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Brexit: European Commission launches infringement proceedings against the UK following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner (14.11.2019)

A NGO Crackdown: 10,000 invalid by the NGO Bureau!

Today, the Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Jeje Odongo dropped an list of certified and verified NON-Governmental Organizations in the Republic of Uganda. The whole list was dropped together with the Press Release. Also, a moment of presser, which addressed the same numbers and information.

Clearly, this is important, as there are plenty of folks now, who has to deliver, register and quickly get verified. If not, if the state take them to court and punish them for organizing illegal activity through an non-registered entity. They might get high fines, be incarcerated or if they continue to violate the law. The NGO and the felon will be fined with a huge sum every single day until it ceases to operate.

However, upon verification of the 14,207 registered NGOs since 1989, as at 7th August 2019, it was noted that only 3,810 NGOs (27%) had valid permits while 10,397 (73%) had invalid permits” (Odongo, 13.11.2019).

All NGOs which do not appear on the validated register should not operate. Stakeholders especially the District and Sub-county NGO Monitoring Committees, Financial Intelligence Authority, Uganda Police Force, Banks, Hotels and other actors should cross check the status of any NGO with the register on the website or with the NGO Bureau to ensure that such NGOs do not operate in any part of the country or transact with their institutions” (Odongo, 13.11.2019).

NGO Act (2016) 40 Offence and Penalties:

(1) An organisation or a person commits an offence who-

(a) on being required to do so, fails or refuses to produce to the Bureau a certificate, permit, constitution, charter or other relevant document or information for the purpose of this act;

(b) knowingly gives false or incomplete information for the purpose of obtaining a permit or other requirement;

(c) operates contrary to the conditions or directions specified in its permit; or

(d) engages in activity that is prohibited by this ACT.

(2) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding seventy two currency points or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both, and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding fifteen currency points for each day during which the offence continues after conviction” (NGO Act, 2016).

This means the convicted fellow, who operates without lawful certification from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) could face fines up to 1,4m Shillings or USD$378, or 72 Currency Points (20,000 shillings). A daily fine could be 400k shillings or USD$108, which is a staggering amount of money.

Well, with that in mind. The NGO Bureau better expect that the Executive Directors or the General Secretaries of various of NGOs has to deliver more documentation and get the ability to get verified. To ensure the down-time and the suspension of activity won’t last to long. If not, they have to become local CBOs, which has other regulations and laws, where the local district and officials there verify and certify any organization. This is something the NGOs whose now illegally operating have to consider.

We can see by the list of organizations verified. It was plenty of national, lots of internationally bound and whose supported from the international community. The NGOs whose big enough and have the capacity was able to be verified by the NGO Bureau. The others whose too small or far from the capital have struggled to secure the certification to do so. The NGO Bureau should also ensure the education of the society and the civil society, which this entails. This is stopping the operation of possible 10,000 organizations. Who now have to do the whole ordeal to be legally operational. Because, if they follow the advice of the honourable minister, then they will cease to operate. But what they should do, if they are viable and working organizations. They would go out there tomorrow and seek documentation, follow the guidelines and work towards getting certified by the NGO Bureau.

That is it folks, but certainly many has maybe just few pieces missing. Others has more work to do. To prove and following the NGO Act of 2016. Whatever it might be, but it got to be something. Peace.

Opinion: Uhuru, wananchi are broke because of you…

“The President wondered where all the money being used to construct government projects is going. In fact, he specifically asked us the question: Why are people broke; why is it that there is no money in their pockets?” the official reported to be a parastatal head was quoted by the publication” (John Wanjohi – ‘I Don’t Understand Why Kenyans are Broke, Uhuru Says’ 12.11.2019, Mwakilishi.com).

President Uhuru Kenyatta must think people are gullible and ignorant to the facts. That they are not understanding the bigger picture nor the consequences of the actions made by the central government. Because, going around asking this sort of question, opens the door to wonder, how stupid does the President think the wananchi is?

President Kenyatta, first and foremost. It is your reign and your decisions that has made people out of pocket and broke. It is your government policies, your actions as head of state and the reactions to that. Which in the end, accumulate to the result of unemployment, poverty and the lack of cash to go-around. That is all because of you and your yes-men.

People have tried to blame Henry Rotich for this, but lets be clear. His the scapegoat. The Cabinet Secretary or the Minister, which is easy to aim at, but he has just sanctioned and followed protocol made by the President and his patronage. There is nothing else too it.

That is why with the growing corruption in the reign of Kenyatta, the added debt and the new cap or celling for debt. Just shows what it is all about. The free money of loans to shield the over spending government, which builds pipedreams and white elephants like there is no tomorrow. While wondering why people doesn’t earn coins on it. That is because, they don’t get the tender through shady companies like with the NYS Fund, neither do they get any direct benefit of the SGR. Secondly, non see the money for the maize scandals nor the sugar cartels too.

That’s why its like this, just like the crack-down betting firms, where the state banned one and opened up the gates for another one. There is no development, only more shady tricks. Just like the trade of milk and the standards put on that, which is ironic. Since the President himself is involved and owner of that. Plus all the estates, hotels and whatnot, both the President and the DP now owns. They have created empires while being in office, also ensuring the cronies get a cut too. While the state suffers a bondage and will have for generations, because this one borrowed fiscal stimuli like their was no tomorrow to begin with.

So, its better for Uhuru to not act a fool, but to actually do his job. He has been globetrotting and a vagabond as the President. Maybe time to cool down, not do PR stunts and empty pledges of the Big Four and the Building Bridges Initiative, but actually deliver something that matters. Not just empty expensive containers, which someone inside the Ministry of Health could profit from. Since, that is how the Jubilee government have operated on a large scale, with Grand Corruption in their veins and borrowing money at large too. Therefore, the lack of fiscal responsibility, nor any substance of development for the poor.

That’s why Kenyatta, that’s why you have not succeeded. You have reigned supreme since 2013, but your not leaving anything positive behind for 2021. Only more loans, bigger corruption scandals and a questionable legitimacy, as you rigged the last election and used Cambridge Analytica to massage your message to the masses. Which will not be forgotten. Peace.

Brexit: Alun Cairns MP resignation letter as Secretary of State for Wales to Prime Minister Boris Johnson (06.11.2019)

Brexit: John Manzoni letter to Meg Hiller MP Chair of PAC – Re: Public Information Campaign ‘Get Ready for Brexit’ (25.10.2019)

Brexit: Heidi Allen MP – Letter to my South Cambridgeshire constituents (29.10.2019)

Brexit: Prime Minister Boris Johnson letter to President Donald Tusk (28.10.2019)

Brexit delayed again: Groundhog Day number 3

Phil Connors: “It’s the same thing every day, Clean up your room, stand up straight, pick up your feet, take it like a man, be nice to your sister, don’t mix beer and wine ever, Oh yeah, don’t drive on the railroad tracks” (Groundhog Day, 1993).

Well, we are at it again. The United Kingdom revoked their membership on the 29th March 2017 and within a two year period plan to leave the European Union. However, the Brexit day of 29th March didn’t happen.

On March 20th 2019, the UK government asked for an extension. Since the Tories and Parliament couldn’t agree on the terms of the exit. Neither, the statutes configuring the border question in Northern Ireland. That’s why the EU accepted another extension until 30th June 2019.

Later in April, the EU and EU Council accepted that the extension could last until 31st October 2019. Which was the day set to start the transition period of leaving. But by the knowledge today. The change of Prime Minister and new government. They have been able to bottle another amended withdrawal agreement and lost more in Parliament than ever before.

Therefore, on the 28th October, the EU and the EU Council have accepted another extension to give the Tories and UK time to reconfigure things. They have now the date of 31st January 2020.

That means the UK have bottled and misused the time since 29th March 2017 and is close to three years in limbo. Where three Prime Ministers, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson have all failed the task. They have all been shambolic, in ways unbelievable to think off before this. They have lost majority parliament, they have lost one general election and pushing the referendum still. Without considering another referendum.

It is okay to elect new parliament, new MPs and a new cabinet, but not fine and dandy to check if people really want to leave. Now that the public actually knows a bit of the cost, knows the trade-offs and the loss of relevance across the British Channel. The Irish is more powerful, than the Brits. That must hurt the pride of London and silence Merry Poppins.

This is all magical, the universe doesn’t seem in sync if it is not a few headlines on Brexit. We need some more time to crunch the inevitable end of it. The Tories seems boggled and lost. If and buts will be more off and certainly, Boris might be laying in a ditch, but prefer that’s his not dead. We don’t need more hurt than the process is already is.

The government, the parliament and the EU haven’t been capable to proceed to find the remedy. The cause of the leaving became much harder, than the Brexiteers ever thought. The remainers are seeing the pain, but don’t know how to end the suffering. The EU is just looking at the UK and how torn it is.

The hardliners, the ones whose govern lost another specific date. The Brexit Day of 31st October left the building, just like the 29th March 2019 did too. The 30th June went missing too and now the new final date 31st January 2020. It is a farce, a mockery and failure from the get-go.

There is no winners here, only loosers and the biggest loser is the ones in power, who cannot succeed. The loss is the citizens and the ones who has to pay for all of this. Because, the entitlement and extravagant show is a flair without any substance. The EU and UK could have known this would cost. The Tories should known before leaving, that it would loose a lot and also pay for leaving. But they didn’t want the truth, but instead swim in lies.

Now, we are back at another groundhog day. Theresa May went through this and now Boris Johnson does too. They are showing the same buyer’s remorse, but no one want to buy their knock-off product, which they are selling. Both their Withdrawal Agreements and Withdrawal Act’s sucks. Nobody wins, and everyone lose. Who wants to bet on that? No one wants too.

It is just like the Tories, Whitehall and Downing Street No. 10 doesn’t know. Peace.

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