ICC, Ebola High On Agenda at AU Summit

A total of 34 participants are attending a 3 days National Referees course (28th-30th January 2015) at the Uganda Olympics Committee premises in Lugogo, page UVF media commission tells ChimpSport.

The course being facilitated by The Referees commission is aimed at increasing the man power base of the Referees commission.

National Referee instructor Innocent Komackech is spearheading the initiative that has attracted participants from Kabale, medical Lira, buy information pills Mpigi, Palisa, Kampala and Bukedea.

Day one schedule includes, History of the game, facilities and equipment, playing format, playing action and official hand signal.

“There will be examinations on a daily basis to assess the performance of all participants” said Course instructor Innocent Komakech. Test will be both written and practicals. “The passing mark for all participants is 75%”. added Komakech who is also the sitting Volleyball Classifier for Africa.

“I expect to understand the rules of the game both as a player and a referee” Basalidde Nicholas a course participant from Kazo Stingers Volleyball Club told

National team player, Maureen Muwamula and beach Volleyball youngster Faith Magoole are in attendance.

The course is also being attended by a 16 year old Sennyondo Justine from the K.A.V.C Holiday Clinic.


Sports organizing commission member Deo Nsereko is also in attendance to bring the participants up to speed with the commission activities.

International Referees, Denis Ochan and commission Head Samuel Keen Bukoma are all scheduled to facilitate at the 3 days course.

The participants will be expected to officiate at the 4th Edition of the Presidents cup schedule for this weekend at MUBS/MTN Arena.

At the end of the training, successful participants will be awarded a National Referees certificate. “

“Uganda boost of regional leagues and this will help improve the level of refereeing in those leagues”.  said Sports Organizing Commission Member Deo Nsereko.

The course is being financed by Uganda Volleyball Federation with support from Uganda Olympics Committee.
By By Murigi Macharia

THE International Criminal Court (ICC) agenda and the recent Ebola crisis in West Africa are top agenda issues when the 24th Ordinary Session  of the African Union opens in Addis Ababa, prescription Ethiopia, click Friday.

A strong Kenyan delegation led by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed is already in Addis Ababa to push the Kenyan agenda on ICC.

The Cabinet Secretary said Kenya has strongly pushed for a comprehensive overhaul of the Rome Statute to ensure that its mechanisms duly recognize the African realities and socio-political context with regard to conflict resolution, this justice, accountability and political stability.

And because these efforts did not succeed largely because of resistance by Western interests, Ms Mohammed said Kenya has indicated that it will associate itself with the initiative to establish an African International Justice mechanism that delivers African solutions to African problems.

The CS said the mechanism is nearly complete as proposed during the 23rd Ordinary Session of the AU summit in Malabo, Equtorial Guinea last June and developed under the Malabo protocal. Kenya has already signed and ratified the proposed African mechanism and the Kenyan team will be pushing for this agenda at the summit.

President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves the country on Thursday  to join other African leaders for the two day Heads of State and government of the African Union summit that takes place  at the AU head-quarters  in Addis Ababa.

President Kenyatta will be accompanied by the First  Lady Margaret Kenyatta who will be attending  the Organization of  African First Ladies  Against Aids (OAFLA) General Assembly  on the sidelines of the AU.

The Foreign Affairs CS  said Kenya believes in  an African solution because the  Hague experience  has not achieved much.

“We (Africans) have better ways to develop our own judicial mechanisms. We need to build capacity for own our mechanisms” said Ms Mohammed when she briefed journalists at the AU headquarters.

During the 23rd Ordinary Session of the AU Summit in Malabo, Equtorial Guinea in June last year, the African leaders developed the Malabo protocal which among other issues agreed on amendments to the protocal on the statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights to handle international matters currently under the ICC.

The African leaders attending the Malabo summit called on member states to speedily sign and ratify the African Court legal instrument to enable the continental  court acquire the necessary powers to handle  all   high-level judicial-criminal cases related to Africa.

President Yoweri Museveni on Jamhuri Day celebrations in Kenya last year threatened to move a motion during the current AU summit for African states to move out of the Rome Statute  enmasse.

Since then, the criminal case facing President Kenyatta has been dropped at the ICC for lack of evidence while that facing Deputy President William Ruto and Radio Journalist Joshua arap Sang is ongoing at the Hague, Netherlands.

The entire world will be watching to see how the AU will handle the ICC agenda and whether the continent will take such a drastic move to exit the Rome Statute. The world will also be watching to see whether the court can survive without membership of the African countries.

Besides the AU summit, President Kenyatta will on arrival in Addis Ababa   attend the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meeting that takes place tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon, ahead of the AU summit the following day.  President Kenyatta is the current IGAD rapporteur.

The AU Assembly is a semi- annual meeting of the heads of states and government where most important decisions of the  53-member state  are made. The AU Assembly brings together all the African States except Morocco which is not a member of the union.

The theme of this year’s summit is :  “2015 Year of women’s  Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. Preparatory meetings ahead of the Heads of States summit have been going on in Addis Ababa since January 23rd.

Other key issues lined for discussion include the establishment of the African Centre for Disease control and prevention (viewed against the recent Ebola crisis ) , peace and security in Africa  and  alternative sources of financing the African Union .

Besides the AU and Igad meetings, President Kenyatta is also expected to hold a series of bilateral meetings with other leaders including the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on matters of mutual interest.

Other leaders scheduled to  hold talks with President Kenyatta include FAO Director Mr Jose  Graziano Da Silva .

As the African leaders and their representatives started arriving in Addis Ababa yesterday, security was heightened across the capital where all the main roads were being manned by armed military and police officers.

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