whose turn next after jean-piere bemba?


I wonder it will be whose turn after the arrest of former Congolese rebel, Jean-Pierre Bemba.

Surely, the list is yet to be exhausted, considering the fact that people who aid and abet war crimes and genocides are still with us. I mean our own African brothers, particularly those at the helm of office.

The arrest of former Congolese Vice President in the suburbs of Brussels for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Central African Republic had already sent shocking wave on the continent beset with barbaric and unjustified wars.

Bemba – the first to be arrested in the context of the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation in the CAR – is also the fourth suspect arrested by the ICC on the above charges.

Now that Bemba is awaiting to be transferred to face dozens of charges in The Hague, fear continues to reel in many war-torn or volatile states of Africa.

At first, nobody thought Charles Taylor, the former rebel leader and president of Liberia, would be hunted for his crimes. But with mounting pressures from across the world, Taylor is today fighting not only war crimes charges but also international embarrassment of the highest order, with his immediate subordinates exposing his dirty and cruel life.

It is therefore imperative for those indicted on acts similar to those of Bemba and Taylor to think of a day they will run without hiding. Where were these people arrested? Of course, beyond the borders of their countries! Doing what? On the run.

Remember what goes around must sooner or later come around! In that, the innocent people whose lives have been shattered or battered by them will have the opportunity to laugh at them. Then they will get to know their unforgivable sins, but it is too late to repent.

And what happens when shamed figures die apart from giving them low profile burial. I only hope they will not be like a South African thief buried in dignity by his municipality after he was beaten to death.

By Musa Saidykhan


About musa

I am a Gambian journalist whose mission to use his pen to correct injustice and to tell truth to power was left to bite dust. My newspaper's contents and editorials became "too itchy" that I ended up in Banjul's mosquito-infested cells where I had to cope with three nights of horrendous tortures that left scars all over my body. I was forced to flee into exile with my family, leaving behind my beloved country and editorial desk in the hands of perpetrators. However, unlike most refugees, my two and half years in Senegal was well spent.

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