Mushikiwabo On ICC: Africa Sick Of Judicial Colonialism

drugs geneva; font-size: small;”>Speaking on a panel titled “The Road to a new Independence” at the New York Forum Africa 2013 taking place in Libreville, see Minister Mushikiwabo said it is past time for Africa to take charge of its destiny: “We have a lot in common as a continent. We need to define what we want and make plans for ourselves.

There is a need for us, as countries of Africa, to make decisions on our own and not allow others to make decisions for us”.

In a discussion on infrastructure and regional integration as key growth factors, Minister Mushikiwabo said that Rwanda was conscious of the importance of development of infrastructure and human capital, an awareness triggered after the country hit rock bottom.

In response to comments by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, who defended the ICC against accusations of being politicised and of unfairly targeting Africans, Minister Mushikiwabo said: “With the International Criminal Court the only thing we hear is Africa – what happened to the word “international”? What about other parts of the world? What Africa wants is justice, not judicial colonialism”.



Other panelists on the panel included Colin Coleman MD of Goldman Sachs International, Mr. Luc OYOUBI, Gabonese Minister of Economy, Employment and Sustainable Development and Thierry Tanoh, CEO of Ecobank.

The NY Forum Africa 2013 was also attended by Heads of State of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) and Senegalese President Macky Sall, who will represent Africa at the upcoming G8 Summit in UK.

CEMAC Heads of State discussed economic challenges and solutions for the region in a panel titled: “New challenges, new hope, new leadership”.

The second edition of the New York Forum Africa 2013 saw a record participation of over 700 people from all over the world, among them opinion leaders from business, politics and academia.

The forum is an initiative of Richard Attias & Associates, under the patronage of President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, and in partnership with the government of Gabon.

The Forum is organized around a number of major debates that examine the key economic and business issues Africa faces today, with key themes that include trade, transparency and trust, investment, infrastructure, and growth.

Uganda Cranes came from a goal down to beat 10-man Angola 2-1 in a 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, this evening.

The win takes the Cranes top of Group J with eight points before Liberia host Senegal.

Uganda threatened early in the game with efforts through Cyprus based forward Geoffrey Massa and Oloya Moses but were both denied by Angola goalkeeper Hugo Marques.

The first half ended goalless with the hosts missing many scoring opportunities, only for the visitors to take the lead early in the second half.

Hardworking Angola centre-back Ricardo Estevas Job curved the ball past Uganda’s goalkeeper Robert Odongkara to make it 1-0. The Cranes went on the back-foot as the Angola team dominated play.

The clock ticking with only a mere 11 minutes to full time Emmanuel Okwi who had struggled all week with naggling knee and ankle injuries scored a beautiful equaliser for the home side with delightful in-swing that the goalkeeper misjudged to send the stadia in a roar

After bringing on the fresh legs of Robert Ssentongo and Hamis Kiiza, Uganda pushed for a winner.

Iceland based midfield ace Tony Mawejje, who also scored in the 1-0 win over Liberia last weekend, netted a late winner in the 86th minute moments after Angola defender Fabricio Matuta had been sent-off.

“This is a very sweet win,” Cranes skipper Andrew Mwesigwa told reporters after the match.

The moments that followed were all celebration in the pitch as fans danced all the way after their team had done them proud with a great comeback.

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