AU ‘protecting evil African leaders’ – Tanonoka Joseph Whande

via AU ‘protecting evil African leaders’ May 30, 2014 Zimbabwe Independent by Tanonoka Joseph Whande

AFRICA’S Ministers of Justice and Legal Affairs and Attorneys-General, who are responsible for upholding the law on the continent, met over two days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, recently.

These are men and women who give legal advice to their presidents and heads of state; people who map national laws and are expected to uphold the rule of law on our continent.

These are the custodians of Africa’s laws and are responsible for keeping the law among Africa’s 1,1 billion inhabitants.

According to an African Union (AU) Commission press release, participants included Ministers of Justice/Attorneys-General, ministers responsible for issues such as human rights, constitutionalism and rule of law, legal experts from AU member states, representatives from the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
It was a big indaba indeed!

The AU has 14 objectives, three of which are “to promote peace, security, and stability on the continent”, “to promote democratic principles and institutions, popular participation and good governance”, and “to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights in accordance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other relevant human rights instruments”.

But this gathering of law experts had varied agendas.

“With a mission to develop instruments that reflect the collective shared values of the AU member states”, the meeting was set to consider, among others, draft agendas ranging from cross-border co-operation, cyber-security, to the protocol on the establishment of the African Monetary Fund. The participants even intended to debate what they called “a draft of African Model Law on Biosafety”.

It remains a mystery as to how these learned men and women ended up not only discussing but also demanding immunity for “sitting African leaders for their part in genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

It is of concern why Africa’s leaders want this. I am not in a position to chronicle atrocities committed by leaders of other countries outside Africa. My concern right now is why a group of legal experts from Africa’s countries, and with the blessing of the AU, would gather to demand immunity for crimes committed or to be committed.

Currently, African leaders show deplorable attitudes towards the lives of their citizens. They have become more of security risks to their own people than terrorists are. They abuse and steal from national coffers.

What really is wrong with African leaders? How do they corrupt men and women who slave for decades to achieve international status as law experts, but who then willingly fight to defeat the legal machinery for which they worked so hard to be part of?

Is this terrorism of a sort that is now coming from our legal wing of the world?

After what we have witnessed under President Robert Mugabe, how much more freedom to abuse us does he want?

If we in Zimbabwe look at the way government is behaving, we can see that this cancer was born well before Independence. It is clear that from the Gukurahundi massacres in Matabeleland and parts of the Midlands, murders of opposition party supporters to the current national embarrassment of flood victims sheltered at Chingwizi camp, the culture of evil and not serving and protecting is Zanu PF’s aim.

Now the leaders want immunity, not only over what crimes they have already committed, but for crimes they intend to commit in the future.

If they are going to kill us all, they will have to do it without our consent or permission. I do not see how we can give our leader a legal platform to kill us. He has already done that; he has already destroyed the nation.

Africa’s leaders are collectively responsible for the deterioration of our continent and the deaths of more of our compatriots than those we lost during colonial times.

African presidents should neither ask nor be granted a blank cheque to continue with the abuse, murder and freedom to abuse public funds. It took us so long to be where we are.

Africa first suffered under colonial rule. Why, God, why do Africans have to suffer worse under their own?

How much can the African people take; how much can we forgive when our leaders kill our children and destroy our schools, industry and livelihoods?

We have a backlog of African leaders to prosecute over issues of political murders and abuse of power, and we are not in a position to offer them further leeway to continue and do worse under a legal framework.

We are at the mercy of our leaders. If we elected them, why are they abusing their own nations?

As we progress as nations, as a people, we leave marks. We leave trails like snails and can never run away from ourselves.

But we cannot give our signatures to permit a group of self-serving leaders to do as they please with us. Laws are meant to curtail their excesses; laws give us boundaries to enjoy freedom without taking away from others.

Laws, like the Bible is to our existence, are a “how to” manuals, telling us about all the freedom we deserve from our country and protection we expect from our government and how to use it.

Laws keep us equal and for the AU to be part to such despicable motives is unacceptable.

We want democracy in Africa. We want to be able to care for our families. We want our governments to protect us as we go about working for the betterment of our families and for the strengthening of our countries.

Why do African leaders want immunity?

Why do they want to do anything that demands of them to seek immunity? What are they up to? They are doing bad enough as it is. And they are doing it without anyone’s permission.

I can be persuaded to understand that there is always a seed that falls on rocks or bad soil; that there will always be sperm that cannot swim. I may be persuaded that there is always a rotten apple or tomato that spoils the whole bunch, but I will be damned if I am persuaded to grant all of Africa’s leaders immunity to kill our defenceless people at will without consequences.

This is an absolute outrage.

These presidents and heads of states seek their own authority and protection for themselves from the same courts we would, without choice, be compelled to approach to seek recourse after abuse by these same leaders.

The AU is a shameful organisation. Those interested in promoting the retardation of Africa should applaud and congratulate the AU because no colonial power, president or king has destroyed Africa more than the AU.

But we cannot cry to the AU because it was created for the purpose of protecting evil African leaders, and is doing a good job of it.

We cannot cry to Sadc because it was created for the same purpose of abusing people and keeping quiet when atrocities are being committed against innocent people.

Whande is a journalist and writes in his personal capacity.

 

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19 comments on “AU ‘protecting evil African leaders’ – Tanonoka Joseph Whande
  1. andy says:

    So, what’s New?

  2. zanupf fear me says:

    We knew that well before 1980 whande. You been asleep

  3. Ngoto Zimbwa says:

    You right there.
    But, just maybe, he is trying to wake us up.

  4. Expat says:

    Here Here, Mr Whande until African leaders realize they represent the people and that they are not kings of old where the dictate what happens( Re. Mnangagwa latest comment!!) this form of control will be continued. Unfortunately African leaders are living a couple of centuries behind the rest of the world, if one would take the time to read European history AD periods you will see the similarities of leaders decision making!

  5. Joseph Matongo says:

    Whande is a journalist who informs us to make steps towards topical issues. He needs not to do anything other than provoke debate among progressive minds around.

    Its sad brother Whande that AU and its surrogates like SADC and ECOWAS are bunches of the same old boys clubs. Its a shame that ECOWAS cannot do much to save the +200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. We cannot say of SADC whose leaders quietly negotiated democracy in Zim only to end up with shares in several diamond mining entities in our country.

    My heart bleeds on seeing how the system entrenches neo-colonial tendencies at the expense of its people. You know what electoral systems are to blame for the rot we have today.

    To my friends who think nothing is happening to redress all these challenges I say stop sleeping to dream but dream to change your lot……There are so many activities around you taking place by day to transform Africa. It is only when you start acting in your own cubicle that you will be surprised that something was happening.

    Aluta Continua

  6. Petal says:

    No comment from members of the civil society Mr. Whande or the likes of Bishop Tutu or human rights orgnisations. these justice ministers have just taken orders from their bosses who are poop scared because they do not want to end up like Charles Taylor.Presumably what also provoked them to take this action is the case of the Kenyan President. they are not even waking up to the terrorism that is now hitting the continent they cannot contain the situation alone – they have to run and ask for assistance all the time because the first words that dribbles out of their mouths -NO MONEY – look at the case in CAR, Nigeria, Chad – next time you meet with these guys Mr. Whande ask them why people call them ALL USELESS and Southern African Dictators Club etd. ECOWAS ?! African leaders are not serious when they meet just too much yap yap and putting up an important front useless theiving arseholes
    Prosecute them even it means beheading them in public – but it will never happen african continent is doomed until civil Society and Human rights organisations find a seat in these organisations

  7. Zeezee says:

    Thieves & murderers protecting thieves & murderers! So what’s new in Africa?

  8. Petal says:

    will not come as as surprise if Bob utters the words Leave my Africa Leave my continent icho

  9. Petal says:

    Look what happened up north Egypt, Tunisia Libya – the people said enough is enough Mubarak has been jailed, the tunisian one ran away and when they searched his house all the money was found stashed away in one of his Mansions, Libya did the same, the bloody Gaddaffis were living life to the full- the people were shocked to find out they lived- mod cons in every home- gymnasiums in one the sons homes etc.,should his aeroplane, bed, sauna the lot

  10. Petal says:

    In the CAR the president sought refuge in the airport- the trouble with leaders in africa once in they are in for life – remember the article about Mo Ibrahim saying everyone is laughing at the african leaders – Mo should address these organisation – prbalby it will go in one ear and come out the the other

  11. Petal says:

    with these african leaders there are laws for the ordinary people and then there are laws for them as leaders which is to do as they please

  12. Petal says:

    the funny thing these African Leaders are such hypocrites signing all these documents as they are part of the UN body eg. the right of the child the right to education, the right to good health facilities and back home it is something totally different.
    and when they are found guilty of doing things that they are not supposed to do they are shouting and screaming at every corner for the wrong reasons. Prosecute them behead them if necessary.
    look at that idiot who crowned himself Emperor up somewhere up north and likened himself to Napoleon – his coronation was out of this world using stolen aid money and his people suffered and if anyone did not buy uniforms from his factory they were tortured

  13. Petal says:

    Remembere the occurrence in Mali – in all these former french colonies where there have been issues- the first country to go in and assist was FRANCE. France is not an AFRICAN country. The African Union were alwys using the excuse of lack of funds lack of equipment – does an external auditor take an audit of this organisation – the funds must be diverted somewhere

    Look at the latest incident of the abducted Nigerian girls – take a look who has offered assistance – not one african country came forward FIRST – people and organisations need to question the ability of the leaders but they are told by them to shut their mouths
    Shame on the African Leaders – if was an invitation to wine dine and be merry they would be the first to respond SHAME SHAME

  14. Petal says:

    in a nutshell African Leaders are not serious about their people

  15. Petal says:

    and this Abuja the former late nigerian leader he stashed money abroad and his wife died in Spain going under the knife to improve her figure — a tummy tuck using state funds

  16. Petal says:

    that bloody Gadaffi wanted to the first PRESIDENT of the United States of Africa when he was in the chair what an arrogant swine he was without even others calling for his election – these leaders are mental

  17. Petal says:

    oh the leader in Equatorial Guinea who is Bobs friend the people are living in poverty while the leader channels all the resources to his family – you should see the posh cars the son is driving lambourgini etc

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