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Opinion: It was Sonko’s turn, apparently…

Arresting Nairobi City County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko will not solve anything. Neither will it change the ways this are done. Governor Sonko has just followed the footsteps of the previous governors and County Officials. Not it’s righteous or make it right to steal from the public coffers, but that is ingrained in the system. There was no significant change from Evans Kidero or anyone else before him.

The Presser of DPP Noordin Haji and his arrest order of Sonko will not do a big whoop in Nairobi. Than, the whole political elite and all the stakeholders has to change overnight. As they are working as business as usual. Yes, Sonko is a thief, his comrades is involved and his misused power. Nevertheless, in Nairobi, who hasn’t and who of the political elite isn’t benefitting at this current moment?

It is not like the slum-dwellers nor the citizens outside the posh areas feels significant changes from who reside as the Governor. It is just another head and another big-man, who has his time to eat. That isn’t inspiring nor justification for what Sonko did, but he does what everyone before him has done too in this role. Land grabbing, putting associates on County Boards and appointing friends as county officials. That is just what they do.

Before he got elected, he had already been convicted and a run-away prisoner too. So, he knows the rule of law and know what it entails to break it. He has served a stint behind bars and that’s not new to him.

If his corrupt, than his just as blimy and outrageous as plenty of the government officials and the ones running the Jubilee government. Not like the Jubilee have gone long and far between corruption scandals, neither the mere scope and the amounts of grand corruption too.

Therefore, Sonko has to answer for his misdeeds, unless they are baseless and taken out proportions. Some even claim this is the sins of the previous administration and Sonko trying to clear the bill. But that is up for his legal aid to defend the man.

Sonko’s time was up and suddenly he had to appear. Somehow, it isn’t far from being a high ranking official to be answering in courts. Even Cabinet Secretaries has gone from High Ranking Officials to felons overnight. Therefore, that Sonko does it now isn’t that special.

His just one con down, more to go. Wouldn’t be shocked if he got caught slipping and had cases against him with viable evidence. However, that is up to the courts of if the DPP has his paper-trail in order. It wouldn’t be shocking if Sonko got caught doing some illegal bidding and some tenders out of whack. That just meant he was the perfect target at this very moment.

Since the DPP and other agencies has targeted less friendly faces and ensured they have a bad day. Like Hassan Joho of Mombasa has already been under fire for other reasons. Therefore, that Sonko is in trouble today isn’t a sudden new trick of the sleeve. More another play and to show that someone gets charged for corruption.

If this plays out well and not a PR stunt, than the DPP and EACC has done their best. If he just get free and the case is dismissed. Than it was just a play for the façade and hoping that no one notice the charade. However, that is to early to know.

Nevertheless, when you elect a crook and a thief, don’t expect him to not steal. He will not turn into a preacher man and a saint, when he has already been charged with it in the past. That should be public knowledge and common sense, but apparently is not. Peace.

Nairobi City County: Office of the Governor – Press Statement over DPP’s Arrest Order (06.12.2019)

Kenya: office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Statement on Allegations of Corruption in Nairobi County Government (06.12.2019)

South Sudan: Office of the President – Press Statement (05.12.2019)

Besigye was not allowed to walk…

Well, the Police Force who besieged his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District. He was able to surpass it and get into his car, as he drove towards his office at Katonga Road. Dr. Kizza Besigye were intercepted and towed his car first to Naggalama Police Station, before returning him to his home. It was a few hours of stress, ruckus and lot of nonsense.

As elsewhere, there was all festivities, as the President and his convoy walked across the CBD to Kololo. Surely, the walk from the offices of Besigye to Constitutional Square would have gone well, but the authorities doesn’t want to have two conflicting marches nor have anyone stealing the spotlight from the Head of State.

The Police Force claims they wasn’t informed, but the Peoples’ Government had put out an statement about it and their planned route on the 29th November 2019. Much earlier, than the State House and Police Force itself informed the public about their route through the CBD.

Therefore, this was a hit, a planned hit and to think otherwise is naïve at this point.

Some simple reports on the matters:

“Police has surrounded the home of Rtd Col Kiiza Besigye after he announced to lead a parallel Anti-Corruption Walk from Katonga Road to the Constitutional Square. This will be after President Museveni leads the public in the anti-corruption walk today” (Capital FM Uganda, 04.12.2019).

“Police have stopped a planned parallel anti-corruption walk by former Forum for Democratic Change President Dr Kizza Besigye today. Besigye’s team were planning a walk similar to that of State House Anti-Corruption Unit where the chief walker is President Museveni” (97.8 Kazo FM Omushomesa, 04.12.2019).

That’s why Besigye wasn’t allowed to walk. The authorities shut it down. They stopped this from happening and did it willingly. There was no efforts spared from stopping it from happening. The man who had no other alternative motives, than actually battle the corruption. Not do another PR Stunt, like the Chief Walker.

Let’s be serious for a little moment. This is the proof of the charade. There is no interest combatting the corruption in the Republic, neither the impunity and lack of rule of law. When, a man like Besigye without forewarning is arrested in his home and besieged by Anti-Riot Police… That is just the mere reality and that doesn’t do any good. Still, this is the proof of what the authorities to its citizens.

This is not new and not the last time Besigye will be arrested, nor house-arrested or anything else. Every time he tries to cause a stir, he gets violated by the state. There is nothing else that will happen. This is common thread in the Republic and his the first victim of this. Peace.

Opinion: Parasites and lies, a walk against himself…

“I have never stolen anything from anybody. And I am also not a poor man”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the Walk Against Corruption on the 4th December 2019

Today, was the official walk against Corruption in Kampala, as the President, the Anti-Corruption Unit at the State House and all other governing parties involved muster up a decent crowd of paid participants, staff and whatnot, security guards and whoever they could find. To walk a distance in the midst of Kampala.

At one point, the guards and security told pieces of the march to slow down, because it couldn’t walk faster than the President. Even as he went to Kololo, he still went at a rate, that was to slow too many. This walk will not change anything. It is a PR Stunt, which will not gain anything fruitful. It is more public wastage in order of looking sincere, which it is not and will never, be.

“It is a moral problem because you make yourself a parasite. Corrupt people are parasites because they get wealth which they did not earn, because they think that God does not see the bad things they do. In the last 60 years, I have been watching and I have not seen these corrupt people being successful sustainably”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the Walk Against Corruption on the 4th December 2019

With this in mind, the President is truthfully telling the world that his rich. His vastly rich, Ritchie Rich, rich actually. However, the President doesn’t tell how he got there. It was not like he had wealth and assets going into the role of the Presidency. Not like he had estates, businesses and ranches going in. No, he was an impoverished former Minister, who had gotten grants by mercy of Nyerere and who was hired by Obote II. That is who he was until 1986. Therefore, his wealth has come with power and with incentives given to him over time, also boosting his accounts and also his cronies.

Secondly, if it is a moral problem, then its engraved into this administration. If corrupt people are insects and parasites, there is surely a lot of them in his cabinet, in his offices and around his closest associates. Himself is a parasite then. Because, he haven’t gained wealth on innovation, marketing or basic business models, but by being in-office and getting bargain by kickbacks and inside deals.

Last, but not last. We can say you Mr. President has been successful, gaining more and more power, more and more money and depleting the state, little by little. To a point, where nothing isn’t up for grabs, where secret deals inside the State House decides, if they are staying or going. The Presidential Handshakes and whatnot is the ones crediting to you. That is why walking today is obnoxious and outrageous. Only naïve and dumbfounded people believes this PR Stunt.

The man cannot fight himself. He will not tarnish his own creation and destroy what he keeps him there. Therefore, this is charade, packed as a rally and a march against something. But in the end, it will only further show the rot, the plight and the suffering the actions made by this cause. Peace.

Follow the Code: A secret walk against corruption

On 4th December, 2019, H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda will lead the walk code named Anti- corruption walk. The walk is aimed at intensifying the fight against corruption. The walk will start from Constitutional Square to Kololo and a number of people are expected to participate in this walk” (Uganda Police Force – ‘TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR ANTI-CORRUPTION WALK ON 4/12/2019’ 03.12.2019).

Merriam Webster states that a code name means: “a designation having a coded and usually secret meaning” (“Code name.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/code%20name). With this in mind, I never believed that His Excellency or the President is serious about this.

This is the President whose have had issues with demonstrations, protests and rebellion. Therefore, his not the man whose walking against anything. He was a rebel at one point, but that was for his own cause. That is why his stayed in power since 1986 and never left.

With that in mind, the man whose known for having someone close to his office or cabinet connected in some corruption every single year. It is seemingly happening, there are like those proverbs in the papers saying: “Missing Funds”, “Unaccounted Donor Grants”, “Fake Corporations/Products”, “Ghost Employees” and so-on. Even knowledge of kickbacks, secret agreements between the President and Foreign Investors. That is just happens on the regular.

That’s why the President has created dozens of agencies supposed to have the ability to monitor the state organizations, businesses and tenders. This being the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Office of the Auditor General (OAG), Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority(PPDA), Anti-Corruption Unit – State House or even the Financial Intelligence Agency (FIA). All of these are supposed to combat the ill called corruption. Still, these are not able to do so, neither are the Judiciary nor the Law Enforcement they are working in tandem with.

That is why the walk is even more ridiculous, as if it’s not the man whose the V.I.P or the Fountain of Honour, whose often involved or accepts the corruption. That being some road-scandal, illegal tender nor the Presidential Handshake. Neither some procurement for some government agency played around with to ensure someone got greased.

So, this walk against corruption. The man whose behind the grand-corruption and his party is usually connected directly in these operations. That is why tomorrows walk is walking against itself. This is like the man who makes everyone sick, suddenly will drop the cure. The man who drops bombs over a nation, suddenly calls and walks for peace. It doesn’t work. That isn’t real!

Unless, the old man with the hat starts to shadow boxing himself, knock himself out and suddenly understand that his the problem. Not that it will happen. This is a PR stunt and nothing else. The NRM MPs, the ones who wants to show loyalty will show up. But everyone knows the state who does this on the regular. Will not stop doing it. That is why Total had secret talks in the State House with the President just this week.

We cannot expect anyone than the small-fry gets charged and taken into custody. The ones who are the big-fish will not touched, unless they have fallen out with Jajja. Peace.

About Time: A look into the Building Bridges Initative Report

What we are reading today is the results of the illegitimate elections of 2017. The Fresh Presidential Elections, the 26th October 2017, the ones where two dynasties didn’t get together in a free and fair elections. After the first elections of 2017 was on the 8th August 2017, which was happily dismissed and the IEBC had to make new elections in the same year. This was because, the verification of results and ballots was fraudulent. Not that the elections of October 2017 was any better, but the parties didn’t go all through it. Because, Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta had an handshake on the March 9th 2018.

So, today’s report is about this and the arrangement between the dynasties of Kenyatta and Odinga. They might have made it into a Taskforce, where they are Building Bridges to Unity or Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). This is an initiative made between them and not a direct public inquiry nor one made by the public for the public. This is the political elite finding new steps and statutes to settle grievances between themselves.

I will take some snippets from the 156 pages long report, but will not digress too much into it. As this is made for the parties and their own private interests. This is not for betterment of the Republic, but more for securing the facilitation of the current status quo and the leadership itself. To think otherwise, than the Fresh Presidential Elections of 2017 would have ended differently, just like the August polls did, earlier in the year. That is if this was free and fair, as it was forged results fitting one man and his elite.

Kenyans have God-given rights that must now stand alongside a Kenyan Charter of Citizen Responsibilities that is inspired by the National Anthem and the National Values, and includes a Patriot’s Pledge to the Nation and the Constitution of Kenya (for schools, workplaces, and official national and public events)” (BBI Report, November 2019).

As a Christian is a nice ideal to involve the faith in this manner, but still for a Republic and a pluralistic society and government, the BBI and the government itself should focus on the rule of law, constitutionalism and this to ensure the respect of laws for the citizens. What they are putting first is the faith and GOD, not what what should be put first from a governing perspective. Unless, the government is a church and a place of faith.

Prime Minister — Within a set number of days following the summoning of Parliament after an election, the President shall appoint as Prime Minister, an elected Member of the National Assembly from a political party having a majority of Members in the National Assembly or, if no political party has a majority, one who appears to have the support of a majority of MPs” (BBI Report, November 2019).

This is revitalizing the role of Raila Odinga, to have another one position in the cabinet and within government. That is to really have yet another big-man, so they have more leaders within the high-ranks. Instead of directly appointed by the President, the person is there on accord or consensus of the whole Parliament.

Leader of the Official Opposition — The runner-up of the Presidential election becomes an ex-officio Member of Parliament and the Leader of the Official Opposition if his or her party is not represented in the Government, or of a coalition of Parliamentary parties not represented in the Government” (…) “Question Time — The Opposition will play a key role in Prime Ministerial and

Ministerial Question Time sessions in Parliament. Question Time is an opportunity for MPs to question Government Ministers about matters for which they are responsible” (BBI Report, November 2019).

This is clearly made in the fashion of the Parliament in the United Kingdom. They are clearly wanting the Corbyn Versus Theresa May, they want the public to be squaring off between the opposition MPs and the Cabinet. To answer for themselves and to be accountable. Not only suddenly hold some Press Conference. This would be what this means. While also, letting the loser of the Presidential Election still having a place and a role in Parliament. That is to clearly give way and be viable, still after elections.

No Kenyan Left Out — The ‘Kubadili Plan’: As part of ensuring that all Kenyans have access to quality services which are foundational to putting people onto the path of shared prosperity, the Taskforce proposes a Kubadili Plan to bring marginalised wards to the level generally enjoyed by the rest of the country. The plan will be to identify the Wards which are most marginalised, at present and historically. Implementation should start with the Wards ranked last. Develop a plan to build schools, health facilities, roads, water, electricity, and police stations, in a way that the people of the whole Ward have access to them; and ensure that the facilities are built in all the Wards within a period of three years” (BBI Report, November 2019).

The ‘Kabadili Plan’ is just what the government is supposed to do, just on Ward level of government. This plan is what the government is supposed to do and isn’t a magic trick. This is just making it into a text and naming it something. The government are supposed to deliver basic needed services and this isn’t rocket science, but apparently the Taskforce see the current state not fit to do this.

Public Officers should not be in business with the Government — Address conflicts of interest by reducing Public Officer involvement in business with the Government” (BBI Report, November 2019).

Another basic one, as a person is in public office, shouldn’t have conflict of interests nor have the powers to give business advantages because of it. That is why many big-men in the past has given away or let their businesses into trusts, while they been in government. This should also be natural, also show what businesses the public officials, what sort of land and other assets they have. That will implicate them and also where they should recuse themselves from voting or participating in the process.

This is what I found as interesting within the report. It was a lot more, but this will be discussed. We can wonder what implications and what will be implemented by this report? Because, there is very little other than a big hoopla and not so much flash. We have to wonder if this will make any changes, if the Taskforce plans to bring forward Constitutional Amendments and other laws to reinforce what it t states?

That is if, this report has more value, than buying time for Kenyatta and Odinga. Because, unless something of this will be considered. There need to be more than launch and a final delivery of an report. This needs laws, motions and amendments, if they are sincere about what this one says.

Since, there is a lot of words and well-wishes, but not significantly addressed in the Report. They are talking of it in the conclusion, but then they are pushing the recommendations without considering what all might think of these. Some are good, but then again, this was a match between to parties not the whole Republic. Peace.

Lesotho: The Prime Minister and his Chinese Envoy…

Xie is probably the biggest corruptor in Lesotho”Mafa Sejanamane

We are living in interesting times, when the Kingdom of Lesotho and the political elite is corrupted by one man. In this day and age, the Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his family is easily corrupted by the naturalized citizen from China, this being Xie Yan or “John”. His been an businessman since the 1990s in the Kingdom. He has had a convenience store and two building companies registered by 2011. But by now 2018, he had 24 registered companies in Kingdom, while his also appointed as a special envoy and trade advisor of the Prime Minister.

Xie Yan or “John” is really involved in all sort of affairs. If it is the Wool War or the Red Meat ban, his been involved and ensure some high stakes. With the knowledge of his rise, his enterprises growing, while his in “office”. That should be concern in itself. This is like the Gupta’s of South Africa, but a smaller scale in the Kingdom. The Gupta’s didn’t even have any office in the Zuma Presidency, but still had massive influence over state owned enterprises. Just imagine how “John” can deal with things from his close association and connection with the Prime Minister.

With that in mind, I have some articles, where the man is mentioned and revealed his character. Like he stated himself in October 2018: “The problem with governments in Lesotho is that ministers are very slow. Everything about them is slow. They don’t have powers to make decisions,” ( Lekhetho Ntsukunyane – ‘Thabane Chinese Advisor Attacks Government’ 15.10.2018, Centre for Investigative Journalism). Now that is cleared, look at what people say about him.

Xie, known universally in Lesotho as “John”, is a naturalised Mosotho who arrived in Lesotho from China in 1990 and built a business empire that includes supermarkets, construction, farming and quarrying. He topped the news agenda and stirred heated debate when Thabane appointed him “head of special projects and the prime minister’s special envoy and trade adviser on the China-Asia trade network” in August 2017, immediately after forming his new government” (Lekhetho Ntsukunyane – ‘Chinese business tycoon reveals how he helped fund politicians in Lesotho – but denies claim of state capture’ 01.11.2018, amaBhungane).

The Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs Mahala Molapo has asked the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) to speed up investigations into the awarding of the M340 million tender for the upgrading of Mpilo Boulevard Intersections. Last month the Principal Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Local Government, Khothatso Tšooana, sensationally claimed that he was ordered to award the tender to a controversial Chinese businessman Yan Xie’s UNIK Construction Engineering company” (The Night’s Watch – ‘HEAT RISES FOR ‘MAESAIAH AND PHORI, THE 4X4 GOVERNMENT’S TOP LIABILITIES’ 07.11.2019).

Mafa Sejanamane, Lesotho’s ambassador to Ethiopia and a representative to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), is a strong critic of Xie’s. In a lengthy editorial published by Lesotho’s MNN Center for Investigative Journalism this March, he wrote: “The picture which emerges out of Xie’s dealings is of an extremely devious person whose business modus operandi is one of a corruptor…Xie doesn’t care about those businesses as long as they are a front and a means through which he stays in the front seat for government tenders. He is a ruthless tenderpreneur. “Xie is probably the biggest corruptor in Lesotho,” Sejanamane concluded” (Lucy Papachristou – ‘Lesotho: Chinese Businessman Admits to Funding Top Politicians’ 06.11.2018, OCCRP).

I will end this part with the words of Lesotho Analysis:

Two things are important here:

a)all known businesses of Xie were closed while LRA went on with its investigations. It is not known whether and how much Xie settled his obligations since LRA does not disclose such issues about its clients unless there is a court order. But what is known is that Xie liquidated his businesses and months later resumed business under new companies. The old companies which owed LRA no longer existed. As a result of the closure and the liquidation of those companies a number of local companies which were owed money had no alternative but to write-off substantial amounts of moneys owed. One company whose records I have seen wrote off almost M500, 000 of the debts Xie’s company owed.

b) Xie also runs a lot of companies as a silent or a hidden partner. For example he ran a company called Jackpot Wholesalers which was under a different organisation as opposed to Jackpot Supermarket. He claimed then that he was not the owner but the financier of that wholesale. It was closed, but I have no confirmation that it was liquidated like the other companies. He has a string of such companies” (Lesotho Analysis, 21.08.2017, link: https://lesothoanalysis.com/2017/08/21/429/).

When a character who does this sort of shady dealings, whose involved in direct connection with Prime Minister and his cabinet. When his there and has the ability with his “office”. We can just imagine, how he will use his influence and possible funds to sway policies and regulations his way. To enforce his businesses and his associates. That wouldn’t be weird, but natural. To that extent, that his motivation is more money, easy monopolies and hopefully a sanctioned business-model, which gives astronomical growth for his companies.

As we have seen, in 2011 he had a few businesses, but by 2018 he had registered a dozen more. This while his been involved and knowingly helped the leadership of the day. With the help, he surely wants a “pay-off”, which will include kick-backs and government tenders. We can imagine the amounts scorned and funds eaten.

John” is taking the Kingdom of Lesotho for a fool. Thabane is facilitating it. Maybe, because John paid of his wedding and other family events. Maybe because John paid his rent while in exile. Who knows, but there is a relationship that is a gain for Xie Yan and not for the people. That should worry the King and his Court. Peace.

Opinion: Lt. Col. Nakalema aim wrong with her 4th December march

Lt. Colonel Edith Nakalema has today launched the first public march sponsored by the outfit she’s running. That will be a state owned march on the 4th December 2019 with the special guest, His Excellency, the Fountain of Honour, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

What is really colourful about this enterprise is the message and the slogan of it all. That is the beautiful wording of “A Corruption-Free Uganda: It Starts With Me”. It is really rich coming from the State House. Really ironic and special, that the unique Anti-Corruption Unit of the State House are usually catching the small fishes, but not touching the kitchen cabinet nor anyone in close association with the President.

That’s why its very rich of the State House and its outfit to have a theme like this. Like the people don’t know whose doing it and whose letting the grand corruption happen. The President has even accepted the Presidential Handshake. He has accepted that businesses get started, get tax-holidays as long as he gets kickbacks. Not like he will let any opportunity of a short-sighted funds go away. Even if it means selling the most prominent building in Kampala, Mabira Forest or anything else. As long as he can get something out of a deal, he will do it eventually.

President Museveni and his handlers will secure that, that’s why his not touched, even with abundance of agencies combatting and securing the government tenders, procurement and budget. However, none of them have ever had the capacity to arrest or charge Amama Mbabazi, Sam Kuteesa, Kahinda Otafiire, Elly Tumwiine and so-on. They are all living lavish, but came out of the bush-war piss-poor. You go figure how their wealth got started.

With this all in mind, the theme should be rewrote, “It Starts with the President”. That would have been accurate. It would have targeted the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their cronies. Instead, they go after the chicken-thieves and the ones that has no power, no suction or connection within the deep administration. The ones who are rightfully wrong in their actions, misusing local government tenders, creating ghost teachers and whatnot. Still, the biggest culprits, the ones who does it on large scale, the ones who has made and forged the system. They are walking beside the President, they are appointed by him and are untouchables.

That’s why, if the Anti Corruption Unit was sincere, they would have targeted not “me” but the President, Museveni himself. But she did so, she wouldn’t see another day in her office. So, we do understand. She doesn’t want to bite the hand that feed her. We all get that, but if they wanted to be honest. The aim should be at the King, then you best not miss. Peace.

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