Luis Moreno Ocampo
Civilians can impact the ICC
Many judge Africa by the political leaders who fail the continent. A number of concientious African leaders, some of them who have died recently have left a legacy of peace and change in Africa. The name of the late Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Tajudeen Rahman kept coming up in inspiring and positive comments. Botswana was singled out as a country that is not allowing justice to be tampered with in its strong support for the ICC.
The last election in 2007 ended up in a deadlock and a peace process had to be set in place. The ethnic card is played in the making of political parties and more viciously it was used in the tension and violence that ensued after the 2007 election.
It was Koffi Annan, Graca Machel and Benjamin Mkapa who camped in Kenya to bring the peace. Kenyan civil society was praised for the role it played at a difficult time. The International Crisis Group’s Nairobi office had sent in Comfort Ero who addressed the meeting. She said Kenya ‘ s case the “saving grace” of the ICC.