Malawi rebuffs Mugabe’s call for ICC withdraw

Malawi government has reiterated its commitment to the Rome Statute of International Criminal Justice (ICC) by stating that it will not take heed of calls from Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to withdraw from ICC ahead of the 25th African Union Summit, which will take place in South African from June 7 to 15.

Tembenu: Still committed to ICC

Tembenu:  Malawi still committed to ICC

President Mugabe (left) calls for ICC withdraw but his Malawian coutnerpart Mutharika wont back that

President Mugabe (left) calls for ICC withdraw but his Malawian coutnerpart Mutharika wont back that

The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu and spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Quent Kalichero were quoted in The Sunday Times of May 31, 2015 that Malawi remained a member of ICC and had no intentions to pull out of ICC.

“Malawi remains in the ICC. We are still a member of ICC. Malawi has not even hinted on withdrawing from being a member as that would have been made public” said Tembenu in an interview with Sunday Times.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is on record, during the 24th African Union Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to have appealed to all African nations to cease being part of ICC citing the court’s targeted Africans only instead of ensuring justice universally.

On May 25, a grouping of 35 African Civil society organisations working in human rights and international criminal justice including Malawi’s Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, Human Rights Watch, Kenyan Section of the International Criminal Jurists, and Southern African Litigation Centre (SALC), hailed Malawi and other African countries party to ICC for expressing its strong support for the international Criminal Court (ICC), in a joint letter addressed to foreign and justice ministers.

Malawi signed and ratified the Rome Statue of ICC on March 3, 1999 and September 19, 2002 respectively but is yet to domesticate it.

The 35 Civil Society groups urged Malawi and other African countries which were yet to domestic to do so as a further step to ensure that the fight against impunity whenever serious crimes in violation of international criminal law are committed succeeds even at domestic level.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) in partnership with Malawi Law Society (MLS) have been urging the Malawi government to come up with a domestic legal framework to support the Rome Statute of ICC through the domestication of the same.

“Malawi needs to build, develop or strengthen a comprehensive legal capacity to handle or prosecute various serious crimes or human rights violations of international concern like genocide, aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity through its domestic legal framework. Such a goal can be realised through the domestication of the Rome Statute,” reads a joint statement by CHRR and MLS issued on 29th December 2014, signed by Timothy Mtambo and Mandala Mambulasa.

CHRR’s Human Rights Advocacy Coordinator Makhumbo Munthali was quoted in the Sunday Times stating that, as one of the organisations party to the group’s letter, they will continue to campaign for the domestication of the Rome statute of ICCin the best interest of justice and human rights for all.

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18 thoughts on “Malawi rebuffs Mugabe’s call for ICC withdraw”

  1. festo tembo says:

    Just for the sake of those who think that the ICC only goes after African despots: The ICC goes into action against any leader of a nation only when requested to do so by an incumbent who has ratified to the statute as a last resort after their local court of law has failed.

  2. mnkotakota says:

    Mugabe is ryttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt BRAVO MR AFRICA

  3. Wiseman Ubuntu says:

    Why can’t Africa have its own Criminal Justice Court? Are our judges and not capable of prosecuting our criminals? Is it money we dint have? What is it we don’t have? Am waiting for a day we will prosecute them Blattars!

  4. festo tembo says:

    Robert Mugabe is a criminal who has murdered thousands of his people and that is the reason he is so passionate about not ratifying the Rome Statute. Only those leaders who are criminals will make all sorts of excuses not to ratify. Let the ICC go after rotten African leaders who plunder their countries and massacre their own people. I see nothing wrong with that.

  5. ujeni says:

    Bush and Blair committed worse crimes but we dont hear calls for them to appear at ICC. Mugabe is a saint compared to Blair and Bush.

  6. Why is it called ICC instead of ACC? Bravo Mugabe

  7. Dambudzo Mwasanya says:

    Americans and British committed alot of atrocities in this world but there is no single soul from America and Britain languishing at hague.Some wars have been perpetrated in Africa because the of the greediness of these people.They have abused Africa since time immemorial for its resources so that Africa should always lag behind and crawl to them like they are small gods.This is what the Mzungu likes.They are so systematic in destroying somebody.The useless aid they dangle to stupid African puppet leaders have made them to be so thick in thinking.Aid has rendered African nations to be useless in thinking.They don’t want to be at par with them.I like Mugabe because is so bold enough to tell them the truth.

  8. sayimoni bayisikolo says:

    Somehow Mugabe is right.This ICC only target African leaders even though most of African leaders are useless.What happened for George Bush and Tony Blair when they killed millions of Iraqis?Nothing happened.If there is justice we should have been seeing Charles Taylor and the red nose like Tony Blair and his weed smoking friend George Bush languishing side by side with these African murderers who are not even worthy to be called leaders.George Bush and Tony Blair should be banged up.Who do they think they are?They shit like anybody else in the toilet.

  9. erick says:

    mugabe is right,if icc wz created in good faith it should hv broght to book by now this nyetanahu 4the evils hehas comited in gaza, look, he wakes up inthe morning then he decide hw many pales should die2dy? and icc’s hands r tied.mugabe z right.

  10. Ben says:

    Mugabe does not feel at ease with the ICC because he is not getting enough support from other African countries to boycot it. This is due to the fact that he issued instructions to the massacre of 20,000 people in Matebeleland in the early eighties and he still know that one day the ICC will need answers from him and his Generals that will result into his life sentence. They will jail him for life watch the space

  11. KANDAWE says:


  12. Africa says:

    Yep, Mugabe is 100 percent right. Africa must withdraw from ICC and United Nations.

  13. Nkhuku says:

    I fully support comrade Mugabe

  14. Chakwera: "Mulakhoism" says:

    Mugabe is right. Unfortunately Malawi is not ready to part ways with its donors. But Mugabe needs our support. Let’s support him for the sake of our next generation please.

  15. makito says:

    Blah blah blah blah. In short we cannot afford another aid boycott. That is the issue.

  16. Hamu says:

    Mugabe is right on this. All African countries should withdraw from this organisation.

  17. Jelbin mk says:

    As much ad justice is concerned there is no justice in this world. The ICC is a joke of global justice it is controlled by few individuals in the world it doesn’t make decisions on its own as an independent court it always looks to America for decision making,being head quartered in Hague Netherlands means nothing but just to blindfold people while the reality of the matter is that the ICC is an American firm. The court fails to issue warrants of arrest for Bush and his British counterpart (Blair) for crime against humanity due to the war against Iraqi which was not warranted by the UN as was supposed to. The court has ignored calls for justice on the war on Iraqi just because those who committed that crime are people with names and are strong and rich. Despite this inaction by this selective court on justice I still believe that Africans should not abandon their membership because those advocating so are not up to any good. Mugabe has his own squabbles with the icc of which makes him not the right person to advocate for such an action because we suspect he wants to go away with murder due to many people’s deaths of which him and his government are responsible so he wants to make this as an excuse. I therefore salute our government for standing up against this tyrant though he did not make up himself to be a tyrant but external force (the British created him to be a tyrant check your papers if u don’t believe me. Instead of withdrawing the membership from the icc Africa should demand justice from the icc on other people who have committed crimes against humanity around the world including Bush and Blair that they should be brought to book so that selective justice is done away with straight away.

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