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2016-10-28 20:00

Burundi formally notifies UN of ICC pullout

New York - Burundi on Thursday formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, dealing a blow to the tribunal seen as a pillar of international justice.

South Africa was the first to take the formal step at the United Nations last week and Gambia has also said it plans to pull out of the Rome treaty that created the ICC.

Burundi's justice minister Laurentine Kanyana personally delivered the formal letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's office.

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I won't protect corrupt officials, says Mugabe

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has said that he won't be protecting any government officials accused of corruption, adding that those accused of graft must, however, be given a chance to answer for their crimes in a court of law, said reports on Friday. 

Mugabe said this during the unveiling of a newly constructed primary school in Mashonaland Central.

Mugabe reportedly said that his government would not be protecting "thieves".

The state broadcaster ZBC quoted the veteran leader as saying that government departments and individuals fingered in alleged corrupt practises -  as reported in the media - will not be spared.

This came as Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo faced fraud allegations.

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ICC 'bias' handy cover-up for African detractors – experts

The Hague - Complex diverse political agendas are driving African nations to quit the International Criminal Court, with leaders seeking to cloak the move by reigniting age-old anger at the West, analysts say.

Gambia's announcement that it would be the third country to withdraw from the court is all the more frustrating as it comes at a time when the tribunal is beginning to probe some of the world's most intractable conflicts, in places such as the Palestinian territories and Afghanistan, experts say.

Set up in 2002, the ICC's mission is to try the world's most heinous crimes which national governments are either unable or unwilling to prosecute.                                    


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At least 30 children abducted by rebels in South Sudan - report

Cape Town  - At least 30 children from two different schools in Amadi have been abducted by a rebel group linked to ousted South Sudan's vice president Riek Machar, a report said on Friday.

According to BBC, Amadi state governor Joseph Ngere said that around 150 rebels from the SPLM-IO group  attacked the  two schools early this week. He was, however, only made aware of the attack on Wednesday.

Ngere said that at least 300 children were at the two schools and many fled into the bushes.

However, Machar's spokesperson Andrew Kuong denied the claims.

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Baby born with four legs in Mozambique - report 

Maputo - Doctors are assessing a baby born with four legs in western Mozambique to see if the child can be operated upon, a report says.

The baby, whose sex was not given, has just been born in Manica Province, according to the Magazine Independente.

"The mother had a normal birth and was not suspicious of anything during the gestation period," said the weekly, which is published in Portuguese.

Baby foot

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Zambia: Lungu's aide wants president's tenure extended

Lusaka – Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party lawmaker Paul Moonga has proposed that the country's presidential tenure be extended from the current five years to at least seven years, a report says.

According to the Zambian Eye, the PF Central Committee member claimed that the current five years tenure was insufficient for a state president and his cabinet to implement their policies.

He further said that the current tenure was too expensive as it required the state to hold elections every five years, thus having negative impact on the economy.

Moonga reportedly said that these were his personal views not those of the ruling party.

Moonga remarks came two months after President Edgar Lungu won the controversial August 11 election by just over 100 000 votes. 

Edgar Lungu

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