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White House Sack-Race Continues: Bolton is out

One, twenty-one guns

Lay down your arms

Give up the fight

One, twenty-one guns

Throw up your arms into the sky

One, twenty-one guns

Lay down your arms

Give up the fight

One, twenty-one guns

Throw up your arms into the sky

You and I” – Green Day on “21 Guns” released in 2009 on their 21st Century Breakdown Album.

The sack-race of President Donald J. Trump is insane. The turnover of staff and appointed members of his cabinet is into historic levels. The supposed prestige of getting these roles are dwindling down. As in so many departments, government organizations and such-such are filled with temporary acting individuals, instead of Congress approved personnel. That is because, well, the President cannot be stable or sincere enough to keep the one his gotten approved.

President Trump have today fired the warmonger, the lousy and flimsy character, the Iraqi Jedi, John Bolton from his position as the National Security Advisor. He had this role for 520 days, his predecessors under this administration was taken out much quicker. First was the Gen. Michael Flynn, which only lasted 24 days, the acting NSA Keith Kellogg had 7 days and the one right before Bolton was Gen. H.R. McMaster who lasted until now record-breaking 412 days.

Bolton and McMaster lasted over a year, by a thread, because the trust between them and President wore thin. That is because of the erratic and insane attitude to governing that is residing in the White House. The Banana Republic and the tin-pot acting dictator in the flesh. Who thinks he does it all best, but continues to fail. Therefore, it is easier to fire someone, than actually trying to proper govern.

That is why the White House is looking for its fifth NSA, that since January 2017. Which doesn’t seem to long ago, but is in the mental state of this White House a decade. The way its eats and spits-out personnel. Like men with titles, clearances and ability to grasp the positions they need grow on trees.

President Trump has wasted yet another ally. Another one of the Republican hacks, who was match made in heaven, but ended in a minor moment of hell. Instead of making things better, none of these made an effort to make change. Trump didn’t want advice, and in the end, the warmongering advisor had to get the axe. Because, that is easier than actually doing something profound and meaningful. While being in office.

Trump has wasted yet another man, another White House Official, who was loyal to him. Not that I like the man. I don’t and his legacy is endless war and thinking the bullying of nations will solve things. Is just a messed foreign policy, which will end in someone’s destruction. Right now, it was his. Surely, he can go back to lobbying and earn money from gun- and ammo manufactures, which is friends. So, he can support warfare and be the merchant of death. Which is where Bolton belongs.

I don’t salute the end of Bolton in the White House. However, there is time for them 21 Guns and stop the nonsense. No, NSA will be good enough for Trump. They will differ and like a whiny bitch, he will sack them over nothing. Peace.

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South Sudan: IGAD welcomes the meeting of President Kiir and dr. Machar (10.09.2019)

(September 10, 2019, JUBA, South Sudan) The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) welcomes the meeting of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the leader of SPLM/A-I.O., Dr. Riek Machar Teny in Juba, South Sudan, as part of the effort to iron out issues related to transitional security arrangements and the number of States and boundaries.

The meeting is timely and an important step towards not only resolving challenges related to outstanding critical pre-transitional tasks but also building trust and confidence among the Parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (the R-ARCSS).

IGAD commends the Republic of Sudan for facilitating and supporting the face-to-face meeting. IGAD will continue to encourage and support face-to-face meetings between the two principals as well as among leaders of all Parties to the R-ARCSS agreement to ensure the timely formation and smooth functioning of the Revitalized Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU.

In this regard, the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Amb. Dr. Ismail Wais called on all the Parties to the R-ARCSS to show compromise and resolve all issues through dialogue. He also urged the international community and friends of South Sudan to continue supporting the implementation of the peace agreement to meet the critical milestones set for the formation of the Revitalized Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) on November 12, 2019

Burundi: Coalition des Forces de l’Opposition Burundaise pour le Retablissement de l’Accord d’Arusha “CFOR-ARUSHA” – Declaration No. 0001/2019 (10.09.2019)

Opinion: The same obituaries written for Mugabe can be revised to fit Museveni!

I know the National Resistance Movement (NRM) will be shocked to their core, as they have been eating the propaganda and the spoils of the unfinished revolution of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Whose since the inception in the early 1980s of the NRA. Has spoiled his legacy, destroyed his victories and sealed his fate on this here earth.

The NRM won’t accept this, that is why the former freedom fighter, the liberation activists and current head-of-state. Will be remembered in the same fashion as Mugabe. They have both similarities, even as the Ugandan one has even more wars in the near area, than his counterpart.

They both have gone from being liberation heroes to become oppressors. They have both destroyed the legacy of positive change, because they lingered in power. They are both known for patronage and misuse of the army to control the population. Both men have rigged elections, silence the opposition, wrecked the economy and tried to act as big-men everywhere else.

President Museveni has also been involved in conflicts in and around the East African hemisphere. Even his soldiers have been hired as far away as the Equatorial Guinea. His been involved in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Museveni has supposedly helped and gotten rid of Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda, Mobutu Sese Seko of DRC, Laurent Kabila of the DRC and John Garang of South Sudan. Therefore, his legacy will live on, not because of the men stopped in the Republic, but also elsewhere.

Still, his actions in his own Republic will be calculated into the same fashion as Mugabe. As a man who had the Republic and had a promising start. Was loved by both the West and had the public behind him. Over time he lingered and gotten more and more sinister. His killing of allies, getting rid of generals and the acts of previous leadership. Shows, that the President didn’t really come with the promised change, but instead just changed the head.

When, big-men in and around the President dies. When kings and other noble men are in exile, when people are randomly kidnapped, tortured and killed. As the troubles of the past is coming back. The lawlessness and rampant injustice is ruling, because the patronage and the security outfits are loyal to the President, but not serving the public. This is why, the President will be remembered for that. For the deaths in Kasese, the assassinations, arbitrary arrests, the torture of opposition leaders and the usage of military to let the NRM stay in power.

These sort of things, make the similarities between him and Mugabe go away. That the same sort of story can be told. The same sort of obituaries can be written, just to Ugandan context with some more flex of power in the closer hinterland of Kampala.

Museveni will be seen as a former freedom fighter turned oppressor. Someone who went from having the promise and possible change the Republic needed. To become like so many others, be hooked on the greed, the power and the eternal faith that your the selected one to rule.

Yoweri went from being the humble servant to become the King, His Excellency and fountain of honour. The man who went from being the popular and promising executive, to become the self-styled President for life.

Mugabe ruled for 37 years, Museveni is at his 33 years. With so many similarities, that is why Mugabe was usually attending the inaugurations of him and likewise did Museveni visit Harare. That is just the way it is, they were brothers from different mothers. They chose this path.

Their intentions doesn’t matter now, what they used their time and their lives. Created lot of hurt, damaged a lot of peoples lives. They used it for personal gain on the cost of others. Others might salute them, but the victims, the ones who lost it all. Should be remembered, as they are not written in the sky. They will not have lavish burials or even a grave to go to. These people will die like and vanish like banana leafs, while these big-men will have ceremonies and tales written about them. While the people they made suffer, will not be heard or even have the ability to speak.

This is why, we know that the day of final destination is coming to Yoweri or Yosri. His last breath will come eventually. We don’t know when, but that is destined to come. We don’t know when, but Lord knows. Then, we will write in similar fashion and certainly not escape the truth of what Museveni did. Peace.

South Sudan: SPLM/A-IO – Office of the Chairman and Commander in Chief (05.09.2019)

Somalia: AMISOM helps families affected by drought in Dhobley (07.09.2019)

 

Mogadishu 07 September 2019 – Female soldiers serving in the Kenyan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have launched an initiative to support families affected by drought in southern Somalia.

On Friday the troops distributed rice, sugar, beans, biscuits, fruit and other food items to about 150 households. Most of the beneficiaries were widows, orphans, and the elderly.

The commander of the AMISOM Kenyan contingent, Brig. Gen. Dickson Ruto oversaw the distribution. Brig. Gen. Ruto said that his contingent would partner with community-based organisations to deliver food and medical services to families in need.

He added that the AMISOM female troops would jointly implement the initiative with their female counterparts in the Somali National Army (SNA) and Jubbaland state security forces.

“There is a serious drought across Somalia. It is important that we focus on the less privileged, particularly widows, orphans, and internally displaced persons who don’t have enough food at this very critical moment,” said Brig. Gen. Ruto.

The Administrator of Dhobley Town, Siyad Mohamed Hassan was grateful for the initiative, and called for more cooperation between AMISOM and local authorities in order to secure and help develop the area.

“We request that such efforts should not stop here. We should collaborate and participate in other areas such as public health and sanitation, sports, education, and rehabilitation of our roads,” added Siyad.

Nimo Abdi Bule, a member of the Daryeel Women’s Group in Dhobley and herself a beneficiary, said, “We are thankful to Allah, and appreciate the assistance from AMISOM.”

Capt. Lynette Rachi, who commanded the females within the AMISOM Kenyan contingent said the food donation would offer relief to vulnerable families, especially mothers, affected by the drought conditions.

“At the end of the day, all that a mother needs is to put food on the table for her children. So, the little we were able to get from the AMISOM headquarters, we were happy to share and have a great day together,” said Capt. Rachi.

South Sudan: RJMEC Interim Chairperson lauds AUC, China donation to cantonment sites (06.09.2019)

I am delighted today to have witnessed the hand-over of in-kind support destined for different parts of South Sudan in order to facilitate the cantonment process. The materials were kindly donated by the African Union Commission (AUC).

The in-kind support, which is in the form of large, durable tents to house former combatants while they undergo cantonment, will go a long way in furthering the cantonment process.

This is indeed a great step towards achieving successful cantonment, which is an essential component of the Pre-Transitional tasks.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the AUC for the consignment, and I urge all other partners to offer their unwavering support towards the critical process of cantonment. It is my hope that more support will arrive in the coming days and weeks.

I would also like to acknowledge the donation of 1500 tons of rice from the government of The People’s Republic of China which has been received. Through the Ambassador of China, I would like to extend my thanks to the government of The People’s Republic of China.

It is my expectation that by end of this month, September, we will have attained the required number of troops, that is 50% of the Necessary Unified Forces.

The hand-over of the AUC and Chinese consignments comes at a time when the R-ARCSS is shortly to mark the first anniversary of its signing, which is on 12 September 2018. I hope that together we will achieve much more before the end of the extended Pre-Transitional period.

Thank you very much.Thank you very much.

H.E Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge,

Interim Chairperson, The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC)

Somalia: AMISOM, UN discuss use and maintenance of military equipment (05.09.2019)

Mogadishu, 05 September – Troop and police contributing countries to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) met to discuss the status of equipment used by AMISOM.

The two-day meeting which ended yesterday, took place in Mogadishu and was attended by AMISOM military officers from the contingents of Burundi, Kenya, and Uganda, which receive equipment from international partners.

Among other matters, the meeting discussed challenges faced concerning servicing of partner-owned equipment used by the AMISOM contingents, particularly the high rate of equipment wear and tear due to the harsh operating environment.

Bilateral partners such as the United States and the United Kingdom provide AMISOM with armoured personnel carriers and engineering equipment. UNSOS is mandated under UN Security Council Resolution 2245 of 2015, to ensure that the equipment is well maintained.

Maj. Gen. Lakara the AMISOM Deputy Force Commander in charge of Operations and Plans observed that there are documented challenges with maintaining such equipment.

“Lack of spare parts remains the biggest challenge to servicing of partner-owned equipment. This I say from the various reports that I have read,” noted Maj. Gen. Lakara who officiated at the closure of the meeting.

Maj. Gen. Lakara hailed international partners that provide support in the form of equipment donations to enhance the capabilities of AMISOM contingents to carry out anti-insurgent operations.

“Much of the achievements today would not have been possible without the provision of such equipment by our partners,” Maj. Gen. Lakara noted.

UNSOS Senior Logistics Officer, Service Delivery, Mike Collins said UNSOS has a responsibility to keep the partner-owned equipment at about 75 percent serviceability. However, Collins noted that there was a shortfall in ensuring serviceability of equipment due to delivery challenges.

“This was a crucial meeting because we face challenges in maintenance of our partner-owned equipment,” said Collins, adding, “with better communication, we can achieve more.”

South Sudan: Urgent and important – Subject: Dissolution of SSUF/A leadership and executive office (30.08.2019)

Cameroon: CHRDA Statement on the Occassion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearence, 30 August 2019 (30.08.2019)

The international day of the victims of enforced Disappearances, 30th August is a day created to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places and under poor conditions unknown to their relatives. Enforced disappearance is used as a strategy to spread terror within society. It occurs when people are being arrested, detained or abducted against their will and when governments refuse to disclose the whereabouts of these people.

Relatives have a right, as victims themselves, to know the truth about the circumstances of any enforced disappearance, the whereabouts of their loved ones, the progress and results of investigation, and ultimately the fate of the disappeared person.

Enforced disappearance remains a heinous crime under international law, as it is strongly condemned by the Rome statute labelling it a crime against humanity as well as the UN Convention and the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons Against Enforced Disappearance.

The state of Cameroon is party to this convention since 2007, and it is under obligation to search for persons who have disappeared. Unfortunately, since the outbreak of violence in the North West and South West regions and the militarisation of towns and villages, several persons have disappeared as the government battles against armed separatist groups. In the localities of Belo and Wum in the North West Region, Relatives have been able to retrieve corpses of identified victims of enforced disappearances (family members) in Rivers and streams, said to have been arrested by the state militia. Mass graves have also been identified in the localities of Batibo and Bali since 2018, and several other individuals have disappeared since the 22nd of September when thousands of southern Cameroonians match with peace plants across the two regions, and the 1st of October when others hoisted flags in public places, announcing the birth of a new country called ‘Ambazonia’.

Most recently, the riots in the prisons of Kondengui and Buea on the 23rd and 24th July respectively lead to the destruction of the prisons by wild fires, prompting the government forces to respond with live bullets to keep calm in the prisons. Several inmates were moved to other detention centres and there are allegations that a couple of inmates died. Lawyers and family members have raised allegation that the whereabouts of their clients and relatives previously detained at the Buea central prison cannot be ascertained.

On this occasion of the international day of the victims of enforced disappearances, 30 August 2019, CHRDA calls on the state of Cameroon to take measures to immediately search for any individual alleged to have disappeared in compliance with its obligation under international law.

Independent commissions should be put in place with sufficient financial and human resources to conduct the search for the disappeared persons. They should properly coordinate the search and should have unrestricted access to all information relevant to locate the disappeared person. Such authorities should also allow for the full participation of the relatives or representatives of the disappeared and should be regularly informed about the progress and protected from any security risk. In the words of António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, he said “I call on States to do more to prevent enforced disappearances and bring to justice those responsible. To this end, I call on countries to cooperate fully with UN mechanisms. I also urge all States that have not yet done so to sign, ratify or accede to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.”

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