Sri Lanka: Bar Association of Sri Lanka – Statement of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka on the fuel shortage and its impact on the people (27.06.2022)

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The Rise of the Cassava Republic: The MPs will eat, but not help the general public…

The speaker Among and the members of the parliamentary commission reportedly resolved a salary hike by at least 30% effective the coming financial year of 2022-23. Among argues that the inflation levels are affecting the performance of the lawmakers” (Emmanuel Busingye – ‘Mixed reactions over Among proposal to hike MPs salary’ 02.06.2022, Ekyooto.co.uk).

What is really striking is that the Members of Parliament has issued a possible pay-rise of a total of 193 billion shillings shared among the 555 MPs. If those billions of shillings are shared equally between the MPs than each of them would get an additional 347 million shillings each. That is happening while the rising inflation and commodity prices are hard for people to handle.

The public are not getting any direct incentive or help with the basic commodity prices. The President has told people to eat cassava and live within their means. While the MPs are collecting more money and they have already huge wages. The MPs has free vehicles, salaries, paid per plenary session and whatnot. Therefore, they have already more than plenty and not lacking in anything.

While others has to contemplate to buy soaps, cooking oil or petrol. There are so many other things that is hit by inflation and rising prices, which affects the households. The livelihoods and salaries of the ordinary worker isn’t being stipulated. Neither is the state doing anything in concern to targeted taxes, levies or ensuring the population can afford it.

So, now that this is happening, the lawmakers and the ones who can help the population with it’s needs. Are more concerned about their added expenses, but they already earn millions of shillings and live large on the public expenditure. The public are not even getting cents on a dollar or any sort of push in the hardships they are facing.

The President told people to eat cassava and skip bread. That just shows what sort of mechanism and lack of concern that is on the top. The elite and the MPs are not feeling it or are unbothered. They don’t care if they are vouching for money and topping off more expenditure. The State House has already additional supplementary funds and now the same is scheduled for the MPs. They are all living outside their means and has vast pockets filled by the state coffers.

The public is really being played around with and only of value in a election. The rest of the time the state doesn’t pay them no mind. If civil servants or people paid by state coffers like health care workers strikes… the MPs and Ministers speaks of mass-firing and axe their jobs. That’s because the workers cannot even pay electrics or the pay to get to work with their salaries. While the same folks in chambers of power has no scruples giving millions of shilling in addition to their bountiful payments, which they will have for years. Therefore, the double standard and hypocrisy is out in the open.

The MPs are worried about the rising prices and lack of value for money. While the Ministries and MPs are not covering the health care workers, teachers or local government civil servants. No, they have to make it on the own. These have to live on measly salaries and hope to get by. Meanwhile convoys of big-men and MPs are driving in SUVs through town. They are acting as big-shots and of vast importance, but they are not doing anything substantial. Because, if they did anything that did matter. They would look after the poor, the starving and the ones who cannot afford a bar of soap. However, they are disinterested in doing that and would only give away a bar of soap if there is a by-election or something.

So, the MPs doesn’t care and clearly Besigye’s “Wake-Up Call” is needed. Because, the gentlemen and ladies of the Parliament won’t bat an eyelid. They don’t care and neither does the State House. That is the revolution that Museveni brought, which was “our time to eat”. Peace.

A brief look into the Sue Gray Report

The final release of the Sue Gray Report was today on the 25th May 2022. This is the finalization of the Parte-after-Parte gatherings at the Downing Street 10 & 11 during the lockdowns in the United Kingdom. It is detrimental to break it down. Since this is showing how reckless and ruthless the Prime Minister and his associates was in this time. This report just shows how far and what the people in and around the Prime Minister was doing. The Prime Minister is responsible for this and as a Head of State should set an example, instead he has showed what not to do.

Everyone who followed the strict regulations and stories of saving your neighbour. Should be shocked, furious and be inflamed about this report. You don’t even need the details of every event. Just the insights of the context and the actions made. This was done under the roof of the Prime Minister, the man who enforced and was the face of the government, which was setting the rules on the population. He should be first one to follow the rules and lead from the front. Instead, his office and his home became partly party-station in the middle of the strict lockdown rules.

Just read these quotes here…

126 FPNs:

As I said in my 31 January update it was not for me to make a judgment on whether the criminal law had been broken: that is properly a matter for law enforcement bodies. Further to that on 19 May 2022 the Metropolitan Police announced that they had concluded their investigation. They confirmed that they had made 126 referrals for Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to the ACRO Criminal Records Office for breaches of Covid-19 regulations in relation to events on the following eight dates:

  • 20 May 2020
  • 18 June 2020
  • 19 June 2020
  • 13 November 2020
  • 17 December 2020
  • 18 December 2020
  • 14 January 2021
  • 16 April 2021” (Sue Gray report, May 2022).

The COVID-19 Lockdown legislation:

From 26 March 2020 the law in England required everyone to remain in their homes unless certain, very limited, exemptions applied. Restrictions were temporarily eased over the summer period in 2020 until most remaining national restrictions were removed on 4 July 2020. Restrictions were then reintroduced in gradations in the autumn culminating in the UK Government announcing from 5 November 2020 restrictions on movements and gatherings in England, essentially requiring people to stay at home. Restrictions on gatherings of two or more people applied in London through December 2020 and the first months of 2021. Indoor mixing of two or more households was not permitted again until 17 May 2021” (Sue Gray Report, May 2022).

Harsh words for the gatherings:

At times it seems there was too little thought given to what was happening across the country in considering the appropriateness of some of these gatherings, the risks they presented to public health and how they might appear to the public. There were failures of leadership and judgment by different parts of No 10 and the Cabinet Office at different times. Some of the events should not have been allowed to take place. Other events should not have been allowed to develop as they did” (Sue Gray Report, May 2022).

The usage of Downing Street 10 and 11:

The use of the garden at No 10 Downing Street should be primarily for the Prime Minister and the private residents of No 10 and No 11 Downing Street. During the pandemic it was often used as an extension of the workplace as a more covid secure means of holding group meetings in a ventilated space. This was a sensible measure that staff appreciated, but the garden was also used for gatherings without clear authorisation or oversight. This was not appropriate. Any official access to the space, including for meetings, should be by invitation only and in a controlled environment” (Sue Gray Report, May 2022).

This should be the finished of any man who is supposed to be noble. Prime Minister Johnson should answer for this properly. Not just try to deflect and pin it on civil servants within the Office the Prime Minister or Downing Street Number 10.

Sue Gray Report is a damning report and the PM cannot hide now. It is just showing how insincere and how willing the PM is to lie. As he has stated that the didn’t break rules or laws during the lockdowns. However, the report shows that he did.

PM cannot lean on the payment of some fines and go to sleep. This should be the scandal that ends his reign. As he disrespected his office, codes of conduct and also lost his credibility (if he had any in the first place). Boris Johnson should consider his role and position. I know he never will, because he takes no accountability for his actions. This is no different and he doesn’t carry the weight of his actions here either.

The Sue Gray should be his end, but don’t expect it. The Tories will excuse the Ukraine war to cover for him. Because, the PM has to handle that crisis and serve for that now. Since no one else could do that or be in dialogue with Kyiv. A liar, drunkard and inept PM shouldn’t be kept just because there is war in Europe. No, he should answer and fall for his actions. There is to many people who was touched and lost their loved ones during this global pandemic. The Tories blocked people from going to funerals, weddings and visit their elderly in the nursing homes. While the PM and his associates was parting like no tomorrow.

The Prime Minister should do the right thing, but that’s not something he knows about. He rather lie and cheat… instead of doing the what is proper. Peace.

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Northern Ireland: Social Democrats and Labour Party (SDLP) letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson (03.02.2022)

Northern Ireland: First Minister Paul Givan resignation letter (03.02.2022)

Malawi: The Episcopal Conference of Malawi – Statement of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) – A Call for Relentless Fight Against Corruption (19.01.2022)

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Zimbabwe: The government is failing to pay for it’s own water bill to ZINAWA

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) has disconnected water supplies to Gokwe over a ZWL$45 million debt owed by government departments, parastatals and residents. Of the $45 million, $7 million was owed by government departments and parastatals” (263Chat.com, 02.12.2021).

It is just days ago since in the Gokwe area that the Republic supported building new boreholes and such for the Solar Plants and the industrialization there. While at the Politburo on 1st December 2021 President Emmerson Mnangagwa said: “I had the honour to officially open the Presidential Climate Proofed Pfvumvudza /lntwasa Programme in Gokwe North District, which has now been expanded to cover the production of cotton”.

The Gokwe area is clearly having a water problems for both industries and the citizens as well. That is why the Gokwe Town Council is building boreholes. Still, the state is defaulting on this and not able to run it’s bills. As the Midlands area is now without water in its tap. This is bills that is running on government accounts and supposed to be paid by government entities.

Everyone is losing access to water by default, because the government cannot handle their own bills. That is tragic, but the reality. While the Town Council of Gokwe have another budget and accounts. The whole Republic and all parts of government should be able to cover the debts. This is tragic way of governing and the citizens are losing water access, because of lenient government officers who doesn’t act upon the need.

Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) isn’t doing what is needed for the citizens. They are not covering the bills to it’s own entities to pay another government entity. So, because of all these government entities isn’t paying their bills. The third party is losing access. That is what is tragic here and the general public needs water. Not only in a pandemic, where everyone is supposed to wash their hands and keep each other clean. However, that is something that is needed in general and part of all parts of consumption. Therefore, this is making life harder for civilians in Gokwe.

The central government in Harare should fix this, but don’t expect to much. They will make a long process and this will take time. Since, this isn’t hurting themselves that hard. If there was a big-man or someone of prominence in the area. Things might would have change quicker. Nevertheless, not expect that.

Just imagine that… the government cannot even cover the water bills on time. Peace.

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