RDC: Machine Katumbi Chapwe asbl – Declaration Politique de Desapprobation suite aux propos tenus par le Rapporteur de l’Assemblee Provinciale du Lualaba (30.05.2019)

République démocratique du Congo – Note d’informations humanitaires pour la Province du Nord-Kivu (30 mai 2019)

Opinion: DP Ruto is something else, but truthful his not!

This is an occasion where we can speak to ourselves candidly without considering who is in government or opposition. The subject today is a new dawn for our country and what we should all do. We must rid our government and institutions of corruption. ‘ A New Dawn’ is a good subject for us all to engage in theft and corruption is bad in any language. From my mother tongue it is said… “ A thief may be intelligent but not more than the investigator” To our investigative agencies, you have our support as you help us deal with the challenge that we have. The 10 commandments say – Do not steal… Do not bear false testimony. The President and I were once victims of false testimony. It took hand of God and prayer for us to get out. We do not want any Kenyan to suffer such again. As we pursue this noble course, we must remember to inspire the hawker to own a kiosk and kiosk owner to own a shop and shop owner to own a mini market, and a boda boda rider to own a car” – Deputy President William Ruto on the National Prayer Breakfast on the 30th May 2019.

DP Ruto is the career politician, the man who says whatever to walk scotch-free and get other people in trouble. His really bold and brazen, he knows what his been up too, but still acts like its nothing.

Ruto knows how his grown wealth, built an empire and owns several of estates. The DP haven’t got this out of goodwill of the state, but out of the shady backdoor deals and land-grabbing. This is well-known stuff, therefore, the DP knows his corrupt and his actions. Still, he speaks like his still the innocent broke preacher he was back-in-the-day.

The Hustler hasn’t hustled through the proper channels, his wealth has grown and deals done while in government have surged all his accounts, his estates, businesses and even corporations. That is the sort of man he is. Therefore, his pledge to work against corruption, means initially work against himself and all of his associates. All of which is preposterous.

Secondly, it wasn’t an act of god that stopped the ICC case against him and Kenyatta. That was well prepared work from your associates and officials in the Republic. As the Judge Eboe-Osuji “declared a mistrial in the case, because it cannot be discounted that the weaknesses in the Prosecution case might be explained by the demonstrated incidence of tainting of the trial process by way of witness interference and political meddling that was reasonably likely to intimidate witnesses” (ICC – ‘.Ruto and Sang case: ICC Trial Chamber V(A) terminates the case without prejudice to re-prosecution in future’ 05.04.2016).

If intimidating witnesses is answers from God, than the God, DP Ruto confesses to at night is totally different than mine. Surely, my God answers prayers too, but not with possible tainting legal process and using harsh methods against the ones who will testify against you. That is what was done in the ICC case and therefore dismissed. It wasn’t false testimony, it was making people afraid of even speaking out on the mischief being done.

That is why I am not accepting the words of DP Ruto. He tends to lie and bend the truth to his advantage. This is just a snippet of his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier today. Surely, he said more things whose was disregarding the truth. Still, I focus on this, because. Unless, the Life-Style Audit hits home, unless the war on corruption takes down his fraudulent activities. It is hard to believe it is real. Peace.

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Joint Statement by the DPP, EACC, DCI, NCIC and Religious Leaders in Kenya (29.05.2019)

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WaBenzi’s Convoys Gets Road Clearance!

The WaBenzi

A new tribe is ruling the many countries of Africa. Comfortable,

well-heeled, self-satisfied; secure in their positions of power.

And proudly they tout the symbol of their superiority. It’s a symbol

they have even adopted as their name; an elegant, star-shaped, silver

symbol – the international sign of the WaBenzi. Julian Champkin reports” (Julian Champkin – ‘The Wabenzi’ 05.09.1984, New Internationalist).

Today, the National Police Service and the Inspector General Hilary N. Mutyambai put forward an directive, which means that all the VIPs get special treatments on the roads in the Republic of Kenya. The WaBenzi of 2019 got a new way to get things done. The ambulances and fire brigades has to “give way” to retired Presidents, the President himself and others. Because, they are still more viable and vital to society, than the ones saving lives. That is what the directive states.

But first, what the IG Mutyambai stated in his directive, which says to much about the WaBenzi compared to rest: “In light of streamlining the flow of traffic in major cities, I here by direct guidelines conhfcerning entitlement and privileges on clearances of vehicles for VIPs on roads and highways” (Directive on Road Clearances to VIPS, 29.05.2019).

The IG has put forward six categories, the first one, whose has the first privilege is the President, Vice-President, First Lady, Cabinet Secretaries for Defence, Interior and Foreign Affairs and the Principal Secretary/Interior. The IG and the Highest Elite is surely getting special treatment. They are first in line and the others have to back-off.

In traffic, the second grade is the chief of defence, service commander of Defence Forces, Inspector General of National Police Service, Deputy General of the Police Service and Deputy Inspector General of the Administration Police Service. Surely, the IG is favouring himself and his people. They are the leaders of the Security Organizations and he thinks they are Second Ones after the Highest Ranking individuals in the Republic.

Further in traffic, the ones that cannot dip through first or second is the Speaker of National Assembly and the Senate, also the Majority leader of the National Assembly. They are important, but graded down from the President and his closest associates, after the Security Organizations leadership. Certainly, they will be awaiting time to get through jams in Nairobi. Since, the directive are giving them less leeway.

There are sadly more people who is getting special treatment, the fourth graded people are the retired Presidents and Prime Ministers. This is the dynasties and the elites, whose still just living life. This is the Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki, who will easily get across Kisumu or anywhere else. Because, these people are still apparently more important than the ambulance. That is what they are saying.

On the Fifth level, the finalization and the special treatment for the ambulance and fire brigade are stated. They are put behind the President, the leadership of the Security Organizations, the highest leadership of the Parliament and the retired heads of state. All of these are more vital to society and to the roads, than the ambulance and fire brigade. This shows the pattern of the WaBenzi.

Just to prove the point further, the GK Cars registered to the state will not get special treatment, they have to follow traffic in ordinary flow. This means, the rest of the MPs has to be awaiting jams or if not leech of the Presidential and VP Convoy, when they are around the building or driving out. Since, who knows, which car is part of it or not. Even the First Lady if she’s crossing town. Because, this will be used by several of the closest associates of the grade 1 and even grade 2.

This here is stupid and shows the WaBenzi elite on steroids or on to much petrol. It depends on which day. Peace.

Mozambique cyclones are “wake-up call,” says World Meteorological Organization (WMO) – (29.05.2019)

A fact-finding mission sent to Mozambique by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recommends a package of disaster risk reduction priorities.

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 29, 2019 –  Fact-finding mission makes recommendations for future resilience

The devastation caused by cyclones Idai and Kenneth which hit Mozambique within the space of a few weeks is a wake-up call about more high-impact tropical cyclones, coastal flooding and intense rainfall linked to climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

A fact-finding mission sent to Mozambique by WMO recommends a package of disaster risk reduction priorities to strengthen the southern African nation’s early warnings systems and cut socio-economic damages from weather, climate, and water-related hazards like tropical cyclones, floods and drought.

“The two cyclones are a wake-up call that Mozambique needs to build resilience,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a message to an international pledging conference to secure support for reconstruction.

“Although the number of tropical cyclones globally is expected to reduce in the future, the number of most intense tropical cyclones (category 4 and 5), associated with more rainfall, will increase in a warming climate,” he said.

“Future sea level rise will exacerbate the impact of storm surge on coastal regions, raising concerns about flooding from the sea, particularly for low lying cities as Beira,” said Mr Taalas. This raises major concerns regarding Mozambique’s vulnerability to floods from both rivers and sea.

The report from the international team of meteorologists and hydrologists, headed by WMO’s Filipe Lúcio, will be presented to an international pledging conference for Mozambique scheduled for 1 June in the coastal city of Beira.

The fact-finding team said that investment of nearly US$ 27 million is needed for the meteorological and hydrological sector. This includes reconstruction, rehabilitation and modernization of infrastructure and equipment, land surveys for flood risk mapping and satellite rainfall estimation, improved database management systems, training on the latest forecasting products, improved standard operational procedures, and better communications tools.

Unprecedented back-to-back cyclones

Idai made landfall in the vicinity of Beira on 14 March at Category 4 strength, provoking one of the worst weather-related disasters to hit the southern hemisphere. Months’ worth of rain fell in a matter of hours.

The humanitarian consequences were huge. The cyclone and subsequent flooding caused the death of more than 600 people, injured an estimated 1600, affected more than 1.8 million and caused an estimated US$ 773 million in damages to buildings, infrastructure and agriculture.

“In times of floods, Mozambicans seek safety on roofs of buildings. But the ferocity of Idai’s winds blew the roofs away. The magnitude of the cyclone, the size of the storm surge and the extent of the flooding overwhelmed years of work by authorities in Sofala to increase community resilience to floods,” said Mr Lucio, who used to head Mozambique’s national meteorological service.

“It is a salutary warning about the future scale of the combined challenges from urbanization and climate change-related sea level rise and extreme weather. This will necessitate much greater emphasis on improved land use, urban and floodplain planning,” said Mr Lucio.

The fact-finding team’s visit coincided with tropical cyclone Kenneth, which made landfall on 25 April in Cabo Delgado province as the most intense tropical cyclone ever known to have hit the area.

The WMO mission focussed on Cyclone Idai, especially in terms of damages to hydro-meteorological equipment and institutional coordination and collaboration involving the meteorological, hydrological and disaster management services. However, its general conclusions are meant to inform plans and investments in strengthening the Early Warning System in a multi-hazard approach, and disaster risk management in the country, particularly during reconstruction to ensure building back better and overall strengthening of resilience.

Key findings

With Idai and Kenneth, the tropical cyclone warnings issued through WMO’s operational network – via its Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre La Reunion (Météo-France) were of good quality. Flood warnings were challenging, an area where special focus needs to be put.

g said the report.

The communication of messages needs to be simplified and should include indication of potential impacts. Education and awareness raising should be permanent, the mission found.

Early warning can only be effective if complemented by effective disaster management practices. There is a need for:

  • Effective floodplain management practices, including land use, urban planning;
  • Updated building codes to withstand intense tropical cyclone winds;
  • Multi-purpose infrastructure to serve as shelters in cases of tropical cyclones and accommodation during floods;
  • Consideration of structural measures for protection and management, where appropriate

The WMO team identified major weaknesses on preparedness, emergency coordination and response, including the following:

  • Absence of a communication system that can be used in the case of failure of normal communication means for warning and emergency operations;
  • Ineffective land use planning and enforcement for efficient floodplain management;
  • Absence of an evacuation plan for cities such as Beira, Búzi and Dondo;
  • Building codes not suitable to events of the magnitude of cyclone IDAI.
  • Limited capacities of key central and local government authorities to respond to emergencies;
  • Absence of an integrated approach for multi-hazard early warning systems;

Vulnerability

Mozambique is downstream of nine major river basins. It is prone to devastating impacts of floods but can also experience low-flows in rivers during drought due to water use upstream, exacerbating the impacts of droughts.

The biggest floods recorded recently were in 2000, when weeks of heavy rain exacerbated by tropical cyclone Eline caused the death of 700 people and affecting 2 million people.

With a coastline of 2700 km in the South West Indian Ocean, Mozambique is hit by a tropical storm or cyclone every two years on average – although Madagascar often acts as a buffer.

Climate change projections indicate a global decrease in numbers of tropical storms and cyclones. However it is projected that there may be increases in their maximum intensities and associated rainfall. Future sea level rise will exacerbate the impact of storm surge on coastal regions, assuming all other factors equal.

For the Province of Maputo, which has never suffered from direct hit of a tropical storm or tropical cyclone, and the Province of Gaza which was hit just once (cyclone Domoina in 1984) the likelihood of direct impact over these southern areas may increase over the next decades.