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Botswana moves to domesticate Roman Statute

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As African countries are quitting the International Criminal Court, government intends to domesticate the Rome Statute, APA learnt here Thursday.The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Shaw Kgathi is expected to present a bill intended to finally domesticate the Rome Statute in the current sitting of Parliament.

Kgathi said that “Primarily the Bill provides for prosecution of the core crime which are genocide, crime against humanity and war crimes.”

But the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) is against the domestication of the Rome Statute, which was ratified by Botswana in September 2000.

Meanwhile, UDC Spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa said will oppose the bill on the Rome Statute adding that the International Criminal Court of Justice has been selective in administrating justice globally, targeting mostly African countries.

 

 

 

 

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Namibia: Police chief liken SME Bank story to organised crime

APA-Windhoek (Namibia)- The Inspector General of Namibian Police, Sebastian Ndeitunga said financial mismanagement perpetrated by former executives of the defunct SME Bank, that led to disappearance of N$200 million is tantamount to organised crime.

New Era quoted Ndeitunga as saying its Thursday edition that evidence gathered by the police in Namibia and South Africa in the SME Bank dubious investment saga points to a “high possibility of organised crime”.

He said the police investigation concerns possible fraud, theft and contravention of Namibia’s Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

The police have been investigating financial shenanigans at the bank after the Bank of Namibia referred the case to the commercial crime investigation division.

This was after the central bank fired SME Bank senior management including the board, for alleged dubious investments in South Africa. Last year, SME Bank invested N$200 million with Mamepe Capital and VSB Mutual Bank that seem to have disappeared into thin air. This BoN said has exposed the bank to financial risk, and needing recapitalisation of N$359 million to remain afloat.

“There is a high possibility that this is organised crime … where locals and foreigners are involved,” Ndeitunga said yesterday. We made a lot of progress. The police members, who are part of the team, visited South Africa and gathered necessary evidence that could be valuable to our investigation,” Ndeitunga told the state-owned paper.
The High Court this week ruled in favour of BoN to have the SME Bank liquidated. The Master of the High Court has appointed provisional liquidators to oversee the process of winding up the bank in the next three months.

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