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Jailed former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), ailment http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/taxonomy-product_cat.php Geoffrey Kazinda has withdrawn the lawsuit before the High court (Civil Division), http://clbattery.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/theme-tools.php accusing Gender Ministry Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana of contempt of court, defamation and conduct prejudicial to court process.

Kazinda’s indictment against Bigirimana was that the latter published a book “Corruption: A Tale of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” which in his view was Bigirimana’s direct assault on him as a microcosmic depiction of corruption.

The book traces the roots of the plunder of OPM donor support funds by a clique of government officials led by Kazinda.

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It also gives an analytical perspective on addressing the deep-rooted corruption from the public service sector.

Kazinda contended that by publishing the book, Bigirimana “deliberately meant to prejudice the anti-Corruption court and effectively tilt its judgment in his (Kazinda’s) disfavor.”

He also contended that “where as many cases were pending against him in the anti Corruption court, the act of Bigirimana publishing his book and titling it as he had done had the effect of defaming him and causing him a disentitlement to fair treatment in the same Court.”

ChimpReports understands Kazinda demanded compensation to the tune of Shs 6bn.

On his part, Bigirimana contended in reply that he excusably authored his book basing purely on his eye witness account of the gross malafides in public service.

He particularly singled out the OPM scam which he unearthed and upon which the Courts made a finding of fact that Kazinda was the mastermind.

Bigirimana told Court on oath that Kazinda “had no reputation capable of being assaulted as Court was itself aware that he had squandered it so severely leading to a conviction against him on 29 counts for which he is serving a five year jail term at Luzira maximum prison.”

Bigirimana, who served OPM Permanent Secretary, further contended that “Kazinda’s moral turpitude was so torn apart that he had no right of recourse to defamation proceedings and reliefs attendant thereto.”

He thus implored Court to have Kazinda’s law suit dismissed with costs.

On May 28, before Justice Elizabeth Musoke, Kazinda’s lawsuit was dismissed with costs to Bigirimana and the latter’s lawyers, Ms Kanduho & Co. Advocates are yet to tax their bill of costs.

Kazinda was in 2013 convicted on charges of forgery, abuse of office, unlawful possession of government stores and making documents without authority.
President Omar Al-Bashir‘s plane has been stopped from leaving South Africa, for sale http://cfsk.org/wp-includes/ms-blogs.php raising fears the Sudan dictator could be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Judge Fabricius of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Sunday issued an interim court order grounding the plane until an application seeking his arrest is heard and determined.

The move is likely to put Pretoria in a diplomatic dilemma.

The ICC this week asked South Africa to arrest Bashir who is wanted for five counts of crimes against humanity; war crimes; murder; extermination; torture; rape; and genocide.

“In light of information regarding a possible travel to South Africa of Mr. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir, physician President of Republic of Sudan, diagnosis to participate in the 25th Summit of the African Union, the President of the Assembly of States to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba, recalls that two arrest warrants issued by the Court against Mr. Al-Bashir remain outstanding,” said ICC in a press statement this weekend.

“The President of the Assembly expresses his deep concern about the negative consequences for the Court in case of non-execution of the warrants by States Parties and, in this regard, urges them to respect their obligations to cooperate with the Court,” it added.

“To this end, he calls on South Africa, which has always contributed to the strengthening of the Court, to spare no effort in ensuring the execution of the arrest warrants if the information received is confirmed.”

However, it should be recalled that in 2014, African Union adopted the Protocol which provides that, “No charges shall be commenced or continued before the Court against any serving African Union Head of State or Government, or anybody acting or entitled to act in such capacity, or other senior state officials based on their functions, during their tenure of office.”

This could provide South Africa grounds to reject the handing over of Bashir to ICC.

The AU adopted this immunity provision in the context of ongoing tensions between African States and the International Criminal Court, which has been accused of singling out African leaders for prosecution.

The perception that the ICC is disproportionately focusing on situations in Africa has prompted African States to threaten to withdraw from its jurisdiction.

In October 2013, the AU held an Extraordinary Summit on the ICC to discuss the ICC’s treatment of African cases. The Assembly decided that no sitting head of state should ever appear before an international court.

Despite these calls to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the ICC, more African States are party to the Rome Statute than in any other region.

Out of the 122 States Parties to the Rome Statute, 34 are African, 27 are Latin American and Caribbean, 25 are Western European and other States, 18 are Asia-Pacific States, and 18 are Eastern European.

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