AU applauds R-TGONU for approving establishment of Hybrid Court for S. Sudan

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat |Photo: © AU Commission
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat |Photo: © AU Commission

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat has commended South Sudanese leaders for approving the long-awaited establishment of the AU Hybrid Court for South Sudan.

“Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat welcomes the announcement by the Government of South Sudan approving the establishment of the AU Hybrid Court of South Sudan as per the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan of 2018,” the AU chair noted in a statement.

Chapter 5 of the agreement (R-ARCSS) states that there should be a triple-track approach to achieving accountability, truth, and reconciliation in South Sudan. These include, the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing (CTRH) and the Compensation and Reparation Authority (CRA).

The African Union hailed the move as a major step towards ending impunity and human rights violations in the country

“In this regard, the Chairperson notes with appreciation that this decision puts an end to the delays in establishing the Court, transitional justice, accountability, reconciliation and healing institutions in order to bring justice and healing to all South Sudanese.”

The AU hopes to cooperate with the unity government to expedite the finalization of the Memorandum of Understanding.

“The African Union Commission looks forward to work with the Government of South Sudan to ensure the finalization and signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of the Court at the earliest opportunity.”

The continental body reiterated its firm commitment to work with the people of South Sudan in their pursuit of peace and stability.

“The Chairperson wishes to, once again, reaffirm the African Union’s continued support to the Government and the people of South Sudan in their search for lasting peace and security in South Sudan.”

UN Watch mocks Museveni’s election victory

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni |Photo: File

A Geneva-based human rights watchdog, UN Watch, has taken to social media accusing Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of killing, torturing and silencing dissidents as a way to continue holding on to power.

In a message posted on Twitter, the United Nations Watch ridiculed the entire electoral process leading up to Museveni’s victory — and questioned its fairness amid allegations of widespread voter fraud accompanied by arbitrary arrests, internet blackouts, and intimidation.

A screenshot of the UN Watch’s post

“Congratulations to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on winning re-election after murdering, imprisoning & silencing opponents, shutting down the internet, and committing widespread voter fraud,” the group said in its statement.

Since the elections began on January 14, the president had shut down internet connections in an attempt to silence critics, opponents, and eyewitnesses from reporting electoral irregularities.

Last week, security forces cordoned off the home of prominent opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi better known as Bobi Wine, but the government denied that the police presence is part of the security protection.

‘Museveni kills more people than previous regimes combined’ – citizens

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni |Photo: Via Facebook
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni |Photo: Via Facebook

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is said to have killed more people compared to previous regimes, according to Ugandans who expressed their anger on social media.

The accusation comes after the president admitted publicly for the first time that some of his security forces were responsible for the killing of an NRM supporter.

“When I heard of the unfortunate death of Isaac Ssenyange alias Mando Zebra, Uganda’s boxer and former captain of the Bombers. I telephoned his wife who narrated to me the events in detail. Zebra was an NRM supporter, and was mobilising for us so well. He was also training many youth in the ghetto and giving them hope in their search for meaningful life,” Museveni narrated on his Facebook page.

“At first I thought they were thugs disguising in uniform, but as I continued investigations, I found out that Zebra was killed by security personnel.”

The 76-year-old Ugandan President explained that the slain NRM supporter would have seen him in the office, if he hadn’t fallen into the hands of his security personnel.

“Indeed, Zebra was meant to come and see me when he was killed. Zebra’s wife told me people in police uniform came to pick Zebra but he jumped over the wall and could have met another group who shot him.”