Ethiopia: Office of the Prime Minister – Federal Government Condemns the atrocities committed by TPLF in Maikadra (24.11.2020)

Ethiopia: Tigray-Ethiopian Community Association in Colorado – Urgent Call for Intervention Before It Is Too Late (23.11.2020)

Ethiopia: Global Society of Tigrai Scholars (GSTS) – Public call for opening of consultations on Ethiopia under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement (23.11.2020)

Opinion: NRM lacks 336 billion shillings for Village Radios

The government plan for long-distance learning through the provision of the 9 million radios sets is on course, the money is available and those radios will be provided” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (20.09.2020).

In the upcoming Budget Supplementary No. 3 of the Financial Year of 2020/2021. In the 19th edition of the COVID-19 Speeches this year on the 20th September 2020. In the supplementary budget however, they are stating the troubles with both the procurement and the timeline of offering the village radios to the general public.

First of Orion Transformers & Electrics, the producer doesn’t even make radios of yet. They are making electrical transformers. The company needs a lot of training to shift their production. It will take up to 6 months before starting the production at OTE. The planning from Ministry of Education is already have an impossible timeline. As the state is supposed to be able to give 2 million radios in January 2021 and February 2021. So, that the radio learning program can start in March 2021. However, that is impossible, as we are in November 2020 and with the timeline of 6 months means OTE could earliest start production in May 2021. Which means the whole project is futile.

The other things is that this would cost 336.8 billion shillings to make the radios locally. The Ministry have also found no funds to make it possible to procure the radios. This means, the whole thing is impossible. Just like everyone of us said in September after the promise was made by the President.

A big big promise, but no execution or idea on how to actually do it. The only way the Government of Uganda could have made it happen. Was if they we’re able to get some of the United Nations Organizations hooked on the idea and they are covering the funds for the procurement. After that their logistics and such are able to transfer the radios across the Republic. That would be imported goods or radios. Not Build Uganda Buy Ugandan (BUBU). Still, it would benefit the general public and the needs for long distance learning. Which was the idea in the first place.

Just that the Supplementary Budget had the post in the paper shows how much work they put into this foolish enterprise. As everyone knew it wouldn’t stick. The government wouldn’t have the funds or capabilities to handle this. They are still lacking funds to keep old promises and funds to cover those as well.

The GoU with the NRM at the helm isn’t ready for this sort of affair. It is just to much work and needs a team who knows logistics, electronics and has the capability to use funds wisely. Not just handpick one company and hope they can solve the whole issue.

It is easily to see that this was bound to fail. The whole promise was empty hubris with no sort of idea how to implement it. The President wanted to talk big-game, but have no cards on his hands to win. Therefore, he hope the bluff would work. However, we all should see how his failing and how his government is pathetic.

Instead of promising within its means and acting fiscal responsible. The Presidential idea of greatness isn’t working. That is why this was bound to fail… Village radios won’t happen on the government dime. They will not invest and neither act upon it. These folk cannot manage it or have the funds to pay the engineers and technicians to fix it. Peace.

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – Tigray: Maikadra Massacre of Civilians is a Crime of Atrocity (24.11.2020)

Mzee plans to spend 2,6 billion shillings for Col. Kaka’s Angola gig

The former International Security Organization (ISO) Director General Kaka Bagyenda who got appointed mid-October to a non-existent embassy in Angola as the Ambassador there. Now, in mid-November the release of the Third Supplementary Budget of state.

The state puts forward many other reasons tor the establishment of the embassy. As the usage of the recent meetings with Angola in concern to the dialogue with Rwanda there. Also, the joint co-operation in combatants in the region. So, the state makes reasonable assessments for the establishment, but that happens after the appointment.

This is all an Ad-Hoc management by the President to have one of his cronies on the payroll of the state. In a way to get him away from the scrutiny and investigations into the legal jeopardy of Col. Kaka and how he ran the ISO. Where he could get procedures and Parliament oversight into the operation of ISO. However, if the man is in Angola, the those troubles are sort of gone for the minute. And when he returns he can be used for similar services again.

Col. Kaka is just following orders of the “high above” and does what his told to do. Therefore, the appointment here isn’t forever, but until his reputation is forgotten about. So, that the government can rehire him somewhere within the various security outfits of state.

Museveni needs men like Kaka to work for him. He switches them from time to time, but they often return after being in the wilderness a little bit. After they are wondering the earth. They return to office and continues where they left off.

Don’t expect Kaka to be forgotten and not get a juicy security job in the long-term. As long as Museveni reigns supreme. He needs personalities and characters like Kaka.

That is why Museveni creates a job for Kaka in the meanwhile. As he knows and we should know. This is only a temporary junction before the stage in his works for this government. Not like he will be gone long and will not be needed at a later stage.

It costs 2,6 billions to make it happen, but that isn’t important for Museveni. That is a bill the state takes and usage of public funds. It is just a way of creating a job and office to have him in the rotation until the windows opens up again.

Col. Kaka might go to Angola for now and the establishment of an embassy there is on the way. However, he will not be gone forever. They wouldn’t use this much energy and money, if there wasn’t a long-term plan for him.

Kaka is a favoured crony and loyal cadre. That is why his getting an embassy created for him. Seriously, I wonder when he will returns and what sort of plans the President has for him. Since, he goes this far to keep him around and have him on his payroll. Peace.

Ethiopia: Threat of major hostilities in Mekelle seriously imperils civilian lives – Bachelet (24.11.2020)

GENEVA (24 November 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday urged the parties to the conflict in Tigray to give clear and unambiguous orders to their forces to take constant care to spare – and protect – the civilian population from the effect of the hostilities.

“The highly aggressive rhetoric on both sides regarding the fight for Mekelle is dangerously provocative and risks placing already vulnerable and frightened civilians in grave danger,” the High Commissioner said. “I fear such rhetoric will lead to further violations of international humanitarian law,” she added, expressing alarm at reports of a heavy build-up of tanks and artillery around Mekelle, the capital city of Tigray province following the Government’s issuance of a 72-hour ultimatum.

“Such rhetoric suggests possible breaches of the cardinal principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in the conduct of hostilities that are designed to ensure the civilian population is protected.”

Responding to allegations that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is stationing itself among civilians, Bachelet stated that under international law, parties to a conflict should take all possible measures to protect the civilian population under their control from the effects of attacks, namely by avoiding, to the extent feasible, locating military objectives in densely populated areas.

“However, this does not then give the Ethiopian State carte blanche to respond with the use of artillery in densely populated areas. I remind all parties to the conflict that the obligation to respect international law is not conditional on the other party’s behavior. All parties to the conflict are bound to respect international humanitarian law and human rights law as applicable. The protection of civilians is paramount.”

In particular, the High Commissioner recalled that it is prohibited to treat as a single military objective a number of distinct military objectives located in a densely populated area.

Bachelet said she was deeply disturbed at the continuing communication blackout in Tigray province, making it very difficult for civilians to communicate with family members, and for the UN to monitor the human rights and humanitarian situation. Reports continue to emerge of arbitrary arrests and detentions, killings, as well as discrimination and stigmatization of ethnic Tigrays. More than 40,000 people have fled from Tigray province into neighbouring Sudan since 7 November.

“I implore all parties to respond positively to attempts at dialogue, and to ensure unfettered access to humanitarian assistance for those who so desperately need it, and protection and security for aid workers,” the High Commissioner said.

Nigeria: Atiku Support Organization (ASO) – Press Statement (24.11.2020)

ACT-Wazalendo: AU and the UN has the responsibility to protect civilians in Ethiopia (24.11.2020)

Kenya: National Police Service – Director of Criminal Investigations – Press Release (24.11.2020)