Africa must support Bashir’s indictment

It’s an open secret. At last, justice has closed in for Sudanese strong man, Omar al Bashir that faces indictment from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Kudos to the prosecutor of prosecutors Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

This is but a fare-thee-well move aiming at saving Africa from sinking into dictatorship and massacres committed by hooligans in power. He becomes a first African sitting president to face the music thanks to crimes against humanity he heinously perpetrated-and he still doing- against innocent people in Darfur. And this move has come late so far. For, it’s the same Bashir that killed millions of people in southern Sudan that he occupied and ruined for long time before SPLA emancipated it after defeating him. 

Given that the victims of this mania are black Africans, African countries south of Sahara have all reasons to fully support this noble and broad move. While this is anxiously waited by peace lovers and makers the world over, however, some African countries have already blindly opposed the presentment! Under pseudo-African brotherhood many, already, have formerly condemned this go at Bashir. Shame on him and all those contemplating to abet with a killer! 

Methinks many African potentates are making a grave mistake. Yeah, they’re making a serious offence by teaming up with killers and dictators simply because they’re ruling and ruining African countries. Such countries should be told to the face. African dictators have hijacked the citizens of their countries they brutally ruin in the name of ruling. They’ve been using their paid and predatory armies to remain in powers as opposed by democratic means.

This myopia of a black sheep is a sheep, nonetheless, is likely to taint and cost Africa a lot. Like it’s been the case with Zimbabwean tyrant who’s regarded as championing the rights of blacks, our rulers, once gain, goofed. Anyway, most of them lack moral authority.

Drat it. They’re the very products of gimmicks and undemocratic means. So this makes point number two for this criminal solidarity. More than a half of African rulers are in power undemocratically and illegally altogether. Thus, they fear their commonalities and similarities may surface. And the same can happen to them especially if embezzlement of public funds is categorized as a crime against humanity. It kills many Africans so to speak. Many pray that this became an offence internationally as the means of saving many poor Africans.

Another reason why African must support ICC is the fact that when this move was announced, Bashir did not bother to consult with AU. Instead, he prayed Arab League to convene an ad hoc conference to look into how to help him out of this imbroglio. Like the Libyan tin-pot dictator with whom he shares dictatorial bent a lot, AU makes sense when his nonsense to air against his unreal foes or being appointed its chair as it shamefully happened recently. It’s a good shoptalk venue but not in serious matters like this.

I know african countries will blindly issue a statement condemning this move. They’re easily fobbed and manipulated by being given empty promises of drops of oil and other cheap baksheeshes by these carbuncular Afro-Arab mélange.

Though it pains to find that African straight-edges have become such nugatory so as to be tried outside Africa, it still is a fact: shall they not put their house in order not to let this happen time and again. So there is no logic to contend that this is neo-colonialism aiming at intimidating them. If they can intimidate their people, why shouldn’t they be intimidated as well?

Forget not. This move, if anything, if it succeeds, will knock sense into the heads of other African dictators and thieves hidden under the crown. We still, painfully and with indignation, remember how Ugandan dictator, Yoweri Museveni in conjunction with Rwandese one, Paul Kagame invaded DRC where they killed people and stole many minerals and other priceless resources. Shall ICC avoid double standard; it’s high time for Museveni and Kagame to face the same thanks to the crimes they committed in DRC.

And indeed, Africa needs to avoid double standard and pretending. Those thinking that this is a colonial plot against African freedom as some people are contending, they should remember that Slobodan Milosevic died in The Hague facing the same. If Bashir be submitted to The Hague , he’ll become a second African dictator to be indicted there after former Liberia killer, Charles Taylor who is still waiting for justice to be done.

It’ll also make more sense shall dictators like Robert Mugabe and Amani Karume of Zanzibar and Benjamin Mkapa (who killed Zanzibaris in 2001) been added to the list of in capacious African mumbo jumbos to be indicted resulting from the crime against humanity.

I thus fully support the indictment of Bashir. For it’ll act as a wake up call for those still at large.

Off the cuffs: Rwandan autocratic regime recently passed the law to ban prosecuting ex-leaders! But why should this be done after her former president, Pasteur Bizimungu rot in the prison? Hypocrisy, hypocrisy ad infinitum.

Nkawzi Mhango is a Tanzanian living in Canada. He writes regularly for “The African Executive” and also has a blog entitled “Free Thinking Unabii”. He is a guest contributor to AfroSpear.

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