Namibia’s cabinet has approved a recommendation by the ruling Swapo party to withdraw Namibia from the International Criminal Court.
The country’s information minister Tjekero Tweya reportedly told the media, “Cabinet approved Namibia’s position regarding possible withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, given the discussions of the Swapo Party central committee on the issue”.
However, the date for the proposed withdrawal has not been set and Tweya said, “technical issues need to be sorted out first,” the Namibian reported.
According to Tweya, the proposed withdrawal from the ICC follows President Hage Geingob’s recent visit to Tanzania, lobbying Tanzania to consider pulling out of the ICC.
President Geingob reportedly said, “Some people are saying we are the ones who created the ICC. However, when one creates something to be an asset but later on it becomes an abomination, you have the right to quit it since it has ceased serving its intended purpose,”
“No institution or country can dictate to Africans, who and by whom they should be governed”.
The Namibian observed that, “Swapo has over the years repeatedly criticised the ICC for being biased against African and other developing countries, and targeting African leaders”.
The recommendation to pull out of the ICC has not been welcomed by everyone. Namibia’s Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) has expressed its unhappiness over the plans.
African leaders have in the past criticised the ICC, saying it only targets Africans. South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) recently indicated its plan to withdraw the country from the ICC, after ‘ignoring’ a court order to arrest Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir, during his visit.
Source: The Namibian