Are our leaders above the law?

BAK

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Feb 11, 2007
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Are our leaders above the law?
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Nigerian president Umaru Yar'Adua revealed at the World Economic Forum that he supports the removal of the immunity clause from his country's constitution.

This would mean that top political office holders would be liable to prosecution if they committed crimes whilst in office.

Eight former Nigerian state governors have been taken to court over charges that they looted public funds. But this could only happen once their terms in office had expired.

Should African leaders be stripped of legal immunity? Would this stamp out corruption? Without immunity, would officials spend their time defending themselves against endless accusations from opponents?

If you would like to join Africa Have Your Say to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 31 January at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published. You can also send an SMS text message to +44 77 86 20 20 08.


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Bubu Msemaovyo

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May 9, 2007
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Are our leaders above the law?
BBC News Online

Nigerian president Umaru Yar'Adua revealed at the World Economic Forum that he supports the removal of the immunity clause from his country's constitution.

This would mean that top political office holders would be liable to prosecution if they committed crimes whilst in office.

Eight former Nigerian state governors have been taken to court over charges that they looted public funds. But this could only happen once their terms in office had expired.

Should African leaders be stripped of legal immunity? Would this stamp out corruption? Without immunity, would officials spend their time defending themselves against endless accusations from opponents?

If you would like to join Africa Have Your Say to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 31 January at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published. You can also send an SMS text message to +44 77 86 20 20 08.


http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?forumID=4187&edition=2&ttl=20080131140605
Safi kabisa maana viongozi wa kiafrika wamejisahau kana kwamba katiba zilizowapa hiyo immunity wamezitunga wao na familia zao.
 
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