“If we cannot punish old plunderers, we should stop pretending that we are out to punish the plunderers who came after them. If our people do see punishment for plunder past and present, then “plunder” would become a meaningless word added to our vocabulary” (Ruben Carranza – The Meaning of Plunder Past and Present, 2001)
Well, today was a special day, that the truth about the verdict about one court case against the family of Marcos in the Philippines. However, even if this is botched and dismissed court case because of lack of evidence. There is still plenty out there proving that this family has ill-gotten gains, has stolen and plundered. Just that they got away with it this time. That doesn’t revise nor free the legacy of the family, which became stupid-rich while being in power.
Today’s Botched Court:
“MANILA, Philippines— It might have taken more than 30 years “to prove our innocence” but Senator Imee Marcos was grateful just the same. For lack of evidence, the Sandiganbayan has junked a civil case involving an alleged Marcos ill-gotten wealth worth P1.052 billion” (Malia Ager – ‘Imee Marcos: It took over 30 years to prove our innocence’ 08.10.2019, Inquirer.net).
Imee Marcos thinks she can revise history and suddenly take away the past of her family. It is natural that someone want their relatives to get a better legacy. However, the senator here is far off. If she thinks the botched plunder case now is freeing the history of Ferdinand Marcos or Imelda Marcos self. It is just a misstep in the courts. There is plenty of other cases and also foreign evidence of the actions done by her parents.
I’ll be dropping the titbits of information from Chaikin and the SARI, whose been investigating the money laundering, the illicit transfer of funds from the Philippines to Switzerland/Lichtenstein and elsewhere. To show what the Family Marcos did in their hey-day. Also, end with the court case, where the Marcos was deemed guilty of doing so in 1993 in a similar case. Therefore, the Marcos are far from “innocent” in the manner.
Like David Chaikin reported this in 2000: “A RICO claim brought in 1989 in California in the United States sets out in some 100 pages the details of how Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos and others conspired to loot, divert and launder public assets for their personal use and benefit. The RICO claim estimated that $5 billion in ill-gotten wealth was taken by the Marcoses, their associates and accomplices. But there is other material suggesting that Marcos took even greater amounts of money” (…) “The significance of the Malacanang documents is that they established investigatory leads concerning the secret Marcos assets in Switzerland. They provided the starting point for any analysis of the size of the Marcos’s Swiss wealth. Indeed, based on the Malacanang documentation and from other sources, in April 1986 the Philippines Government asserted that the Marcoses had accumulated illicit wealth of over $5 billion dollars, and that at least $1 billion had been transferred to Swiss bank account” (David Chaikin – ‘TRACKING THE PROCEEDS OF ORGANISED CRIME – THE MARCOS CASE, March 2000).
The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative – Asset Recovery Watch updated on 20th July 2017 on the case of Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos (United States) or the ARW-63. The asset case that started in 1986 and ended in 2006. Which stated this: “According to a 2007 case study by Merceditas Gutierrez, Ombudsman of the Republic of Philippines, from 1986 to 2006, the total value of the assets recovered in the U.S. is less than $50 million. They include: (1) in New Jersey, funds in a bank account and two residences at Princeton Pike and Cherry Hill used by Marcos children (amount not given); (2) administrative settlement relating to four New York buildings (40 Wall Street, Crown Building, Herald Center, and at 200 Madison Avenue); (3) settlement agreements that led to recovery of properties such as the Olympic Tower Apartment, Pendleton Drive property, the Cedars, Summit Drive Beverly Hills, Lindenmere estate and the Makiki Heights property; (4) seizure of various jewelry, art, and other valuables; and (5) funds in Sanwa Bank and shares in California Overseas Bank and Redwood Bank” (StAR Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative – Asset Recovery Watch, 20.07.2017).
That is something from abroad, but if I go back into history in the year of 1993. This sort of case went differently: “Imelda R. Marcos was found guilty of corruption this morning and sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. The conviction came seven years after she and her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, were hounded out of the Philippines in a popular uprising. Mrs. Marcos clutched a rosary as her sentence was read in a special anti-corruption court. Outside the packed courtroom, crowds of her supporters held a vigil; opposite them, hundreds of anti-Marcos protesters cheered the former First Lady’s conviction” (New York Times – ‘MARCOS CONVICTED OF GRAFT IN MANILA’ 24.09.1993).
So, in another time, the courts would have done something else today. Still, the history of the Marcos will linger on. It will not be forgotten and the family is not vindicated like she claims. It is a reason why the previous Presidents have tried to recover funds from the plunder. That shouldn’t be forgotten in this matter.
It might been lack of evidence today, but if someone seriously wanted to follow the money. They might have gone to the other authorities that has kept things on file. Where they could have seen the accounts, the spending and even the estates in question. Still, the senator want to look innocent. Even if she knows perfectly well what happened. Peace.
“Do not be corrupt. Do not agree to take a bribe. I have never taken or accepted a bribe from anyone” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the National Prayer Breakfast (08.10.2019).
The man that has been known for having international investors at his state house before accepting the deals. The man whose accepted the Presidential Handshake as a pay-off for his civil servants. The President who was entangled together with his Foreign Minister in bribe and money laundering scheme landing the Chinese National Patrick Ho, 3 years in prison in the United States.
Suddenly, his a blessed man, whose never been bribed or accepted bribes. I have a hard time believing that. As all micro-managed infrastructure deals, all sorts of agreements are done with him in the picture. He decides if a developer, if a contractor gets their way. The President is connected and somewhere will get a kick-back. To think otherwise is naive.
That President Museveni thinks people are this stupid in the year of 2019. Is very special, it is unique and deliberate lying. A commandment that isn’t important to him, neither is the one about thieving either. Both of them has been done steady in years in office.
Maybe, the NRM and the President should look into their own cadres, should look into the High Command and the National Executive Committee. To see whose is who. This man cannot consider being serious or meaning the words coming out his mouth. Before looking at how he came out of poverty in the bush-war to be one of the richest on the continent three decades later. This being done, while having a don-ditto salary as President, but still eating more than plenty ministries every budget year.
Well, to say it easy this is non-sense. Wonderful and colourful words, which is common-sense. However, his actions over the years combined with the open knowledge. Make it sounds like the wrong person said it. That is it.
Mr. President maybe not accept handshakes, inside-deals and whatnot on your clock. Because, we know they do. Peace.
“The people cannot make its demands heard, especially in the quartiers populaires. Even if there is a vote held today, those who are in control of the system will once again cheat and make whoever serves their interests the winner, to rob and pillage the country and leave the people in poverty.”– Wilner Villefranche, 69 years old, voting during the final round of elections on January 29, 2017
Well, its about that time, another President and another Republic, where the public is chanting in the streets and starting a revolution. Because, they are tired of being pawns on the big-men’s game. They want to be seen, have a government that actually care and actually governs.
In our time, there several types of rulers, Jovenel Moise is a special kind of ruler. The one whose elected with no legitimacy. The whole election had about 20% voter turnout and out that 20% he got barely enough to have 55%.
In combination that his the successor Michel Martelly hand-picked him and even used state funds to boast his agricultural business. Even granting development projects and infrastructure projects to fit the Agritrans SA. But there is little that has happen with these funds.
Since there is a fuel crisis and lack of fuel on the Island. The Republic is hit by this after stifling economic partners and imports from Venezuela. Which happens to be friends with previous president Martelly. Therefore, a lot of trouble is created, because of the choices of the President.
A president that had plans to generate more income himself by setting-up shell-companies to indulge money from the energy market. There is surely more behind closed doors, but who knows.
As well, as the United States backed President will not indulge the public, but not that he really needed it. Because, he won an election backed by Core Group of Ambassador and the Americans. If these people doesn’t get their man, they will ask the “Independent Electoral Commission” to re-issue an election, like they did in 2010.
The President should also get answers and relief for the public for all the ones hurt during demonstrations, all the arrested and so-on. Not to forget La Saline Massacre in November 2018, which there has no investigation, no commission and nothing done about. Just water under the bridge, as the citizens life doesn’t matter to this President and his administration.
Therefore, the issues of lack of proper governing, the lack of stopping embezzlement, corruption and so-on. Comes with having a man, who was corrupted by the one picking him. By also getting help to get elected by now drug-lord Guy Phillipe, who was helpful for the Republic in the past, but now is hustler who uses all tricks to get paid. If not, the DEA and US Courts wouldn’t sentence you to years in prison for your actions.
The Haitian elites are eating, while the international community verifies the elections and the charade continues. That is why the people of the republic is in the streets. As the Republic is getting poorer. The US and UN agencies are coming with development projects, but nothing gets developed. Only more eating of the elites and lack of transparent actions.
This administration is just busy switching heads in the Cabinet and whose the lucky one next to be the Prime Minister, as the President are awaiting his fourth PM since the inception of his Presidency.
The Haitians are going in circles and being played by outsiders, and insiders who wants to be used. Because, they can earn fortunes while the public are living in poverty. Peace.
“In the days when hyenas of hate suckle the babes of men, and jackals of hypocrisy pimp their mothers’ broken hearts, may children not look to demons of ignorance for hope.”– Aberjhani
This was anticipated with the sort of figure that the President is. The way the Trump Organization has done its business and operated. They would embed itself with the state and earn on the Presidency. It is not complicated, but they are using twists and turns to earn profits on the time in the oval office.
If it is Jared Kushner, the White House advisor and Middle East ninja, whose has bought himself expensive buildings and needs refinancing, whose gotten Middle Eastern finance for favourable foreign policy.
The same is the buy-off’s of Chinese Trademarks for Ivanka Trump and the rest of the Trump Organization. This being done, as the American government is putting more tariffs, but their business there is booming.
To top it off, the President is getting foreign dignitaries to spend time at his leased state building, renovated to hotel in Washington D.C. or at the other golfing estates. As he has meetings with the Japanese Prime Minister or anyone else. It is also all the weekends travelling to the estates, staying over and golfing there. While the state pays for the President, Secret Service and other government officials who stays at these plays. All of this is monies in the pocket of the President.
His spending time and using so many days at his estates, if it is Miami or elsewhere. As he spends the weekends and is not in office. All of the money spent on travelling and people residing there to secure the head of state. This is blatant misuse of power and reckless spending.
To top this off is the Trump Turnberry in Scotland, where the President has a special agreement between the local airport, Department of Defence and his estate. Which the DoD air-planes flies off to this place to refuel, which is far out of the map and ordinary scheduled air-time. Where it overstay’s and let the personnel overnight plenty of miles away. This is a scheme to fill the pockeets of President and his company.
Yet another trick of the trade. The millions upon millions of dollars spent on properties and estates, in the mercy of budget deficit and possible recession. A President blessing misspending and corrupt behaviour, where paying his hotels, his limited produced products and you will get a feast at the oval office.
President Trump does this, because the corrupt behaviour has no consequence. Not like the Senate going to bother. Not like the Courts cannot be stalled and he can misuse the “executive privilege” like a psycho. Because, that what he does and that is why no subpoena is followed, but awaiting judgement in some court in the United States.
This is why the United States is a Banana Republic, which the President can misuse his power without sanctions. Where he can enrich himself and the codes of laws doesn’t matter. The GOP is loyal lapdogs, who wouldn’t care about 100x Tin-Pot Dome scandals in our time. If Exxon or Chevron paid Trump to drill oil in Alaska. It would be cool, nobody would give a flying fuck. The President is allowed too.
If you have a dollar, remember to drip a few cents on the President. Than, he will open up doors, ensure laws are made to fix your issues and make it easier for you to operate. So, go to Trump Hotels, buy Trump products and finally connect with the White House. Then you’ll have it easy to set-up business in the US. Peace.
When Ofwono Opondo today said the Parliament bought 80 cars for the upcoming 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC). I could help to recall the previous similar event at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2007. As with that time the sudden need for buying car for a short time period comes up.
Not only the reckless spending on visitors coming for a conference, but also the lack of tenders and procurement protocol. Just like last time, when the CHOGM taskforce just enforced a bid through a company owned by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kuteesa. Who knows what happen this time around. Who owns the company that was procured from and by what protocol was it made?
Because, now the amount of cars is much more. We can wonder if they will be is idle and left behind, as the 30 BMWs left at the Ministry of Works and Transport post 2007. As the CHOGM cars was already not the newest model, but a two year old. Whose tender was questionable at best. Even the President questioned it in a letter back-in-the-day.
Therefore, when the Press Conference today, says the “Parliament” aka the state bought 80 cars or vans for the event. So, let it be clear, the Value for Money is peanuts and the usage minimal. The state would have been better off, renting all rentals and not buying. Which means they have to find ways of using them. Unless, they plan to store them of site at MoTW.
Surely, the VIPs could have used the old ones and leased cars. They don’t newly minted cars fresh from the factory or unused even. They surely just want to arrive and on-time to the conference itself. But, the government want to splash out money like no tomorrow.
We remember the procurement scandal surrounding the CHOGM. The state should be more careful with their ways of buying these cars. There is no proof of value of money, neither the way the tenders nor the budget was for it. Lastly, not plan for usage or whose need for these post-CPC.
That seems like a mismatch of work and also questionable spending at best. When the same government has done the same stunt a decade ago. It should be obvious, that they could have the capacity to do this again.
So, be warned… it is a scandal in the making, unless Ofwono knows something we doesn’t as it is not like the documents, the proof and purchase methods are proven at this point. Unless, a Parliamentary PAC is looking into it or the Auditor General looks through the paperwork. Which we only will know in the next budget year or something. Peace.
Yesterday, I dropped two pieces on this. Today it will be continuation and repetition. Since some of the facts remains the same, but it will more flesh to the bone. Because, the piece on the land grabbing of ex-President Yayah Jammeh of Gambia was from the White Paper yesterday. The volume 9 has more detail. Therefore, even if this will be brief and short in one way. Because, all the heists and all the siphoning of monies are grand schemes in itself. Which shows that the President misused his authority and his place in the state to eat and grab funds. That he wasn’t entitle too.
The ex-President with all his various schemes and tricks of his trade, while in office, makes him liable to repay the state back with the amounts of 1,065,012,512.17 GMB, $267,348,358.89, €29,475,269.00, £2,250,000.00 and finally 618,400.00 CFA. All of this monies was taken by the ex-President.
Like for instances the ex-President set up a lot illegal businesses in his time. List consist of Kanilai Family Farms (KFF) Kanilai Group International (KGI), Unique Transport Systems Company Ltd. (UTSCO), Sindola Safari Lodge (Sindola), Mineral Company of the Gambia Ltd, Westwood Gambia Ltd. (Westwood), Westport Logistics, Green Industries, Observer Company, Alhamdulillah Petroleum and Mineral Company (APAM). All of these companies grabbed land, used public accounts to run them and so fourth. They were all illegally set up and some even spent international grants given to The Gambia. This was the way the President operated.
Also, the Ex-President used his charities to siphon funds, he used government grants from Exim Bank (ROC), Japanese Grants, Nigeria Budget Support and others, which was supposed to go to development projects, but instead money went unaccounted for and went missing. He spent it and withdraw cash from the accounts, either himself or with help from loyal associates.
To continue with his illegal enterprises, the ex-President also took funds from State Owned Enterprises, these consisted of Gambia National Petroleum Company (GNPC), Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC), Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), Kanalai Culture Centre (KCC), Youth Development Enterprises Limited (YDE), Gambia Ferry Services Company (GFSC) and GAMTEL/GAMCEL. All of these state owned companies was used, taken monies from and embezzled at one point to the advantage of the President.
As the schemes goes along, the land grabbing needs to addressed. The ex-President took 19 TDA lands from the public. 114 free allocations of public lands in his disposal. That was in total a hundred and 139 land titles, which consist of 10 islands and 26 Wildlife Parks and Reserves.
This shows how he misused his power, taken vast amount of sums. This only what he did and not what his associates and family members did as well. Because, that would be to overwhelming for one small article. Still, this shows what sort of megalomania the ex-President did in his time from 1994 to 2017. As he spent time getting more and more funds, instead of governing.
Yayah Jammeh was busy finding new ways of earning profits, building businesses and taken the state for granted. Embezzling, siphoning and grand theft. This was his heist, a business model that he continued to work-on until his final day in office.
The ex-President wasn’t a bank-robber, but he emptied the accounts and the state machinery blessed him with it. He was the Head of State and no one questioned him. Until now, its two years since he was in office and now his sins is put into system. We see how man took it all and got away with it.
Let’s see if he repays the state, while in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Peace.
There will come one day, when every dictator and tyrants acts comes into steady reports and reveals their actions. Today is one of those days. We are not seeing how the threaten and assaulted freedom, liberty and justice in Gambia. We are instead seeing how the previous head of state misused his power, how he earned money on his time in office and how he opened certain accounts to earn funds.
Here is just a snippet of the Volume 9 of the Janneh Report. What scope I am looking at is just what his directly taken from PUBLIC ACCOUNTS and nothing else. This is the money he took from public accounts and spent on himself. Nothing else. So consider this as one way of thieving.
Which is stating a lot of facts by just saying that. It is showing what he did and to what extent. This is briefly stated to show it. I am only mentioning Jammeh, even if he got help form the rest of his ministers and secretary generals. Therefore, there are plenty more who has to repay the state for their ill gotten gains. But I am just focusing on the head of state, the one in-charge and how he misused public accounts. Just look!
In 1995, the government took out $35m loan from China Exim Bank. At this very moment, the President associated diverted funds and also took out direct cash-deposits. But the state hasn’t repaid on the debt during the tenure of the President. To top it off, $27,732,000 is not accounted for. Therefore, because of interests and need for back-pay, the ex-president is liable for $35,556,442.42.
In 1999, the former President opened up an foundation account at the Trust Bank Limited. Where he was given bribe of $2,555m and illegal authorized payments of $3,013,615.47. Which is both funds the state want have returned.
In 2007, the President diversified and misused profits made by selling shares in the state owned enterprise GAMTEL/GAMCEL. The President took $7,948,025.73 to buy 31 buses to start his own bus-company and other projects he had.
Another in 2007, Taiwan (Embassy of ROC) gave funds for treatment of asthma, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. This was a grant estimated to be used between 2007 and 2011. However, the President diverted the funds, which amounted to $8.3 Million.
In 2011, the former President and his associates stole a public grant from the Kingdom of Qatar in toal €3,999,893, which his now liable for.
In 2012, the former President and his associates opened up an National Security Project Account, which got direct funds from Gambia National Petroleum Company. Where the Ex-President diverted the funds to various projects at the time. This amounted to $1,056,841.77, which he is liable for.
In 2015, the President set up a scheme with the Minister of Petroleum and the withdraw funds from a petroleum account. Which was illegal and therefore them both a liable to the funds of $3,768,448.
Another theft was the Vision 2016 Account, where the source of funds was through the MGI Telecom AG and the International Telecommunications Gateway. Where the President and associates illegal open an account and is now liable for $18,016,434.80.
Total funds which the ex-president is liable for is $84,156,492.64, €4,609,893 and GMD516,925,313.17.
Just think about it, he did to a poor state, with bad service and lack of proper institutions. He was eating of the plate of everyone and taking bribes, taking direct state funds and spending fortunes of the gains done by state owned enterprises. This was all done with the help of ministers and their closest associates, who also got a cut. This was a Grand Heist and Jammeh enjoyed the lavish life on the expense of The Gambia. When I look through more tomorrow. The signs of how he operates will appear. This is just second piece, which really shows a lot already. Peace.