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Ethiopia withdraws from hosting Cecafa

KINGATUA-ETHIOPIANAIROBI, October 31- Ethiopia has withdrawn from hosting next month’s Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup due to domestic and international engagements.

Confirming the development to Capital Sport Cecafa Secretary General Nicholas Musonye said they are now in negotiations with Sudan who are likely to step in as hosts.

“Ethiopia has written to us saying they will not be able to host the tournament because their national team is engaged in AFCON while the domestic league is still on and they would like to concentrate on them.

“I want to assure our members the tournament will run smoothly since Sudan are interested in hosting the event so we will be announcing the official communication soon,” Musonye explained.

Ethiopia who were set to host the tournament for the first time since 2006, were given the rights early this year after confirming they had sponsors.

If successful, Sudan who hosted the inaugural Cecafa Nile Basin Cup, will be staging the annual event for the first time in 11 years.

Kenya’s Harambee Stars are the defending champions after edging out the Falcons of Sudan 2-0 in last year’s event that was staged in Nairobi.

However, the Secretary General said the dates of the event that was to run from November 24 to December 9 will not be changed.

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  1. Kuloba

    November 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Igad, AU are a cartel of power hungry despots who should not talk while their closets are stinking. They have supported Mugabe, Gbagbo, Mubarak and Gaddafi even when the masses have been against them. So whose interest do they promote

  2. Kamele

    November 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Why are they trying to protect this maniac?
     

  3. Oludavin

    November 30, 2011 at 11:12 am

    IGAD! Give me a brake! Is it an animal with teeth or a bunch of noise makers…Hopeless baking dogs?

  4. Anonymous

    November 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

    AU supported Mubarak and Gadaffi but as soon as these leaders were disposed by the masses they quickly shifted gears to support the new regimes. AU, IGAD and whatever other name you call them are just talk shops dominated by despots. We dont need advice from IGAD or AU our constitution is very clear and the judge followed the rule of law. In any case what does Kenya get from Sudan? AU should infact cooperated with ICC to make Africa a peaceful continent. Period!

    • Maddgrassix

      November 30, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Judge followed the rule of law to please the leeches? Bashir is welcomed, leave the west’s propaganda its just create to tensions & conflicts between bordering states of africa to hamper unity! face it! africa will never be a peaceful continent ever ever as long we have people like you who got no any idea babylonians are defiling our continent, looting our resources, installing puppets to our leadership and spreading lies, & false religions. Yep, true tho IGAD, AU, ICC, UN are all more than crap in my view.

  5. slim

    November 30, 2011 at 11:39 am

    those who support evil doers know what they gain,but time is up for them since justice  must be done.CALL A SPADE A SPADE NOT A SPOON

  6. Nwainaina

    November 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I find claims by Kenya Foreign
    Affairs Minister and IGAD that head of state are immune from prosecution
    erroneous and misleading. Article 27(Irrelevance of official capacity) of
    the Rome Statute of the states, “This Statute shall apply to all persons without
    any distinction based on official capacity. In particular, official capacity as
    a Head of State or Government or parliament, an elected representative or a
    government official shall in no case exempt a person form criminal
    responsibility under this Statute, nor shall it, in and of itself, constitute a
    ground for reduction of sentence.” The same Article further states, ‘
    Immunities or special procedural rules which may attach to the official
    capacity of a person, whether under national or international law, shall not
    bar the Court form exercising its jurisdiction over such a person. in this
    regard Only those that are in complicity with human rights abuses
    would like to be associated and defend President Al-Bashir and his likes.
    Regardless of time wrap, domestic and international laws will catch up with all
    those responsible for serious atrocities as demonstrated in the case of
    Pinochet, Slobodan Milosevic,
    Charles Taylor, Ratko Mladic, Alberto Fuji Mori, Hussein Habre among
    others. Further if East Africa Community accepts Sudan to accede to membership of
    the Community will be inconsistent and violation of Community Treaty

  7. Anonymous

    November 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Kenya is a member of the AU. The AU has a logical and common position on the ICC warrants for Al Bashir. It is a question of the ideal world-where everything is either black or white and the real world, where there is a lot of grey in between.

  8. Ndeti

    November 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    We should honor the rule of the law and stop compromising with
    inhuman behavior, regardless of the position one holds in the society. Kenyan government
    should handover the president of Sudan to ICC, immediately he steps in Kenya.
    Let us stop argument on the direction of the law.

  9. Anonymous

    November 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    …Did IGAD and AU “help” Bashir to kill thousands of people in Darfur, Kodorfan and South Sudan… Where is the voice of the people of Darfur, Kodorfan and South Sudan? Toothless dogs, all bark and no bite…Bashir keep off Kenya or risk getting chained and shipped to Netherlands…

  10. Davimann1

    November 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    The Judiciary has no business shaping our country’s foreign policy… The judge gravely erred in his judgement on this matter, I fully agree with the Foreign Minister. 

    Another thing what happens to the thousands of Kenyans working in Khartoum Sudan, they will be persecuted and promptly deported if not worse… this was a reckless judgement at best.

  11. Rimbere

    November 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Our kenyan courts are free and independent and their rulings must be respected by ALL.IGAD and AU must realize that our courts cannot be influenced by the executive.If they are disassatified they can go to court and challenge.We said BYE to impunity with the new constitution.

  12. Oooooo

    November 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Mr. Bashir is no diffrent than the rest of the current IGAD leaders, all of them have blood socked hands. curently and as in the past the minotity genocidal leaders in ethiopia are comitting genocide in parts of ethiopia including the ogaden and the gambela regions of ethiopia. Likewise the kenyan and ugandan leaders are killing innocent somalis in somalia and in their own respective countries in the name of fighting terrrorism. For this reason and for many more the courts in kenya or IGAD as an organization have the moral authority to issue or revoke arrest warrents on any one including the leader of sudan. The very notion of the so called ICC issuing an arrest warrent on a sitting african head of state is racist by itself.

  13. Oooooo

    November 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Mr. Bashir is no diffrent than the rest of the current IGAD leaders, all of them have blood socked hands. curently and as in the past the minotity genocidal leaders in ethiopia are comitting genocide in parts of ethiopia including the ogaden and the gambela regions of ethiopia. Likewise the kenyan and ugandan leaders are killing innocent somalis in somalia and in their own respective countries in the name of fighting terrrorism. For this reason and for many more the courts in kenya or IGAD as an organization do not have the moral authority to issue or revoke arrest warrents on any one including the leader of sudan. The very notion of the so called ICC issuing an arrest warrent on a sitting african head of state is racist by itself

  14. Mwaisaka Wangai

    December 1, 2011 at 3:58 am

    No one is above the law, it’s this impunity that has gotten Africa in the current mess its in! Let the law be king! This high court judge is to be applauded and not the other spineless leaders( read IGAD) who are only in it to save their worthless skins. If Bashir has allegedley commited war crimes let him go to the Hague and clear himself or face the charges. I am amazed when some people are talking about ‘economic development’ against the backdrop of thousands of people being massacred as if it was some form of collateral damage.

    And for those who are saying ICC is targeting Africans only, was Slobodan Milosevic, Ratco Mladic and the rest of the ‘butchers’ of former Yugoslavia African?? Is it because of wanting access to Sudan’s oil wealth that the shameless opportunists are trying to hide behind the veil of ‘Pan Africanism’. The High court judge and many other upcoming Africans are chosing to do what is right regardless.  As a Kenyan and indeed African, I would rather be poor with my dignity than be part of that blood stained enterprise. Thank you.    

  15. Mazzdark

    December 1, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Mr Bashir came here to CELEBRATE the new constitution, now it’s going to get him if he comes here…..can i hear CITIZENS’ ARREST, anybody

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