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The New York Gang operates with quid-pro-quo to Russia, while Russian Probe continues!

The more drip drops of intelligence and inner-works of the Trump Campaign. The more will know of the New York Gang operates, since the Russian ties does not stop. Secondly, the favorable approach came to standstill yesterday. When the U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson plans to shut down the Cyber Office of State Department, which is suspicious when hackers had tampered with the last election. Seems, like a helping hand from the U.S. Government there.

That was not it yesterday, CIA suddenly gave way to President Bashar Al-Assad and a Russian Ally of President Vladimir Putin in the Middle East, as they suspended their program to train and equip moderate opposition forces fighting the third generation tyrant. What a noble approach up-easing the relationship with the Russians, while giving way to the Syrian government to do as they please in the midst of the long continued civil war.

While earlier this week, the President Trump had two meetings with Putin at G-20, one disclosed, another one failed to mentioned, again the second one alone and only with Russian translator, none from the U.S. State to confirm the discussions. Just like the secret unknown talks in the Trump Tower at 9th June 2016, the talks between the Presidents was about adoption. Well, if it has to be a secret, surely they must eventually adopt the Trump Family. They seem so like connected families by now.

The New York Gang and all their ties are now getting into bonkers levels. The GOP does not say anything or intervene. They look idly by hoping the flames of destruction does not hurt them. However, it will, since the President are a part of them and their campaigning was a collective effort. Not like the GOP can be like a fish out of water.

That Donald Trump Junior in the past has been in Russia as speaker, beneficiary and he has even spoken highly of the profits made in Russia. The same has Eric Trump done, he has bragged about the money coming in from there. Even Ivanka Trump has been on vacation with the girlfriend of the Russian President. The ties between the Trump’s and Russians are insane. Therefore, the praises of the Russian President and the warm relationship between is not so strange considering it all.

That Kremlin and Moscow have nurtured it would not seem strange considering they have worked on the man since the 1980s and has steady efforts all along. Many times Trump has said the Russians been good to him in the press over the years. Therefore, the conspiracy is not so hard to grasp when considering it all. Secondly, the unwillingness to show the IRS Tax Returns, to open books for the public of the Trump Organization as they are called a Russian Laundromat, as part of white-washing operation from Moscow. Could clearly be obvious reasons for the lacking of transparency of the family corporation?

That now in the press today to NYT are mad at Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Probe and wished he hired someone else. In addition, not believing his answers at the Senate Hearing, which was charade of answering, not as if he tried to come forward with an honest testimony. This shows the inner workings of the President. As his loyalty and that, he thinks he can stand beyond the law. As the case against him will be strong and have all the factors in it. The firing of FBI Director James Comey and all the other trying to stop further investigations.

President Trump fury over Sessions comes from the recusal, since that leaves him powerless to fire Special Investigator Robert Mueller, who are digging at the pockets of Trump and looking into his family members in and around the White House. Which are obviously dangerous for Trump and all of it would possibly hurt him, therefore he is willingly firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein or repeal the Special Counsel Regulation, but by then he would have tampered with the investigation twice. Clearly, showing the wide world that this is not conspiracy of crime, but actually acts of crime.

There are massive lose ends, the bank loans to his businesses. The workings of Bayrock LLC, and the other parts of the Trump Organization that the New York Gang ran together. All of the men who is advisors and such in Campaign team who had ties to Russia, who had meetings and certainly did not disclose it all when entering in the White House. The amounts of lies and deception should frighten anyone. Seemingly, even with all of this and possible collective shutdown of sincerity does not affect the Republican Senators or Representatives, they just let the Trump family run wild in the White House.

So when the investigation get into the monies of the Trump Organization and get the paperwork for New York Gang operation, than the Trump Presidency going to ballistic. It has already proven it by sacking Comey and Bharara for getting to close to the honey pot and now it seems like the whole ordeal will happen again.

This is not just about a meeting with a group of Russians the 9th June 2016, this about collusion and also about the intricate relationship between the Trump Family and associates, that all have been included in the cabinet and gotten leadership roles in the New York Gang administration. That also the GOP and the RNC silence shows the hostile takeover, as even Paul Ryan knew about and certainly also Mitch McConnell. Since none of them are acting upon the subpoenas or hearing amongst the top officials around Trump. This scandal will not make United States better, but clearly, that Putin has made American governance into chaos and gotten a bargain.

That Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Junior and Paul Manafort has to testify to Senate hearing is all good, while they have time preparing their defenses. Clearly, Kushner who has lied on security clearance dozens of times already will have to work hard with attorney to fix the stories. Donald Trump Junior has only on the 9th June 2016 meeting had three different tales about that, what about all the questions coming up and what will Manafort do when they corner him on the economic ties to Kremlin and others, will he not recall as well like Sessions?

Time will tell, but the speculation combined with the erratic behavior of Trump do not make it easier, especially considering his tendency to fire and suspend operations when he can. Seems like it is impossible for him to build anything. Been a long while ago since he made something genuine. All the Russian connections, the Russian business associates, the secrets meetings, the lies and the drip drop just shows how they infiltrated it all. Since they knew if they come forward, they would seem like workers for the Russians and not representatives for Americans. Peace.

Maldives: Opposition Parties Condemn Unlawful Arrest of MP Faris Maumoon (17.07.2017)

Statement released by jailed Former Vice President of Maldives, Ahmed Adeeb, on the missing MMPRC funds (16.07.2017)

Representative Waters tables bill (HR. 442) to inquire documentation of Trump businesses financial transactions to Russia!

In the House of Representative, one of the Representative Maxine Waters of California have introduced a new bill on the 13th July 2017. This one is an assault directly on the cash flow to the Trump Organization and it’s possible connection to the Russian businesses and associates. This becomes important, as the President and his business hasn’t been transparent. Therefore, this is another try to get the President and his family to deliver the connections and funds earned from foreign sources like the Russians. Especially, since the revelation and revealing companies that the Trump Organization has been working with.

The Representative in Congress has gotten Co-Sponsors on the bill, they are Daniel Kildee, Gwen Moore, Al Green and Ed Perlmutter, they are all Democrats, but set the standard for their persistence wish to find the truth and within reason for what is seem as just in the American society.

The important parts of the bill is this:

Of inquiry directing the Secretary of the Treasury to provide certain documents in the Secretary’s possession to the House of Representatives relating to President Trump’s financial connections to Russia, certain illegal financial schemes, and related information” (Waters, 2017).

(1) loans, guarantees, or other forms of credit, made or extended by Deutsche Bank AG, the Bayrock Group LLC, Vnesheconombank Group (VEB), Sberbank of Russia, Alfa Group, VTB Group, Gazprombank, any subsidiary or affiliate of the foregoing, the Russian government, or any Russian senior foreign political figure (as defined under section 1010.605 of title 31, Code of Federal Regulations), to

(A) President Trump;

(B) President Trump’s family members—

(i) Donald Trump Jr.;

(ii) Eric Trump;

(iii) Ivanka Trump;

(iv) Melania Trump;

(v) Tiffany Trump;

(vi) Jared Kushner; and

(vii) Seryl Stadtmauer (aka Seryl Kushner);

(C) President Trump’s associates—

(i) Paul Manafort;

(ii) Carl Icahn;

(iii) Felix Sater;

(iv) Gary Cohn;

(v) Carter Page;

(vi) Roger Stone;

(vii) Rick Gates;

(viii) Wilbur Ross;

(ix) Rex Tillerson;

(x) Michael Flynn;

(xi) Jeff Sessions;

(xii) Michael Cohen;

(xiii) Rhona Graff;

(xiv) Rob Goldstone;

(xv) Boris Epshteyn; and

(xvi) Michael Caputo;

(D) any Trump-owned, -branded, -licensed, or managed hotels, casinos, and golf courses, previously identified by the Department of the Treasury, including—

(i) the Trump Taj Mahal Associates, LLC, d/b/a Taj Mahal Casino Resort;

(ii) the Trump National Doral Miami; and

(iii) the Trump International Hotel, Washington, DC;

(E) any individual described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) in connection with—

(i) the property located at 666 5th Avenue, New York, NY; and

(ii) the property located at 229 West 43rd Street, New York, NY; and

(F) the Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd., or the Best Sunshine Live Casino;

(2) any financial accounts located outside of the United States and any individual described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of paragraph (1);

(3) Deutsche Bank AG’s 2011 “mirror trading” scheme;

(4) the “Russian Laundromat” (also known as the “Global Laundromat” and the “Moldovan Scheme”);

(5) any money laundering violations involving individuals, businesses, or property described in subparagraphs (A) through (F) of paragraph (1);

(6) any violation of U.S. sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, or section 953 of title 18, United States Code (commonly known as the “Logan Act”), by any person or entity described in subparagraphs (A) through (D) of paragraph (1);

(7) any “business rule” developed by the FinCEN to screen data under section 21 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, chapter 2 of title I of Public Law 91–508, or subchapter II of chapter 53 of title 31, United States Code (collectively, commonly known as the “Bank Secrecy Act”), to identify financial transactions involving Russian senior foreign political figures, or any individual described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of paragraph (1); and

(8) any Egmont Group requests made to a foreign Financial Intelligence Unit, including Cyprus’ Financial Intelligence Unit, the Unit for Combating Money Laundering (MOKAS), pertaining to the financial transactions of any individual described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of paragraph (1)” (Waters, 2017)

In our time, there are enough questions to the ethical behavior on the New York Gang, which in implied in the current administration of running both the United States Government and the Trump Administration. This all puts all the dots together. If the New York Gang needs funding and gets it through agreements and deals done with Russians, clearly they will collude with them when they get into power. Like its seemingly has done and there are more than enough banks, transactions and unrevealed trades that has to surface to make the unanswered questions gone away. The President and his men are now in hot water. All of the fiscal and financial business together with all of this Russian operatives really proves the possible connections. That long before the Trump Campaign and other political aspirations. Even if he tried to run in the past as well.

It is time for the New York Gang to be transparent and open up. If not with time it will get ugly and the revealed truth will never disappear as long there are unanswered questions. Especially, since the President and his affiliates never reveal their true value or company profits. Therefore, the need for oversight and look into the businesses owned by him. They are still run by the family and within his reach. So he will know what Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and other leaders of the Organization are up-to. To think otherwise is foolish. Peace.

Reference:

Waters, Maxine – ‘H.Res.442 – Of inquiry directing the Secretary of the Treasury to provide certain documents in the Secretary’s possession to the House of Representatives relating to President Trump’s financial connections to Russia, certain illegal financial schemes, and related information’ (13.07.2017) link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/442/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Russia%22%5D%7D&r=1

The New York Gang meeting on the 9th June 2016 in the Trump Tower with yet another undisclosed Russian associate Akhmetshin!

I cannot call the White House under President Donald Trump, the Trump Administration anymore, I have the feeling with the scandals under the Warren G. Harding. Most people have mentioned Richard Nixon and Watergate, but there is also similarities with that time:

Ohio Gang, in U.S. history, a group of politicians who achieved high office during the presidential administration of Warren G. Harding and who betrayed their public trust through a number of scandals. Leader of the Ohio Gang was Harry M. Daugherty, a long-time political operative who was the principal manager of Harding’s political ascendancy and who was named attorney general of the United States. Other members of the gang included Albert B. Fall, secretary of the interior; Will H. Hays, postmaster general; Charles R. Forbes, head of the Veteran’s Bureau; and Jess Smith, an official of the Justice Department” (Britannica, 2017).

The latest to join the pack of people at the former undisclosed meetings in 9th June 2016, which was already with the Russian Lawyers Natalia Veselnitskaya, but there was one more person the oldest son of the American President Donald J. Trump didn’t disclose about. The mail also disclosed the knowledge of Emin Alalagrov who is a Oligarch representative. Who was someone Junior really knew and could contact on his phone. Therefore, in the mails he would talk with him to find the possible time for the meeting in the Trump Tower. These mails between Donald Trump Junior and Rob Gladstone, also showed that Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and himself we’re present at the meeting. The latest revelation is that a former Ex-Spy and has a history, his name is Rinat Akhmetshin. Who has even had litigation his acts like this one:

In connection with the Dutch Action, Salisbury, S&R, and ECVK hired Akhmetshin, a former Soviet military counterintelligence officer. Upon being retained, Mr. Akhmetshin hacked into IMR’s computer systems and stole IMR’s sensitive and confidential materials. Defendants then sought to inflict maximum damage on IMR, including by using the fruits of this hacking to assist ECVK in the Dutch litigation” (Supreme Court of New York, 2015).

Akhmetshin is a former Soviet military counterintelligence officer who moved to Washington, D.C. to become a lobbyist. While working in Washington, D.C., Akhmetshin developed a special expertise in

running negative public relations campaigns. In connection with these negative public relations campaigns, Akhmetshin conducted media and legislative outreach, encouraged journalists to write negative articles in connection with his client matters, and developed close relationships with reporters in New York, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere” (Supreme Court of New York, 2015).

Let’s retract the E-Mails again, just to make sure the meeting isn’t forgotten about:

So let’s take the fellow information we can from the e-mails, which was on the 3rd June 2017 Rob Gladstone wrote to Donald Trump Jr: (Subject – “FW Russia – Clinton – privat and confidential”)

Good Morning. Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but it is part of Russia and it’s government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin. What would you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly? I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send you first. Best Rob Gladstone”.

Later in the day – Donald Trump Jr answered: “Thanks Rob I appreciate that, I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it later this summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back? Best, Don”.

So Donald Trump Junior who has claimed on Hannity it was such a nothing and not anything. Still the verdict isn’t all out. He couldn’t be totally transparent with the public. Since he didn’t tell the public of all the people involved and the seriousness of the sentence from Rob Gladstone: “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but it is part of Russia and it’s government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin” (Rob Gladstone E-Mail to Donald J. Trump, June 2016).

Why do I compel it also to the Ohio Gang, since it isn’t only the closeness between the Trump family, that being the Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Junior and Eric Trump. The others who has been connected with Russians and Foreign Operatives are Michael Flynn, Michael Cohn, Carter Paige, Michael Caputo, Felix Sater and Jeff Sessions. Several times Kushner has had to fill the SF86 form again, since he hasn’t disclosed everything. The same has happen to Attorney General Sessions who didn’t disclose his meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

So it isn’t like the Administration has been upfront and honest. Because they know what it looks like and know the values of the hacked Democratic National Committee or Democratic Party hacking around the Presidential Election in 2016. Trump earned lots of political mileage. This together with the sudden operatives who delivered the internet DNC documents like Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks. Even as Donald Trump Junior dropped his E-Mails chain with Rob Goldstone, he had talked with Julian Assange who wanted to disclose it on WikiLeaks, but Junior dropped on his own on Twitter. Therefore, the connections and knowledge of each other really surface.

Even today it is now known that White House adviser Sebastian Gorka who might also have connections to Kremlin. The amounts of people who has had positive connections are astonishing. Also Rex Tillerson and others have had that. Therefore, it soon hard to find someone who doesn’t have some sort of relationship or connections to Kremlin/Moscow.

If there are more people inside the White House with relationship, business or even has wealth there. Especially, since the unknown values of Trump Organization business there and the incorporated agreements in Russia. Doesn’t help that the IRS Tax Returns hasn’t been delivered, as well as all the ownership or royalties made the companies of the President.

It makes it more worrying that someone who has capacity for hacking and for pending negative public campaigns, with knowledge of how the Trump Campaign attacked the fellow Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. Since the leaks came right after, the rest is history. But the connections and the peddling of information will come forward. If the Cambridge Analytica and Jared Kushner used the big data combined with Russian interference to make the campaign more successful. Especially if they worked closer to Rinat Akhmetshin, who is a former counterintelligence officer in the KGB.

Clearly, there are more stones to turn, but this will only become ugly for the Trump Administration or should I say the New York Gang! Peace.

Reference:

Britannica – ‘Ohio Gang’ (03.05.2017) link: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ohio-Gang

Supreme Court of New York – ‘International Mineral Resources B.V. VS. Rinat Akhmetshin, Patrick Salisbury, Salisbury & Ryan LLP, Eurochem Volga – Kaliy LLC’ (12.11.2015)

Derrick Nsereko issues notice of intention to sue BOU for not pursuiting the possible Crane Bank fraud case (12.07.2017)

Kirumira Lawyer letter to New Vision: “Re: Notice of Intention to Sue for Publication of Defamatory Matter” (12.07.2017)

President Macron neo-colonial perspective on Africa came to the surface at the G-20!

The supposed centrist and progressive French President Emmanuel Macron, he newly elected President who we’re to be a fresh air. Aren’t apparently so, not if he believes what he said this week during the G-20 Summit in Hamburg. It is a disgrace of a modern European President to reflect this sort of sentiment. Especially, since this wasn’t said by some rascals associated with Marine Le Pen or Geert Wilders, but actually out of Macrons own mouth. It is time to erase the saint-hood and the prestigious placing among the hopeful leaders. Because when he says these words, it hurts, and it proves that the French still feels superior towards the African Nations and their people. Macron clearly feels so when explaining himself and addressing development on the continent. The words in italic are proving his sentiments. Just take a look at a badly translated Press Conference on the 8th July 2017!

I do not share that kind of reasoning. There were several envelopes that were given. Either we change the target with the addition of billions. We have been deciding to help Africa for decades and we did. If it were that simple, you would have noticed it. The Marshall Plan is a plan for material reconstruction, in countries that had their equilibrium and stability. The challenge of Africa, it is totally different, much deeper and civilization today. What are the problems in Africa? “He asked” (…) “It is through rigorous governance, fighting corruption, a struggle for good governance, successful demographic transition. In countries that still have 7 childbirths per woman, you can spend billions of euros, you do not stabilize anything. The plan of this transformation that we must conduct together must take into account the African specificities by and with African Heads of State. It is a plan that must take into account our own commitments on all the projects I have just mentioned, better associate public and private; And it must sometimes be more regional and even national. That is the method that has been adopted and that is what we do wherever we are engaged. I will have the opportunity next week to come back in much more detail” (Macron, 08.07.2017).

It seems like he knows and understands the African experience, that he can precisely blame the mothers of Africa for the bad demographics. That he can say the failed planned parenthood is the problem. Because, the French has no interfering in the African affairs with their armies, with their control through their Central Bank and Central African Franc (CFA), and also their ideals of a Francafrique. Dr. Lansine Kaba said these words a few years ago and they still ring in my ear!

Francafrique involves a complex web of relations that have made France a major player in the affairs of many African countries and even of the African Union. Through the networks of this largely “opaque conglomerate”, France, a founding member of the UN Security Council and the World Bank, can boast a significant global influence that extends far beyond the French-speaking states. The term Francafrique suggests several facts and ideas, ranging from the politics of cordial exchange and cooperation to that of covert actions and violent military intervention that the French have been known for perpetrating in different parts of Africa since the 1960s” (…) “It involves an effective style of diplomacy that is not necessarily staffed with well-seasoned accredited diplomats, but energetic and daring doers. Francafrique builds relations that rely on close personal connections woven between the French leadership (the president and his close aides) and individual African leaders who depended on French assistance and security forces. Francafrique excelled in channelling funds to electoral campaigns of some prominent French politicians too” (Al Jazeera, 2013).

Than you have the WikiLeaks cable leaked from 2009, that even speaks volume of the way Macron views Africa as well: “Gompertz admitted that France’s Africa policy does have problems, most notably, that France continues to focus most of its efforts on its former colonies, even though they are not necessarily the most strategically important. Gompertz hopes to push for a stronger engagement with Anglophone and Lusaphone Africa. (Note: GOF officials frequently cite Nigeria, Angola, and South Africa as three of France’s key emerging partners in Africa. Gompertz was departing the same afternoon for Morocco and South Africa. End note.) Similarly, too much of France’s political and cooperation resources in Africa are designed to reinforce its partnerships within the international “Francophonie” organization. Gompertz cited the example of Burundi, where English is replacing French as the most popular foreign language, but he said this is understandable given Burundi’s important trade links in the East African Community. At the same time, he related that while he was Ambassador to Ethiopia, there was a strong demand for French language teachers, but France was not responsive in helping meet this need” (WikiLeaks, 2009).

So when Macron claims the missing envelopes and development, for various reasons, that he can understand. Even his own former Ambassador to Ethiopia Stephane Gompertz saying the projects was more for political gain and French own interest in Africa. Therefore, that the French President says what he says about the envelopes are bit disgusting. Knowingly the only intent the French has in Africa, isn’t directly developing the continent, but to extend their power there. Than he later claims the demographic and planned parenthood issues is behind it all. When the French interference and misuse of funds to keep their friendly leaders at bay. Clearly, are the program the French run under their Francafrique project.

So, when a French President should know what the French has known. That the French can spend billions and envelopes a not see development. When the interests are more of Paris, than of Dakar or Bamako, even the shores of Tunis. Usually if the Fancafrique are more for the gain of its own than the ones in need. More for the Paris elite or the friendly leaders instead of development. Therefore, it is an own created monster of French influenced based on patronage and clientele served from Paris. Macron must know this as the Ivorian and other leaders have nice houses on the boulevards of Paris. These are made of the patronage created by the French.

It is therefore, disgusting, that he blames the African woman and their parenthood for the lacking development. When lots of French own influence on the continent is for personal gain and for patronage. Not for development itself. To overlook this, is to forget the French acts and also superior belief in themselves. That is why Macron said what he said. The belief and understanding of grand strength. That they are one of the greatest civilizations on planet earth.

President Macron words: “In countries that still have 7 childbirths per woman, you can spend billions of euros, you do not stabilize anything”. Macron need some sense and need to step-up from his Le Pen ways. He need to fix his mind and should rethink French strategy on African soil, before talking about stabilization. Parts of the problems still on the continent is the problems left behind from the French. That they have never left wealth, but left behind petty dictators who spends fortune on Champs Elysee! Peace.

Reference:

Al Jazeera – ‘Q&A: France’s connections in Africa’ (15.08.2013) link: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2013/08/201381584025929212.html

WikiLeaks – ‘”FRANCAFRIQUE” — MFA DISPUTES REPORTS ON A RETURN TO BUSINESS AS USUAL’ (19.11.2009) link: https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09PARIS1534_a.html

The Presidential Handshake report doesn’t say much, but it was a clear “error” by Museveni!

I finally got the whole COSASE report of the Presidential Handshake, what has been reported on my blog or page, has been comments of it. This time it would be direct quotes from the report that was put forward in Parliament from the Parliamentary Committee. That the President had an “error” was been weak, the whole ordeal was a bribe and the Committee didn’t have the courage to say so. Even as the position of every one was spelled out in the Report. Every single person paid out bribe was spelled out and the whole part of the allocation was broth to the daylight. Not that the insights was saying much new. But it still, shows how the President is controlling the Parliament and the use of funds. Since he was shocked of certain acts and that he was making it bonafide, but it wasn’t so. This story has been written back- and fourth.

Before more comments, let’s look at quotes from the report!

The Committee was informed by the management team of URA led by the Commissioner General that before the final arbitration ruling, the Uganda Government team briefed Cabinet on the 19th of November 2014 on the progress of the HOGL arbitration and H.E. the President promised to reward the team if they won the case” (…) “The Final Award on the merits of the arbitration was delivered on the 24th February, 2015 wherein the full panel of three Arbiters agreed in favour of Uganda Government and dismissed the entire claim of HOGL and awarded USD 4,083,840 in cost. The then Attorney General Hon. Fred Ruhindi on the 13th April 2015 (App. B1) wrote to H.E. the President reminding him of his promise to reward the team and requested him to consider a reward for noble team. He also attached a list of 24 proposed beneficiary” (…) “The Committee was informed that the Attorney General further led the Government team to meet H.E. the President at his country home in Rwakitura on the 17th May 2015 where the victory in the Heritage arbitration case was among other things discussed. That the H.E. The President thanked the team and directed the Commissioner General of URA to propose an appropriate reward for the team. H.E. The President also guided that the other Public Officers who had tremendously Contributed to the success of the case but had not been included on the first list generated by the Attorney General be included too” (COSASE, P: 8-9. 2017).

As a follow up to the H.E. the President’s letter of 16th November, 2015, the Commissioner General of URA wrote to the Permanent Secretary/Secretary to Treasury (PS/TS) in a letter dated 11th December, 2015 (App. B6) requesting him to formally designate her as accounting Officer through whom the reward would be paid and to formally requisition for the UGX 6,000,000,000 (Uganda Shillings Six Billions Only)” (…) “The Commissioner General, as advised and in a letter dated 5th May 2016 (App. B8) sought authority from the Hon. Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to reallocate UGX. 6 Billion (Uganda Shillings Six Billion Only) from URA Tax Refund Account to URA Expenditure Account so that the 42 Public Officers could be paid and suggested that a supplementary to URA for that amount to be considered and handled by the Hon. Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. The Hon. Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development did not grant this authority. However, by letter dated 19th October, 2016 (App. B10) he requested the Auditor General to issue an audit warrant for UGX 6 Billion” (COSASE, P: 10-11, 2017).

The Committee reviewed the budget for Financial Year 2016/2017, which was approved by the Board and subsequently appropriated by Parliament for URA activities and the UGX 6 Billion “handshake” was not budget for. The Committee further received evidence from the Board of URA to the effect that such money had not been provided for and they were hearing of that expenditure for the first time” (COSASE, P: 29, 2017).

The Committee observers therefore:

1. That it is true that USD 157 Million, which would have accrued as part of the Capital Gain Tax, was waived.

2. The contention arose out of a clause in the PSA which provided for waiver of tax signed by the then minister Hon. Syda Bbumba.

3. That the dispute would not have arisen if the PSA did not have a waiver of tax.

4. The then Ministry of Energy, Hon. Syda Bbumba, did not have authority to waive tax in that transaction and her auction of not having read the agreement before signing was irregular.

5. All the then Ministry of Energy who signed PSAs with similar clause acted ultra vires the law” (COSASE, P: 44, 2017).

Conclusion:

This “handshake” expenditure was not budgeted URA activity and therefore, a diversion of the UGX 6 Billion without lawful authority was contrary to the PFMA” (…) “H.E. The President’s approval of this “handshake” was bonafide. However, it was an error of judgement” (…) “That all funds paid out of URA account to the beneficiaries of the “handshake” should be refunded” (…) “The Executive should come up with a Bill within 90 days to regulate and streamline the Presidential Donations Budget” (COSASE, P: 45, 2017).

The Presidential Handshake has clearly showed the proof of how a visit at the Presidents farm in 2015 can lead-up to. President Museveni offered honorarium and bonuses to all the staff in the Tullow/Heritage Oil Tax Case, so all their work would benefit them. Without having it in budgets, without any votes or any sort of procedural activity, therefore it was an illegal allocation. That the Uganda Revenue Authority did allocations without proper actions, that the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and Ministry of Energy all actors did wrong in this scenario. They misused the tax to their own benefit and the President allowed it to happen. Therefore, it is weird that the only thing the Committee concludes with a new legislation to stop it. Secondly, also refunds of the benefits for the civil servants and the NRM cronies. That the act was done without lawful authority, but that was well-known and not rocket science. IT was clear misuse of government funds to give someone an extra payday, which wasn’t allocated or had the proper legal stamp. Therefore, a clear bribe… not solicited funds which the state should pay their civil servants. Peace.

Reference:

The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprises (Cosase) – ‘Report of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprises (COSASE) on the Investigations into the Circumstances under which the reward of UGX 6 BN was given to 42 Public Officers who participated in the Heritage Oil and Gas Arbitration Case’ (May, 2017)

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