The establishment of the African Justice System can only be effective if leaders ensure that there was no violation of the people’s human rights, says Southern African Centre for Conflict Resolutions Disputes (SACCORD) executive director Boniface Chembe.
He said African leaders found wanting should equally be sanctioned under the proposed African Justice System if it has to be effective and respected.
Mr Chembe said SACCORD had observed that African citizens had complained over their alleged victimisation and marginalisation under the African Justice by their leaders.
He said although leaders in Africa were complaining of being victimised and marginalised under the International Justice system, they were also violating the African system.
“It is for this reason that citizens of Africa welcomed the International Justice system specifically the International Criminal Court that is based in the Hague Netherlands,” Mr Chembe said.
He said SACCORD took note of the fact that the International System was made of Sovereign States that deserved a certain degree of respect and integrity.
“Therefore, if African leaders do not want to be subjected to the International Justice system and want to put in place their own justice system, it is important that these institutions are responsive to the need and interest of the citizens,” Mr Chembe said.
He said it was important that African leaders begin building confidence in African institutions.
“Ultimately, if the African justice system is to be widely accepted by its people, there is need for African leaders to ensure that gross violation of people’s rights are not done,” Mr Chembe said.