Sudan: Arrest the President?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. How crazy is that? As much as this result was more-or-less expected, it’s still sort of unprecedented to apprehend a sitting president in this manner.

What is not laughable are the charges levelled against him:

The three judges, acting on evidence gathered by the chief prosecutor’s office, found that the Sudanese president has been personally and criminally responsible for organising attacks against the civilian population of Darfur, “murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians and pillaging their property.”

So what happens next? How will he be “arrested”? Continue reading

KCA Act 2008: Take Two

So the Attorney General Amos Wako emerges from the shadows on the issue of the Kenya Communications Amendment Act 2008 to say that the document with comments from the media through the Media Owners Association, is now ready for discussion, with a meeting possibly late in the week.

Curiously, this seemed only to follow prompting from MOA and The Standard Group after they complained of the lopsided communication between them and the Government as they marked the anniversary of the infamous State-sanctioned raid.

So what can we expect to come of such a meeting? I dare say – not that much. Probably some sandbagging by Government since the effort is now losing political steam. The media will need to keep up the pressure to maintain this issue as front page headlines.

Of course with the Act, a couple of Clauses do need to be reexamined (my thoughts on what should be amended).