In contrast to many African leaders who reject the competence of the International Criminal Court to judge their peers, Botswana’s President Ian Khama completely backs the international institution. He criticizes acutely African Union and the leaders opposing the judicial procedures.
Botswana’s President Ian Khama Monday hit out at African leaders who refuse to cooperate with the International Criminal Court saying it put the continent “on the wrong side of history.”
Khama, giving a keynote speech to the ICC’s annual meeting, particularly hit out at a decision by an African Union summit this year to oppose arrest warrants issued for late Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi and other African leaders.
“This decision is a serious setback in the battle against impunity in Africa and undermines efforts to confront war crimes and crimes against humanity which are committed by some leaders on the continent,” Khama said.
“Such a move also places Africa on the wrong side of history. It is a betrayal of the innocent and helpless victims of such crimes.”
“We need to have the political will and the moral courage to hold accountable, without fear or favour, anyone in authority — including a sitting head of state — when he or she is suspected of having committed crimes against innocent people,” Khama said. Source