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Publish date: 08 October 2018
Issue Number: 794
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: general

‘I was in the operating room so when they started to make a noise. I wasn't really thinking about what was going on and suddenly some people came in and told me the news.'

– Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege who was operating on Friday when he learned he had won the Nobel Peace Prize and crowds at his Panzi hospital erupted into ecstatic celebrations.

 

‘At this midway stage of the trial proceedings, is there evidence ... upon which any trial chamber acting reasonably could find the accused guilty of the charges?’ Stewart said. ‘We submit the answer to that question is yes.’

– International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor James Stewart urging judges to continue the trial of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government Minister on trial for their alleged involvement in deadly violence that erupted after the country's disputed 2010 presidential election.

 

‘I was born in 1982, four years before President Yoweri Museveni captured power in Uganda after a guerrilla war. He promised that what had just happened in Uganda was not a mere change of guards but a fundamental change in the politics of our country. He wrote at the time that Africa’s problem was not the people, but leaders who overstay in power.’

– Ugandan lawmaker Bobi Wine

 

‘Things are normally not this quiet, but since that man did what he did, we have just seen things get worse and worse. He ruined things for us.'

– An unidentified waitress at the Dros restaurant in Pretoria after a child was allegedly raped in a toilet late last month.