Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

President Bashir's ICC Indictment is Good News for Africa

The International Criminal Court on Wednesday, March 04, 2009, finally indicted and issued a warranty of arrest for Sudanese President Gen. Omar al Bashir. Bashir, 65, is wanted by the international court to answer 10 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against his people especially in Darfur. He becomes the first sitting Head of State to be indicted by the I.C.C in history.

Upon receipt of the news I jubilated, not because I am a sadist or because I have an axe to grind in this but I think this move provides high hopes for Africa. The African continent is a land in a vigorous search for sanity in leadership. It is a place where leaders wantonly abuse the human rights of their people. Most of our leaders misuse political power for selfish personal ends so much that they think their prerogatives override all other interests. Because of such a narrow mindset, once they attain political power, they use it to repel all sorts of opposition ruthlessly. Politics by its very nature runs like business. It is powered by competition and thrives on different viewpoints. Unlike ordinary business however, in politics there must be an officially recognised dominant group which in modern democratic speak forms what is known as government. On the other hand, minority groups form what is termed as opposition. Now acceptance of this state of affairs is what most African leaders have failed to do. For some like Bashir, they have done away with it all together. But the truth is that this cannot work as there must always be dissenting voices at one time or another on different issues. Humanity is naturally like that.

Africa is in search of this. And we shall do everything possible to get there. It does not matter who we do it with and when. We shall do it with each and every well wisher in all legally and socially acceptable means. Therefore, if the ICC is able to provide the legal assistance to deal with our problems, we shall accept it. We have a mission and vision and we shall get there. This brings me to the argument of the anti ICC people and that is the question of whether the ICC was designed for Africa. I must say that this argument holds some water because it is clear that the ICC has centered its activities in Africa in spite of the fact that there are other human rights violations in other parts of the world like Asia and the Middle East. But the ICC is a very new development and it is a fact that such violations are mainly rampant in Africa. As such, we should give it the benefit of doubt. Let us give it some more time. Meanwhile we are seeing and studying the situation. If what these people are saying is true, then we shall also deal with the ICC like we are doing with our dictators because it is not above us.

To the ICC, Africa welcomes this move and we pledge our support to you. I must thank the court for indicting President Bashir and congratulate Mr. Morene Ocampo, the prosecutor, upon his success. At least step one has been achieved. Arresting H.E Bashir is another issue all together and as the Chinese say, the journey of a thousand steps begins with the first step. This is a warning to all world leaders who are interested in abusing their people with impunity that someone is watching and will surely bring them to account. It is clearly manifest that it is possible and doable. The struggle continues.

To my fellow Africans, my message is that an oppressor is an oppressor whether white, black, Muslim, Christian, tall or short. It does not really matter who they are but how they behave and what they do. My appeal therefore is that we should not trivialize and stoop this Bashir issue to the extent of insinuating that he is wanted by the ICC because he is Muslim or African. The bare truth is that people in Darfur are suffering and dieing at the hands of a government that is supposed to protect them but has deliberately refused. Now is the time to hold it accountable.