“Corruption is first and foremost ideological. This is because the corrupt don’t know how to be prosperous sustainably. They don’t look for prosperity sustainably. They want to be rich at the expense of society. They are parasites” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (05.08.2020)
When the State House and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni launches “Expose Corruption Campaign” the man is initially exposing himself. All tides and waters goes to the shores of the State House. The deals, kickbacks and envelopes have an origin of the “high above”. There is no major corruption scandal without some touches from the head of state.
Ministers can run big schemes, Gen. Salim Selah can do whatever, businessmen can launch their businesses as long as there some sort of arrangement. That is what is happening. Everyone knows it, but the President can act like its not a big deal.
While the biggest corruption scandals has gone down without any proper litigation and arrests. This being Ministers who has made fake tenders and waste public funds. That has made roads expensive, medicine vanish and made procurement of cars into national corruption scandals. While, the Prime Ministers, Ministers and associates are all involved in it.
That is why this “expose corruption” is a farce. The President is doing this as a publicity stunt ahead of the polls and the campaign season. However, he has started numerous of organizations and entities to beat corruption. Nevertheless, there is always some shillings who disappear and goes missing.
Just think about this, he calls himself a insect and a bloodsucker too. A leach and a parasite … that is not a way you should describe fellow human beings. However, Museveni have done this plenty of times. Because, he cannot help himself.
President Museveni have used all tricks of the trade. Made dozens of laws, government institutions, but they are all pointless as they are never aiming at the big-fish. The biggest fish being himself. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) will never target itself, but blame others for it.
That is just his common tactic. He has used this trick before and this campaign will not change anything. It is a publicity stunt… and will not change a thing. Peace.
Malawi have just inaugurated and welcomed new President Lazarus Chakwera with his Tonse Alliance. The Malawi Congress Party, the party of Banda back to power. The man could walk on water in the first hours of his Presidency. Everyone was looking at the stars, the moons and pledging for a new start after years of Peter Mutharika in power.
It didn’t take many days going from heavenly praises, psalms song across the continent and sweet melodies played to serenade the masses. However, the announcement of the cabinet has backfired. The family affairs, the nepotism, the gifting of ministries and questionable appointments. It is just a familiar tale of kick-backs and grifting.
Chakwera was supposed to be different. He promised change and was supposed to be different than Mutharika. We are now seeing the same sort of affairs like the ones blamed on the previous President. The only different is that a Reverend is doing it and not one of the sons of the dynasties doing it.
With a new head of state out of the norm. There was supposed to be change. However, those who believed that, have been proved wrong and just within days. The President has appointed cronies, family members and financial backers of the campaign. It is like a ceremonial act.
Lazarus will have a hard time to say this is made by merit and the warning sign should be there. When the Attorney for the petition to challenge the previous election was offered to become the Attorney General and turned it down. That should been the red-flag of how Lazarus would act.
If he could pay-off his lawyer, the man who made the Fresh Presidential Election possible. What could he do to others?
That was proven on the 8th July 2020. Lazarus would give his blessings, he would appoint family, associates and party cronies. Not the ones most fitting for the roles, not the ones with technical abilities in the field, but some friendly faces who will not challenge his reign. That is how it seems.
This is nepotism. Plain and simple. The President cannot say otherwise. If he does, his lying and that’s not good a look reverend. To make the cabinet into a family matters, make the cabinet into stalwarts and insiders of industry to reign supreme. Only leads to speculations that Lazarus was only game for publicity stunts, but go back to the ordinary politics like usual.
Lazarus was supposed to revive, to reform, but with these appointments. You cannot anticipate much. Except that with nepotism usually comes graft. I anticipate a maize scandal, another cashgate and maybe some unexplained SUVs in the near future. Peace.
Today, Vital Kamerhe the Chief of Staff for President Felix Tshisekedi was sentenced to 20 years of forced labour, massive fines and losing his civic duties and opportunity to have a public office in the next 10 years too. This is a giant blow to him, but will also have political ramification beyond the sentencing itself.
Kamerhe (UNC) and Tshisekedi (UDPS) made an alliance before the last election (2018), this was the Cap pour le changement (CACH). This agreement was between them and their two parties l’Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social (UDPS) and l’Union pour la nation congolaise( UNC). This was a game changer.
I have no doubt that Kamerhe was corrupt and has done his dirt. Deserving like any citizen to answer for his crimes and be sentenced today. However, with his stature, role in government and as a running mate to the President. This opens up a can of worms. As he was the leader of the UNC, which is one half of the CACH. It is kind of hard to not see the issues.
Yes, the CACH made secret deals behind the closed doors with Front Commun pour le Congo (FCC). With the fall of Kamerhe, the support there is ideal for the President. But with the fall of Kamerhe his losing the balance within the government and might even get open dissent from former allies. This might be seen as a betrayal of their alliance and also coalition they made. All of that wouldn’t be shocking either, as the UNC has defended their leader is statements since his arrest.
For the UDPS directly they are in pickle. They either got to promote someone else from the UNC or they got to disband the alliance and only focus on the FCC. The FCC is Kabila and Kabila is the FCC. The FCC have never denied that and been adamant about it.
We can wonder how this will affect the relations between them all. As one of the three kingpins are behind bars. Tshisekedi and Kabila is living large, while Kamerhe is in the pen. That is the reality of this. The CACH should practically be dead and this is the funeral of it.
As the CACH are getting the merciful death by the slingshot of getting rid of Kamerhe. We can wonder how the FCC and UDPS will play this one out. Since they let this happen and it happened on their watch. Yes, Kamerhe was corrupt, but so has the whole system been. Getler and Kabila can write books on it and their shady deals behind closed doors. Therefore, we know Kamerhe is just a fitting target here.
The UDPS better consolidate and we better see the President suddenly appear again with Kabila. Like they have done in the past. Having suddenly meetings to iron out their differences. This would make sense now. Since they have no practically assaulted the UNC as one of their allies.
Tshisekedi isn’t alone in power. His still the puppet of Kabila. If he like that? Well, that is the choice he made with the secret deals behind closed doors after the 2018 election. Now that he have betrayed his coalition mate and with the sentence he got. We know this is the end of the road for Vital. Then we can wonder who will trust Felix now?
Unless, he like to be used and toyed around with. Yes, they made an example of Kamerhe. That is why the ones in office now should thread the waters carefully. If Tshisekedi can do this to Vital. Begs me to question: What could he do to you? Peace.
The Attorney General of Southern District of New York, the President Trump appointee, Geoffrey Berman was ousted, axed or sacked by the White House yesterday. The AG of SDNY is under fire for the simple reason the SDNY is investigating associates of the President. So, the President has waited for the right time to cancel that.
It is not the first time the President is obstructing justice. He has weaponized the Attorney General with William Barr. He has changed the leadership in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and in the Department of Justice (DoJ). This has always been in association with people connected to the President and their actions. It is like the President want to exonerate his people for doing illegal things, but pin the same crimes on his enemies. Just like a tin-pot dictator does.
That is why the President is now going after Berman. He has dared to challenge and look into Trump associates in New York. There been connections to the mob with the Trump Organization, there been actual gangsters living in the Trump Tower. So, its not like a forged narrative to think his associated with mobsters and people who criminally conspire for personal gains. That is a very connection to do and the massive scams made by his organization as well. Is just another step in the manner, which the President has behaved in the past and that wouldn’t change over night.
With that in mind, the idea that the President wouldn’t change an Attorney General isn’t new either. His on his third Attorney General with Barr alone. The first one, Jeff Sessions dared to recuse himself from one investigation into the Trump Campaign and their foreign associates. This displeased His Excellency and so later on he sacked him. Just like he did to plenty of others.
Just like the DoJ have used their means to make the associates of Trump get lenient sentences and career professionals with the DoJ has resigned over this. Therefore, the idea that independence of the DoJ with Trump is naive thought now. After all it has done to deplete and ensure safeguarding for the men around him. Even if they are breaching laws, corrupting the system and ensuring riches on behalf of the state reserves. That is just like an dictator does, the brotherhood Trump wants to join and be part of.
I am shocked that Trump tried to get Berman fired? No, I expect that by now. Everything that is in and around is corrupted. The way not to show or expose the corruption is to actually block it, stop it or shut it down. Trump wants it stop looking into his allies and associates. Even if they are doing illegal activity.
Only thing matters for Trump is to exonerate his men, nothing else. Others can be charged and punished. Even shoot innocent demonstrators, but if your are friend doing illegal activity you are allowed to do so. That is why his on the war-path in concern of this. He wants to ensure his men safety for their loyalty to him. That matters more than actual justice. The “Law and Order” President is far from that, his the disorder president and the Mafioso President.
He wants to be the Don so badly, that his trying to mimic Michael Corleone, but only becoming a pompous and bourgeoisie fellow who cannot even drink water properly. He wants to be bad-ass so hard, but his weak-tea. Yes, his men is acting criminal and corrupt, but that is not a sign of strength. It is all sign of weakness, because the President is doing this to get his men into safety. Also, what part of the Trump Organization or whatever else they been looking into. He wants that gone and doesn’t want it looked into.
Berman is the target for the simple reason: He aimed at king and he didn’t miss. SDNY is looking into a man who doesn’t want to be transparent, because he has everything to loose. That is why he has never released his tax-returns. His a frightened man who wants to silence the ones whose looking into him and his associates.
The fake Mafioso is here and he enjoys it with his New York Gang. He maybe have moved to Florida on paper, but his businesses and family is in New York. Peace.