In Summary
  • The intelligence chiefs agreed on the need for a universal jurisdiction that will allow countries to cooperate against crime.
  • Brig-Gen Joseph Nzabamwita of a Rwanda security agency told the audience of the abuse of universal jurisdiction against African countries by some western countries.

African intelligence chiefs have added their voices to the growing discontent with the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying it is being used by the West to achieve political ends in Africa.

The claim was made when intelligence and security bosses from 51 countries in Africa met in Kigali, Rwanda, last week.

The week-long conference of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) reached a resolution that African countries must work together to defend their sovereignty.

“The International Criminal Court has (been) deviating from its mandate and has been hijacked by powerful western countries to pursue their political agenda.

“It is increasingly acting as a proxy for these western countries to orchestrate their regime change agenda in Africa and persecuting the African leaders. Subsequently, CISSA rejects political manipulations, double standards and abuse of universal jurisdiction,” a dispatch from the meeting stated.

The theme of the forum was "countering the growing threat of abuse of universal jurisdiction against Africa".

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During the conference, Brig-Gen Joseph Nzabamwita, the secretary-general of the National Intelligence and Security Service of Rwanda, told the audience of the abuse of universal jurisdiction against African countries by some western countries.

He argued that though Africans willingly accept this principle, the Western world is now using it for selfish ends, including diverting the core mandate of key courts and tribunals set up to deal with international law.

In June last year, Rwanda protested bitterly when its intelligence chief, Karenzi Karake, was arrested in the UK for war crimes allegedly committed during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

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