Publish date: 11 June 2018
Issue Number: 777
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
‘The decision to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo is an important reminder that international justice is only possible if all suspects receive stringently fair trials before an independent and impartial judiciary.’
– Amnesty International official Solomon Sacco following the International Criminal Court’s decision to acquit former DRC Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba
‘You can start with something small in your own discretion then, when you get the contract, big, big contracts, we can go back and give them more money. Then we take over the whole country.'
– Kwesi Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association, who was taped telling bogus agents that they can secure lucrative contracts
'I will not go back on my word. Our mandate ends in 2020.'
– Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza saying he would not run for another term, despite widespread belief that he backed a new Constitution extending term limits in a bid to cling to power
‘There are people who like to talk about me, who are provoking me, and I have been keeping quiet when I was the president of the country in respect to them. And it’s not like I don’t have anything to say. I’m now not having responsibility of a president … and I want to warn them, they must keep quiet. They must discuss their organisation, not me. They must not provoke me.’
– Former President Jacob Zuma
'I've expressed this before, she's been a huge disappointment.'
– Makhosi Khoza, who chaired the ad hoc committee that appointed South Africa's Public Protector in 2016, admitting that Busisiwe Mkhwebane's performance in office has been disappointing.