Monday, Sep 28, 2020

Mr. Dirk Niebel and Eng. Mahboub MaalimThe Executive Secretary of IGAD, Engineer Mahboub Maalim on March 2nd 2012 met with the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr. Dirk Niebel, at the Ministry Headquarters in Berlin City. The Minister reiterated the strategic importance of IGAD in coordinating efforts to develop and build resilience against future drought disasters in the Horn of Africa. Mr. Niebel reconfirmed German’s offer of Euro 20 million in support of efforts towards ending drought emergencies in the Horn and Euro 3 million for capacity building of IGAD.

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President Omar al-BashirThe judgement by Justice Ombija issuing an order of arrest against President AI Bashir of Sudan has been subject of contestation for several months

It's evident from reading the judgement that the judge erred in law: the judge was wrong to issue the order. To summarise Judge Ombija's decision, he says that Kenya has an obligation to arrest AI Bashir because we ratified the Rome Statute, passed a law domesticating it and have in any case a Constitution that applies every treaty ratified by Kenya as part of our law.

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A. SUMMARY OF THE POSITION/ARGUMENTS

1.    While international law applies in Kenya or at least has relevance in Kenya under the new Constitution, a discriminating approach should be pursued (under art 2.6) in the reading of international treaties ratified by Kenya. The reading by the judge of this provision (blanket application of the entire RS to Kenya) produces absurd results. In part, it would have it that the ICC is a Kenya.

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The new agreement will enhance the capacity of IGAD to achieve its mandate and increase drought resilience in the region. On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development GIZ has been supporting IGAD Headquarters in Djibouti in diverse IGAD programs including food security, climate information systems (ICPAC), the Conflict Early Warning and Response System, IGAD Peace and Security activities as well as other crucial policy and working documents that strengthened the institutional development of IGAD and, specifically in the last years, IGAD’s task to secure regional peace and security.

 

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