condemnation from civil society, the Bar Association, the Sierra Leone Labour Congress and all concerned Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone.
Mark 10:45New International Version (NIV) - 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
After plunging the country into a freefall of lawlessness, violence and utter contempt for the rule of law resulting in a decade-long war, the nation wreckers are at it again - interpreting the Constitution as it fits their warped minds and not caring about the consequences. Even though the supreme law of the land clearly states the circumstances under which the post of the Vice President could be deemed vacant as well as what needs to be done should that occur, the rat and his cabal in an unconstitutional and illegal move have ignored all the provisions of the Constitution. This makes the rat the subject of impeachment proceedings for going against the Constitution which he took an oath to protect and defend.
Despite written protestations from Sierra Leoneans versed in constitutional matters that his moves against a sitting Vice President was illegal, the rat, buoyed on by ill-informed and selfish members of his group has gone ahead - squeaking that he has "Executive Authority" and could therefore violate the Constitution went ahead with his dubious scheme and quite clearly an act of treason to "relieve" the Vice President elected by the people of Sierra Leone in the 2012 Presidential elections. Former Attorney General and Justice Minister Dr Abdulai Conteh has reminded the rat and his cabal on the illegaility of their action. "Membership of a political party is a qualification for election to the office, but nowhere is it stated in the Constitution that membership or continuing membership is a necessary qualification for or coterminous with continuing or remaining in office. In the midst of fighting the devastating scourge of the Ebola virus which is set to bring our dear country and our neighbours to ruination, we should all strive as Team Sierra Leone, to beat back this scourge and not dissipate scarce human and other resources and goodwill on avoidable and needless diversions."
We shall resist this criminal and illegal move using all means necessary for we know just how far we have come to get to this stage and no disciple of satan will be allowed to take us down the path we have said with one voice that we would never again tread.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln
7, 2015 - Justice at last for the people of Bumbuna as
mining company is hauled before London High Court. The
failure of the rat and his cabal to protect the lives,
livelihood and the way of life of the poor.
Many in Sierra Leone and elsewhere
interested in justice for the poor would have heaved a
great sigh of relief on hearing the news that one law
firm in the UK is seeking justice for the people of
Bumbuna in the north of Sierra Leone.
Guardian newspaper had this headline - "Sierra
Leone villagers sue mining company in London high court"
and went on - "An iron ore firm once listed in London is
being sued in a multimillion pound lawsuit over
evictions and alleged violent treatment of workers and
villagers living near one of its mines in Sierra Leone.
African Minerals Limited is accused of complicity in
false imprisonment, assault and battery, trespass and
theft of the claimants’ property. It is also allegedly
implicated in a fatal shooting of a 24-year-old by
police during a protest over pay and conditions. The
allegations, which have been denied by AML, once again
raises questions about regulation of western companies,
listed in London, New York or other major stock
exchanges, when operating thousands of miles away in
Tonkolili Iron Ore Ltd denies liability for the
incidents which took place just outside the Tonkolili
Iron Ore Ltd mining site outside Bumbuna town in the
north of Sierra Leone. The company claims that it has no
vicarious responsibility for the actions of the police
and that the English courts lack jurisdiction for events
in Sierra Leone. The High Court has heard arguments from
the legal team at Leigh Day, who are representing the
claimants, that a number of villages were taken over and
hundreds of families relocated with minimal consultation
in a move to allow African Minerals Limited to expand
Kindly recall that the Sierra Herald
joined the many who had expressed concern over the
highhandedness of the security forces and called for
justice for those affected especially in the case of
what looked like the deliberate targeting and killing of
Musu Conteh. Calls
for justice to be seen to be done fell on deaf ears as
reports filtered to us that some brave journalists who
dared to raise the issue and to criticise the operations
of the company were faced with threats of legal action.