Ethiopia: Government of Tigray – External Affairs Office – Statement on the Ongoing Mass Detention of Tigrayans (04.07.2022)

South Sudan: OCHA – Urgent funding needs mount as multiple interconnected shocks blight the people of South Sudan (04.07.2022)

Opinion: Blaming everything on the TPLF is getting ‘old’

Yes, as the time goes by… the repetition and usage of a scapegoat wears off. That is just a fact. Especially, when the scapegoat and the villain isn’t as powerful or uses it’s forces. The Prosperity Party and the government institutions are finding all ways to vilify and blame the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

I would never say that the TPLF isn’t at fault and never done anything evil. No, that isn’t justified. The TPLF have their wounds, massacres and tarnished reputation over years in power. That isn’t anything to deny or counter, as that should investigated and challenged in the courts of law. Which any sensible government petition, indicts and sentence criminals to a punishment in a correctional facility. Therefore, that should be done and not just blame it for everything without evidence.

With that in mind… the FDRE Government Communication Service has targeted and lied deliberately about the TPLF. That being the closure of Mekelle Airport or the Humanitarian Convoys to enter into Tigray region. Secondly, now they are blaming the TPLF for the execution of Sudanese soldiers from Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF). Which is hard to believe, as the Addis Ababa has lied about all details in the conflict in Northern Ethiopia.

The PP has lied about the origin. The PP has lied about how it blocked funding and aid into the Tigray region before the November 2020. The PP has lied about their planned operations to assassinate the TPLF leadership ahead of the conflict. The PP has lied about the infiltration of Tigray Defence Force (TDF) within the refugees fleeing into Sudan. The PP has lied about the lack of fuel and called it a myth created by the TPLF to continue the war. I can go on, but I am just showing how much lies that been spread as fact in this conflict.

When you know this… the ENDF isn’t taking responsibility of the executions of SAF soldiers. They are now “investigating” it, but know that they will never take any sort of serious responsibility for it. Because, the regime of Addis Ababa don’t want to loose face and that’s the gist of it.

Just like it always did disclaim the skirmishes last year into the Al-Fashqa region inside Sudanese territory. Therefore, the recent Press Statement made by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is again blaming TPLF. While not taking into account the knowledge of SAF and the Sudanese who knows who took them as Prisoners of War (POW) and the civilian who was also killed by the authorities in Ethiopia.

So, when the PP and the FDRE Government Communication Service drops their statements, press releases and such. Question the narrative and the reasons for it. Since, they have deliberately acted in disservice and been dishonest in the messaging. Therefore, don’t just listen and take as a truth. That is giving way to a government that easily takes life, creates famine and arrest dissidents.

I’m just asking you to be aware and keeping your head cool. Because, the FDRE and the PP is working for one man and his emperor complex. That should be said and don’t be shocked by that. He wants everyone to fear him and his terror. This is why his time in office should be called the ‘Medemer Terror’. Peace.

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Ethiopia: Joint Press Release by Tigray Opposition Parties – Call for an All-Inclusive Dialogue between Tigray and Ethiopia (23.06.2022)

Ukraine: Statement by Amin Awad, Assistant Secretary-General and United Nations Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine (24 June 2022)

Opinion: The GoU isn’t the owner of the DGF

Today, I hosted the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation. We discussed a number of bilateral issues. I also agreed to lift the ban on Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), to run till December 2022, with Government represented in the decision-making structures. I shall formally communicate our position to the relevant government departments” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 22.06.2022).

You know that someone has ruled for too long when you think donor funds are for you to toy around with and decide. President Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni has been running the Republic since January 1986 and it shows. The audacity of this man…

Yes, his a real life villain and he thrives on that. He was able to hoodwink people for a generation, but the truth of his actions is catching up to people slowly. The ones funding the DGF should have all ears and listen to the dissidents. Because, there is sinister and dark scheming behind the scenes, which we know the National Resistance Movement (NRM) nor the President want out on blast.

That’s why when his doing this putting condition and stings on “free money”. You just know it’s off the hook. It isn’t for the President nor his state to decide what the donors want it spent on. They can spend how they deem fit and what sort of governance, organizations or state institutions they deem fit. Because, it is their monies and their tax-payers funds, which they have to be accountable for. Therefore, after 18 months suspension and giving nearly 6 months more run-time. It is really showing that the President is tired and cannot manage to not micro-manage everything single thing in the Republic. He needs to know and it bugs him like crazy. That someone else has a vision and an idea in the nation of which he reside and happens to be the Head of State off.

Who are the DGF and why does it exist:

The Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) was initially established in July 2011 by eight Development Partners (DPs) as a five-year governance programme aimed at providing harmonised, coherent and well-coordinated support to state and non-state entities to strengthen democratisation, protect human rights, improve access to justice and enhance accountability in Uganda. The Programme goal was to contribute to equitable growth, poverty eradication, rule of law and long term stability in Uganda. This programme marked the first phase of DGF that ended in June 2016. A transitional period of 18 months was implemented from July 2016 to December 2017. Currently the DGF is implementing its second 5-year phase (January 2018 – December 2022) with support from seven DPs: Austria, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the European Union, to build on the achievements of the first phase, address the continuing democratic deficits, and consolidate peace and stability in the country” (Democratic Governance Facility – What is DGF).

The board of the DGF is also the ambassadors of the respective donor nations and the head of delegation of the European Union as well. So, it has already 6 board members, which represents the ones who is funding the DGF. That is the vital part here. The DGF wouldn’t exist and be an entity without the funding and the operational funds of the donors.

That’s why the President directing and pinning in the ministries to intervene and partake in it is infuriating. This is insulting the donors and their worthiness. It is like the President and his associates believes it’s their birthright to donations and funds of which these nations are bringing. Which couldn’t be further from the truth. They are lucky to receive it in the first place. Why shouldn’t Austria just invest in health care in Vienna? Or the Sweden in Stockholm, Norway in Oslo, Ireland in Dublin, Netherlands in Amsterdam or the EU in Brussels? They are not owing Museveni or the NRM anything. No, this is “free” money and they are lucky to get it and the arrogance of the President shows.

These ambassadors and the board of the DGF isn’t his minions and senior presidential advisors. No, they are there to promote the interests of their respective nations and find good partnership in Uganda. Not being told what to do and whatnot. That is what the President did here and this is how his used to running the Republic. Directing, decreeing and ordering from the “high above”. That mentality shows here after 18 month suspension ahead of the January 2021 polls. Which was supposed to fund opposition activity, a sort of activity he can never prove or show any evidence of. Therefore, the suspension was hostile in the first place.

Yes, the Government of Uganda is sovereign is deemed to do what is see as fit. That I’m not questioning, but the act of suspending this was done in bad faith and the arrogance of him while lifting it. Just shows his true intentions and that he wants to control the DGF directly, which isn’t for him to “own” or “run”. That’s what it seems like he really intends to do. By putting in a crony in the board and such.

Museveni is just showing his dictatorial tendencies. His now telling what the donors should do and direct their funding. It isn’t enough that they are donating and supporting the development of the republic. No, they have to be told what to do. This should be amplified, because this insulting the donors and their respective will to give.

Why should they give to nation that does this? What value is the currency and the will of helping of others, if they are putting rigid stings before getting the money. It is the donors that should decide the spending and where they want the money to go. Since, they are the ones supplying it and funding the DGF. Until, Museveni and his cronies invests in it and actually put the work in. Then they can talk, but for now… the NRM and Museveni should be happy that people and nations are still willing to fund these sorts of organizations, civil society and even government entities through the DGF.

There is enough other places the nations can fund and help out people in need. It isn’t only in Kampala and across the Republic. No, there is plenty of other places with the lack of good governance and other issues, which a sort of DGF could be positive contribution. Therefore, the President should be lucky that this exist. Instead… his targeting it and showing his total disregard for the donors. His just continuing to bite the hand that feeds him. Peace.

Ethiopia: The PP is lying about the fuel crisis in the Tigray region…

During last week alone 3 fuel tankers carrying 137,913 litres have arrived in Mekelle, cumulatively reaching 920,309 liters of fuel sent to the region. The myth of fuel shortage is a TPLF hidden agenda to enhance mobility of its army in preparation for another round of conflict” (FDRE Government Communication Service, 23.06.2022).

Just as the Prosperity Party of the FDRE Government Communication Service was willing to lie about the closure of Mekelle Airport in the Tigray region. They are willing to lie about the fuel crisis and lack thereof in the Tigray Region. The lack of fuel and not enough of it. Is a reason for why the humanitarian assistance isn’t able to reach across the Tigray region. The vehicles cannot drive across the terrain or the roads to distribute the humanitarian assistance there.

It is really telling that the FDRE Government Communication Service did this today. That is just a sign of escalation and plans for future endeavours. This they have done before and the regime of Addis Ababa has no scruples or concerns about the consequences. As long as their detail and their message is spread across. Because, this is vilifying the victims and that what they pursuit.

Similarly in Tigray, extreme food insecurity is leading some IDPs to resort to eating wild plants to survive. While the arrival of additional humanitarian supplies into Tigray is expected to address some of these gaps, the scale of response is challenged by the lack of fuel to transport the supplies from Mekelle to different parts of the region. At least more than 334,000 liters of fuel (around 7 to 8 fuel tankers) are needed to distribute more than 42,000 MT of relief supplies within the region. Overall, since road convoys movement resumed on 1 April, about 2,500 trucks carrying over 101,000 MT of cargo, of which 86 per cent of the supplies are food and nutrition, have reached Tigray, including 21 fuel tankers. This includes 532 trucks, including 3 fuel tankers, arrived in Tigray during the reporting period” (OCHA, 16.06.2022).

I don’t the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or OCHA would have any interests about lying or making fuel a myth in Tigray. To the contrary they need to be straight and honest for their donor and the international community, which funds the operations of the UN organizations and the humanitarian assistance to the Tigray region. The OCHA has no interests or needs to exaggerate or even make things worse. They are just in the business of addressing the needs and the hurt of the region.

That’s why I have little faith in a government, which has inflicted harm, punished a region collectively and persistent in vilifying the leadership of region. While never acting accountable or being transparent about own actions, which has created and ensured the humanitarian catastrophe of man-made famine and starvations of the Tigray region. That blockade for months on end has created it and they cannot switch the narratives now. Especially, when the OCHA reports, which is the newest one says it so vividly.

FDRE Government Communication Service needs a better writer and narrator. Heck, they need someone who can speak and say the truth. This is government propaganda in the purest form. It is not a myth that the Humanitarian assistance needs more fuel, but a fact, which is as a result of the federal government sponsored blockade. A blockade that has been successful in such a way, that we don’t know how many lives, how many millions who will be touched by it or is barely surviving. Because, we have bare estimations of 9 millions, but that is maybe only on the surface and who knows how bad it really is. Peace.

Ethiopia: The PP is willing to lie about the closure of Mekelle Airport…

TPLF terrorist group blocked aid flights to Mekelle airport.

The government of Ethiopia in collaboration with the international community has been facilitating daily air transportation to Tigray for the delivery of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and nutritional supplements. By expanding humanitarian assistance, from June 11th, 2022 to June 17th, 2022, the federal government facilitated the transportation of 22,250 metric tons of food items to the Tigray region by 363 trucks. Despite the encumbrance of the TPLF terrorist group, Ethiopia’s federal government demonstrated its unwavering commitment to addressing the region’s humanitarian need. But since yesterday, the terrorist group has blocked aid flights to Mekelle airport. The group using the people of Tigray as a weapon of propaganda, once again shows its priority is disseminating false information instead of providing aid to the people. The federal government calls on the international community to condemn the recent blockade of flights by the terrorist group and to further investigate the reasons behind it” (FDRE Government Communication Sevice, 23.06.2022).

We know the vilification of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Regional Government of Tigray is on system overload. Because, they need excuses and vilify the victims. At such a rate it doesn’t make sense. The TPLF and the regional government of Tigray haven’t blocked entry of humanitarian assistance or airlifting of such. Why would they?

It is saving lives, as millions are facing a man-made famine, starvation and an epic humanitarian crisis. Which is created by the long blockade and lack of assistance over a very long time. This wasn’t a problem created yesterday, but has been long overdue. The Addis Ababa regime and all their bureaucrats has stifled, stopped and ensured a tragedy could occur in Tigray. The mere percentages of what is needed is still the case. There is 9 millions who needs food aid, which OCHA reported on the recent update.

So, when the regional government has allowed airlifting supplies for the current reporting time. Why should they suddenly stop? That isn’t making sense. Especially, when the region is facing starvation, famine and a crisis, which has been reported and warned about for months on end. The regional government would earn currency blocking it. That is only valuable to Addis Ababa who has done this deliberately. Therefore, I don’t trust the FDRE Government Communication Service, which has lied about the conflict before.

OCHA Ethiopia prepares this report with the support of Cluster Coordinators. The data/information collected covers the period from 7 to 13 June 2022” (…) “From 7 to 13 June, 532 trucks (including 3 fuel tankers) arrived in Tigray. Since convoys resumed on 1 April 2022, a total of 2,499 trucks (over 101,100 MT of cargo) have transited to Tigray, including 21 fuel tankers. The cluster facilitated the airlift of some 10.9 MT of health, nutrition and agriculture cargo from Addis Ababa to Mekelle during the reporting period” (OCHA – Northern Ethiopia – Humanitarian Update – Situation Report, 16.06.2022).

So, when OCHA reports about airlifting in that period of time and with the knowledge of the needs of the region. I doubt the TPLF and the Tigray Region Government would sudden block entry now. Which it is in dire need of. If anything it’s excuses of the Federal or Central Government of Addis Ababa to further their blockade of humanitarian assistance, which they have become infamous for. The Prosperity Party has to answer for that, because I don’t believe them. These folks has lied about everything possible and blamed the mothers too. Therefore, they should carry themselves with some humility and knowledge of the pain they have suffered to the region.

However, I wouldn’t count on it. When vengeance and blood-thirsty goons are running the show. War-lords with no hearts and no conscience of their actions. That’s why people can die, so they can prosper. Peace.

Ethiopia: Government of Tigray – External Affairs Office – Statement on the Addis Authorities’ False Claims Regarding the Closure of Mekelle Airport (23.06.2022)

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