Malawi can pull out of ICC, says govt spokesman

Malawi government has said it is watching with keen interest on the departure of African countries from the International Criminal Court (ICC),  saying it will make a decision on its stand from the world body designed to prosecute those who commit the gravest atrocities.

Ndau: Malawi will make its own decision

Ndau: Malawi will make its own decision

Minister of Information and Communication, Malison Ndau, speaking on Daybreak Malawi program which Nyasa Times monitored on Capital Radio, Friday, said  the government will not be influenced by any other country to make a decision.

“Membership of ICC is an individual thing. We are members as individual countries. We are watching what is happening, we are listening.  We are going to make our decision,” Ndau, who is official governmentspokesman said.

His comments were made after South Africa began the formal process of withdrawal from the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC. Burundi has also announced its intention to withdraw in due course.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has declared his country’s intention to withdraw from human rights based tribunal, accusing it of getting “involved in the persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans”.

Asked if there is possibility  form Malawi pulling out of Hague-based court, Ndau acknowledged that some of the African countries concerns were valid.

“Once we feel that its right for us to move out, we will do do as acountry,” Ndau said.

A  researcher at the  Institute of Security Studies. Allan Ngari  has said South Africa pulling out of the is “a huge blow against the fight against impunity”, predicting that there are going to be more African countries that would follow in its footsteps.

Ngari  is quoted by News24 that without any proper mechanism to protect victims of crime across the continent, South Africa’s decision to pull out of the international court was is “travesty of justice” as it would have “unintended consequences on victims of international crimes across the African continent”.

Former ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said that by undermining the court, countries were giving the continent’s leaders free rein “to commit genocide”.

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MATONDO George Dolson
MATONDO George Dolson

Pull out or pull in,viyana waka,nothing to loose or gain


Lets move out of this slavery-propagating instrument by the west. Its stupid to entrust justice into the hands of western-led institutions when we can promote it ourselves in a good way. Why is the USA not joining this institution when it is at the center stage pointing at the atrocities that African leaders are doing, when its on citizens are committing much bigger atrocities than us.



That was the reaction of the “Assembly of State Parties” when they got the news that Malawi might pull out of the International Criminal Court.

prof. Odiyayo

I would urge African countries to pull out as quick as possible to shame the grandchildren of slave traders.ICC is a Western imperial tool.


Its pathetic and clear you joined the court for reasons other the purpose for which it was created!


No rule of law in Malawi anyways so i don’t think the rest of the world will miss Malawi if it does.. We can’t even deal with out own Cashgate thieves, let alone bring any of these rotten politicans to book, what the hell will we do at the ICC???

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