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New ICC prosecutor

The outgoing President of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Christian Wenaweser, formally announced the election of Ms. Fatou Bensouda of The Gambia as the consensus candidate for the position of the Court's chief prosecutor.

50-year-old Bensouda was elected at the 10th session of the Assembly on 12 December 2011, held at the UN headquarters in New York.


The Assembly agreed by consensus at the session that brought together 120 member states, to have Bensouda, who had more than 20 years prosecution experience, to replace the Argentinian Luis Moreno-Ocampo for a one nine-year term.

She is expected to assume the post on 16 June 2012.

She described her election as "humbling", saying that she was particularly proud of the support given by Africa and other member states.


It had been agreed that Mr Ocampo's successor should be an African and the only other candidate, Tanzania's Mohamed Chande Othman withdrawn his name before her nomination.

Bensouda said: "The African continent has again shown its support and engagement in favour of international justice and the court.

"But let me stress, I will be the prosecutor of all the states parties in an independent and impartial manner."

Bensouda, who spoke with reporters after the election, said she would continue with Moreno-Ocampo’s work and would remain committed to fighting impunity of atrocious crimes.

She also thanked the Assembly for the confidence reposed in her and pledged to work to check crimes against humanity and genocide worldwide.

After gaining entry to the top secondary school in her country, Bensouda won a government scholarship to study at the University of Ife (now known as Obafemi Awolowo University) in Nigeria. From Ife, she went on to Nigeria Law School and from there to the UN's IMO International Maritime Law Institute in Malta. She holds a master's degree in International Maritime Law and Law of The Sea and as such is the first international maritime law expert of The Gambia.



Bensouda's meteoric rise was sparked after she graduated from the Nigerian Law School in Lagos and stepped into Gambia's courts in 1987 as a public prosecutor.

Between 1987 and 2000, she was successively Senior State Counsel, Principal State
Counsel, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor General and Legal Secretary
of The Gambia, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in which capacity she
served as Chief Legal Adviser to the President and Cabinet of The Gambia.


Bensouda then left the Gambian justice ministry to run the International Bank for Commerce as its general manager in Banjul for two years.


She entered the international justice arena in May 2002 as a Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)'s prosecutor's office in Arusha, Tanzania, taking to task those responsible for the Rwandan genocide in which the UN said some 800,000 people were slaughtered in 1994, the majority of them Tutsis.


In April 2004, she was named senior legal advisor to the ICTR.


Four months later, on 8 August 2004, she was elected by an overwhelming majority of votes by the Assembly of States Parties as ICC deputy prosecutor. She was in charge of the Prosecution Division of the Office of the Prosecutor; standing in the shadow of the high-profile Moreno-Ocampo she now replaces.


She has led the prosecution team at the court's first ever trial against former Democratic Republic of Congo militia leader Thomas Lubanga, which opened in January 2009.


A woman of imposing stature, Fatou Bensouda has calm and commanding presence. Cases to be continued by her included those related to crimes against humanity and genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan, Uganda, Cote d'Ivoire and the Central African Republic (CAR).

Others are preliminary examinations on situations in Afghanistan, Georgia, Guinea, Palestine, Colombia, Honduras, Korea and Nigeria.


As a backdrop to her office as deputy prosecutor, the faces of Omar al-Bashir, Jean-Pierre Bemba and the late Moamer Kadhafi stared down at her from a large poster displaying all 25 suspects wanted, or tried, by The Hague-based ICC for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.


All are African, like Bensouda, "I am working for the victims of Africa, they are African like me. That's where I get my inspiration and my pride," the 50-year-old Bensouda said in a previous media interview. "I love what I do.  ”In this position I am able to give victims the voice they need," she added.


The daughter of a civil servant and a housewife, she was raised in Banjul, capital of The Gambia in a polygamous home. Her father died from diabetes when she was a young girl.


Fatou Bensouda is a mother of two sons who have completed their studies in architecture and finance, one living in Banjul and the other in the United States.  Bensouda also adopted a sister's daughter, Saddy, 27.

Uganda’s first Electric car


What began as a research project for students from Makerere University’s College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology in Uganda, has resulted in the nations very first electric vehicle.


25 people, mostly students, began designing and building the Kiira EV in 2009. The front-wheel drive, plug-in vehicle is built to cruise at speeds of about 62 miles per hour and can travel about 50 miles on a single charge.


The two-seater EV recently completed its first successful test drive around campus on 1 November 2011. According to Project Manager Paul Isaac Musasizi, “The vehicle can pick up speed very fast, the motor starts strong, the reverse is perfect, it properly climbed a 55 degrees incline, and the performance is good.



At the brief official flag off ceremony officiated by the Vice Chancellor Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, the audience; mostly students and members of the media listened to remarks from the project's Principal Investigator and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. S.S. Tickodri-Togboa.


The Vice Chancellor commended the Principal, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology for successfully steering the college to the yet another historical event. He extolled the Principal Investigator and his team for working tirelessly to ensure that the concept was successfully transformed into Uganda's First Electric Car.


The colour of the compact car was chosen to signify the university’s commitment to green energy and sustainable transportation. Powered by lithium-ion batteries, most of the car parts were designed and manufactured in Uganda; only the steering wheel and minor accessories were imported.


Plans for new Electric vehicles designed for public transportation; a 28-seater Electric bus fitted with rooftop solar panel are underway.


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  • Ghana downplays possible border dispute with Cote d’ Ivoire over oil

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  • Mugabe says AU failed Libya

  • Uganda’s first Electric car

  • US dedicates new Embassy in Djibouti

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  • Poverty on the rise

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  • More than one million have two passports

  • Increase in foreign workers

  • How many asylum seekers come to Holland? 


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    • Father gets 25 years for honour killing

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