Now that there is a month or so away from the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Kampala. When the 500 delegates from all the Commonwealth member states are coming to the Republic of Uganda. To be part of conference and work for a week.
By all means, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its handlers see this a opportunity to spread the good news, to show the grand side of the Republic and its nation. However, why I am writing is that I fear this will be another Commonwealth scandal.
Last time was the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Kampala a few days in November 2007. Which in retrospect was a graft-party for the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Vice-President Gilbert Bukenya, also Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa. Who all were implicated in millions of dollars gone missing on tenders and spending on the CHOGM conference that year.
As we know that the same people and organizers were around. The same people running the ministries and having vital roles. We know, that the NRM and its high ranking officials might see a new opportunity to eat. Don’t be shocked if the CPC becomes a modern day CHOGM. It is 12 years apart, but the same President and his party at the helm.
I would not be shocked if the Office of the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa, Gen. Salim Selah and someone implicated in the State House would suddenly misuse allocated funds, which Keith Muhakanizi can explain nor anyone else. They will vanish in a tender, fake tent or even some VIP cars whose never gotten imported through a shell-company owned by high ranking officials. The IGG, Auditor General or Attorney General can implicate any of them, as they cannot find the paperwork, which also happen to go missing. As the state prosecutors doesn’t have enough evidence to produce a case against them. Don’t be shocked, it is just business as usual.
This is just me thinking loud. I wouldn’t be shocked or surprised if the CHOGM scandal in a new version for the CPC would happen. If it appear for us in late 2019 or in 2020 as the revision of budgets, the value of money reports and whatnot. They will reveal that some company, which happens to be in connection with high ranking officials, suddenly have vanished government funds.
Let’s wait and see. I hope I am wrong, but don’t be surprised if suddenly we have modern day version of CHOGM scandal. Don’t be amazed if the 46th CPC suddenly turned into a goldmine for the big-men at the NRM. Peace.
The grandest trick of them all is to follow the money. If you want to know where the mans heart is: find out where he spends it. That is usually the trick to solve everything. With this in mind, the recent revelations and actions of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Shows, that there is a dire rot within the African National Congress (ANC), the state capture didn’t only eat Jacob Zuma, but it has taken other people hostage too.
This time its his former friend and now President Ramaphosa. Who uses his lawyers, his technical team behind, the party organization and everyone involved to hush, to silence and stop a Public Protector Report #CH17 from Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane to be released. Since, that will hurt the President and his team. Clearly, there is something there under-seal, that the President want to hide. Just as if other Presidents like Zuma needed to hide certain reports from the public. This is not a new trick, but an old one with new theatrics.
Some people say: If you’re wealthy already and gets into a public office, you got no reason to steal. However, you go figure me out, because, the richest is the greediest and the ones that eat the most. Secondly, they are the ones that will push blood out of a stone for a profit. Therefore, the wealth gained already by the likes of Ramaphose. Doesn’t stop him from finding news ways to pocket funds and ensure his backers get favourable tenders. In addition, this has been state practice under Zuma, so Ramaphosa want to do it on the low-key.
It doesn’t save the case, neither the defence letter of the lawyers, to ask of the released mails on the report confidential, as well as asking for the report to be under-seal. This all means, that the head of state is stopping one of the mechanisms and the state own functions, when it fits him and his cronies. There is no different way to see this, because this is stopping the public, the courts and the justice to be served.
Since, the Head of State is using his fortune and his attorneys to defend the funds he got for his campaign. Whoever paid him and allocated him funds is getting suspicion, even before its unsealed, because the President hide it already. The President could have been transparent and open about this, but surely there are some relics of the state capture. Therefore, he got to make it hush-hush.
Ramaphosa doesn’t look smart, doesn’t look refreshing and if he cannot be transparent about campaign funding, what else will he hide in the future? What else will he mull to silence and stop from being released? What sort of business deals with the State Owned Enterprises have he made and who has he given tenders too?
It is easy to ask and think about, because this is modus operandi. If you scratch my back, I will scratch yours. Especially, when someone donates big-money, they expect big-returns. Unless, there is as side-dish and a few bastards kept in the shadows of power. In this regard, it is just mere infuriating facts, that a President want to keep a state report under-seal, which is a about the funds for his campaign.
A Presidnet that is using his power not for the good, but for his own wealth creation. Wants to keep the public in the dark, about the way he spent money in a limited time. Than, the question remains, what about how he spends money, all of the time? If he wants to hide this, what else is he hiding? This cannot only be it!
That is why this shows something about Ramaphosa, that he really doesn’t want to show. He shows that he is compromised and that his wealth isn’t a shield for corruption, graft and possible embezzlement. It is instead it’s a vessel for more of it. Peace.
If your believing that Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji and the Director of Criminal Investigation George Kinoti is going to finish the investigation in the Arror and Kimwarer dam scandal. As of today, the DPP launched arrests of several of high ranking officials including the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Henry Rotrich. However, I am not convinced they will see this through, because if they do. They will go to the heart of the government and these fellas don’t want to do that!
The Jubilee Government is one of the most corrupt governments in living memory, they have been feeding all sorts of cartels and rigged themselves into power. That is why the whole Press Conference now, seems like a play for the facade and not for the results. Not, that I don’t want the men and woman who are corrupt behind bars. I do, they still the public’s money and eat of the plate of all the citizens without any consequences. In this case, it seems more like all the smoke and no fire.
There is a fire initially, as there are two ghost dams and the state paid for them through a illegal tender process and payouts, which the state cannot establish where it went. Even if there is guesses of the final destination. That is still not touched and won’t be unless there is a miracle. Not like the Finance Minister and all the other parties involved worked on this silence without getting clear guidance and telling the high above about it. That would be foolish to think otherwise, that the Deputy President and President didn’t know. This was well established projects with beneficiaries and had directed overpriced structure to benefit the masterminds on the top.
Therefore, that Haji and other busy bodies, that usually tend to make a stand. Does it again, is to show some flair and tenacity in the spectrum of the world. That the War on Corruption is real and that they will not stop. However, they will stop and suddenly, evidence will vanish, affidavits will be dismissed and the Courts will not have enough to build a case or even prosecute anyone. If we have seen that before? Yes! Will it happen in this case? Most likely. Why? Because, these men is part of elite, the tribe that always win, even when they loose their able to strike a win. That is just what they do.
We can act like it isn’t like this. We can act like this is a victory against corruption. When it really isn’t, yes it has created headlines and even will make a cabinet reshuffle to take the seat of Rotrich. His just the current figure to jump on the sword for the high and mighty excellencies whose not touched or even cared for. Even if there is a big chunk of funds that has vanished from planet earth, taken out from a mysterious account and no-one can trace it. Know, that this fella will not be caught, because his untouchable. Kinoti and Haji wouldn’t face that, because then they will sacked and only get a minor commission job after a year of grace.
So, I am cynical, I don’t expect a blast. I don’t expect all this big-men to eat the charges and get into long legal trouble. Even if the DPP dropped several of counts of crimes and broken statutes, the DPP and the DCI needs to have their bases clear and also the thumbs up from the high above. Because, you cannot bring down men-of-honour without the blessing from the top. No, it has to be coordinated and the ones who is in trouble. Will maybe pay a little, but don’t expect it to scratch the surface. As they don’t want to implicate or deliver any information covering the people in the shadow or even the ones who cannot be touched. No, they will not do that, then they would be afraid of their last breath. That is just the way things are. Not beautiful, but greedy suits going into a dangerous path. Unless, the state screws it all up and looses the connecting dots. Which wouldn’t surprise anyone.
Well, so how about that UNGA then, will that CS answer for his misdeeds too or is Rotrich the only fall guy this week? Peace.
There are no short supplies in ghosts, they been roaming this earth with us earthlings for so long. But in the recent times, they are becoming more ever presence. They are turning up on front-pages, having more rumours about them than the Kardashians and they are eating more then the living.
These ghosts are in every part of lives, every part of government and can suddenly empty all sorts of state reserves. This being tenders for passport paper, for registration of siblings and even death certificates, you got to pay-off some ghosts. That is just the way things are.
These ghosts are hooking themselves up with tenders for constructions of government subsidized infrastructure projects, they are getting tenders for service agreements for any ministry or department. The money for these ghosts ends up in the Cabinet Secretaries hands or in Honourable man leading the show. However, the public will never touch these funds or see the project. They were just something beautiful on paper and promising for the place it would be built. But, that was just a hoax and mirage spread to the public.
They are ever growing these things and sometimes they even get hooked-up with funds from international and bilateral organizations to fill in the gap of funding. This being done in the pretext of supposed needed basic government functions or adjustment of public investment. This being ghost schoolbooks, ghost medicine and ghost vaccines. There are nothing that suddenly will never appear. If this being procurement papers, lack of tenders or even the existence of the companies selling the products. It will all vanish in front of our eyes. Like they never appeared in the first place.
The government might even order ghost cars, ghost roads, ghost railroads, ghost schools, ghost hospitals, ghost seedlings and ghost salaries. There are nothing that cannot be ghosted, even the most life-saving parts of government work. That supposed to save life and secure the citizens can be used as a trick to steal funds. This is just the order of the day.
There are stories from everywhere, it is not even shocking. I am just awaiting ghost toilet-paper, ghost water and ghost liquor to hit the front-pages, because they have forge some other document and ensure they are eating on others people’s dime. That is just the way things are, we are seeing it and millions, upon millions are eating every day. They smile, they grin, they campaign and kiss babies, but when they are in office; they will figure out a way to eat off our plate. That is just the way it is.
It isn’t perfect. It is just a life of ghosting, embezzling, white-collar crime and grand corruption, which we are bit to used too. It isn’t funny, this isn’t Caspar the Friendly Ghost. Neither Ghostbusters 1 or 2 or 3. No, its just our civil servants combined with elected officials taking us for ride. Peace.
Well, former President Jacob Zuma has this week been under pressure and answered to the Zondo Commission on the State Capture Case, which has been such a slow glacier going. The African National Congress, the allies of Zuma and the Gupta’s surely doesn’t like these days. But its needed to get the dirty laundry out and about.
All the running scandals has been steady piling up, onto a level of 783 counts of Corruption, together with the ones piled together for the State Capture Commission, where the former President is residing and has to answer for acts in office and before. Surely, this will implicate more of his allies, his friends, former ministers and so-on.
Zuma didn’t buy his fire-pool alone in Nkandla, neither did he buy a house, all on his own in the Middle-East, but surely he got help to siphon, embezzle and find ways to misuse the State Owned Enterprises like Eskom in his favour. We all know that by now.
President Zuma knows what he did with the Gupta’s and others, he can use the spy-games, the implications of troubled waters and whatnot. He can play like he doesn’t remember anything happening from the millennium to the present day, but he can remember what happen in 1990?
How stupid does he thinks the public, the Commission and the ANC is at this present stage?
We know there are smoke, there are most likely fire. There are enough questionable behaviour to pile up 783 count of corruption on the man. You don’t get that without amassing and misusing power to an extent that your recklessly spending and tendering public funds to implicated associates on a daily basis. The Zondo Commission, the race for intelligence and the affidavit of the accused will come. Whether, Zuma likes it or not. His time with the reign is gone.
Zuma could try to save face, but instead trying to everyone for fools. It is not a good look. It makes a mockery of the Republic, a Republic he used to run. That should be warning to what to come, as he will play more jokes and spins. Trying to make the whole thing seem pointless. Alas, that is not the case. This is to return and to get the truth. Get the real deal behind the corruption counts and get the possible securities, that the players who played with him also get to pay. Because, there was plenty of scandals, plenty of bad deals around given to friendly Gupta’s or others.
However, the man will act like it didn’t happen or he doesn’t remember. But he will remember when Mbeki kissed the wrong girl or someone else did a boo-boo. Nevertheless, his sins is forgotten in his mind. His retired and he shouldn’t have to pay, because it was his time eat. That is how it seems. Which is not fair for the Republic and neither for the rule of law. Peace.