By Nsah Edwin in Bamenda.
It was an academically charged atmosphere at room 14 of the CAST building in the university of Bamenda, as Kum Nji Desmond, a student in the faculty of law and political science, department of English private law, defended his masters’ theses titled “Crimes Of Aggression And the independence Of The Prosecutor Under The Rome statute: A Critical Appraisal.”
The vociferous acclamations that greeted The announcement of the President of the three-man jury awarding him an 80% pass, or better still an “ excellent” after one hour of intense grilling, was a testament to the mammoth crowd that had come to witness this groundbreaking event. The president of the jury Prof Nzalie Joseph Ebi commended and hailed his quest and persistence in the acquisition of knowledge despite his visual impairment. DR Fon Fielding supervisor of the set candidate praised the lion heartedness of MR Kum Nji for daring into a topic in International law, which deals with the sovereignty of nations as well as the independence of the International criminal court and its prosecutor. MR Kum Nji Desmond could not hide his sentiments of joy as he spoke to TWIF news. “Words cannot express my joy at this moment, though I recognize that there is still much work to be done, in so far as making the necessary amendments as requested by the jury is a concern.” MR Kum Averted. “My heartfelt appreciation goes to my supervisor, for pushing so hard to ensure that this academic piece is iced qualitative as it is right now. As a person living with visual impairment, it hasn’t been easy dealing with a huddle of research given the frequent power cuts, as well as the Limited availability of Internet software adapting to meeting the needs of persons with visual impairment in an academic Mileu. Hence my profound gratitude goes to all personal assistance and classmates who made sure the draft work is possible.” MR Kum added. “I wish to ensure that this research work greatly improves on the international justice system and the International Criminal Court as well.
“I’d like to encourage persons with disabilities in general, but as well persons with visual impairment in particular who see schooling as an impossibility, to realise that if I could, then they can.”
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