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Zimbabwe Peace Project: Setting the Record Straight (19.06.2018)

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Zimbabwe: Chiwenga says “the Coup” is lasting until the polls are over!

VP Chiwenga says Operation Restore Legacy which started on Nov 17 ends with voting for Emmerson Mnangagwa & his team in Parliament & local authorities on July 30” (The Herald Zimbabwe, 17.06.2018).

Today, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga really proven his democratic will and show that the junta is fired up by the military, who brought down the presidency of Robert Mugabe in November 2017. That the VP is saying this a month ahead of the polls proves the Zimbabwean African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), real progression is the change of the name of the President, but their action is only the military intervention. This brought in the Presidency of Mnangagwa and Chiwenga is stating, that the military are continuing their efforts until the polls are done.

This means the army is planning to interfere in the elections in favor of the ZANU-PF. Mnangagwa and the Lacoste took over with the blessing of the army. The bloodless coup of November 2017 was to make sure the Mugabe era ended, also the end of the Mugabe Family looting of the Republic. They also did this because the relationship between the army and the Mnangagwa fraction of the ZANU-PF party, as the G-40 wanted Grace Mugabe as their VP and successor of Robert. That was all put down, when the military intervened. Now the VP and former chief of the military are saying the coup will continue until the future is sealed for Mnangagwa.

That Chiwenga claims Operation Restore Legacy are continuing, means that if things doesn’t go as the military favors it. They will intervene and secure the future of the ZANU-PF they needs. This means that if the people want something else, expect the military to intervene in favor of the Mnangagwa presidency.

The Lacoste fraction and the military part of the cabinet. Shows already their position in the new formed government. The importance of the military is really there, when Chiwenga has become the VP. This is all a proof, that the election are made to legitimize Mnangagwa and his new government. The election is there to secure the future and make validate the coup. Therefore, the ZANU-PF just want to continue and not change pattern.

If they wanted to change and wanted real democracy, the ZANU-PF and Chiwenga wouldn’t say that the Operation Restore Legacy are continuing until the polls. Because then the Coup is officially still on to serve the purpose of Lacoste. Not being an official election where the goal is for the people’s real choice, but securing the will of the army.

That is what I understand when Chiwenga says Operation Restore Legacy is on and until the polls is done. That means the people’s will isn’t important. Peace.

Russian Probe: Manafort behind bars shows the seriousness of the affair!

The Paul J. Manafort revoking of the 10 million dollar bond shows the intent and the reality of the Russian Probe. The works of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is really proving fruitful, as well as having a team, which follows there provisions and are into every paragraph. So that if someone within the blink of the eye, within the parameter of the investigation, they better thread carefully. That is why so many has pleaded guilty and started to cooperate with the Mueller Investigation.

That on the 15th June 2018, that the bond was revoked for former Trump Campaign Chairman Manafort proves the issues that the President has. The man he trusted for over 190 days to run his campaign is now behind bars. The lied, played the government a fool and was caught doing so. Manafort has long before becoming campaign chairman done some secretive and shady works for others through his connections. That is why the Special Counsel got in his order to look into agents working for Ukraine and Russia in the United States.

Manafort as part of bond was this: “In the Court’s view, the broad prohibition contained in the order entered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Marcy 9, 2018 is clear and unambiguous: Defendant must avoid all contact, directly or indirectly, with any person who is a victim or witness in the investigation or prosecution of the defendant. United States v. Paul J. Manafort, Jr., 18-cr-00083 (TSE) [Dkt. # 25] ¶ (viii)”

That was a very simple order to comply to if you cared about the law and with the knowledge of all the counts your indicted for. It is not like Manafort was a petty thief stealing a few pockets on Manhattan. This was a guy that conspired against the republic, not paying taxes or even filing taxes on his foreign earnings, even being an unregistered foreign agent working with foreign hostile powers. Therefore, the investigation into him show money laundering and other allegations that is severe. All of this should not be overshadowed.

That is why the revelation that even after months of being indicted and under investigation, he still contacted witnesses and people connected with the case. As should have been more careful and respected that the government already had been good to him.

What is interesting for the defense of Manafort is that they wanted a list of witnesses to the client, so they could make sure. However, the indictments, the public court-files and other documentations shows the progression of the case. Something the attorneys could follow and show to Manafort. To indicate to their client. The investigatory body and the government to build a case shouldn’t provide a list of possible witnesses or even suspects before their indicted or possibly breaching laws. That is predetermine the fate of an individual. That is why the defense of Manafort was flawed. As Manafort had failed his bond and the easy reason to revoke it.

That is an issue for the President. Is that his long-time partner and former campaign chairman is behind bars. He is in jail pending trial in two cases against him. As part of the pending investigation and up-coming trials. The evidence collected and the knowledge of the investigators will come into the Court. Than, the defense will not discussion possible or even violations of bonds. But actual conspiracy against the state and violations of the IRS and FARA.

Manafort is in major troubles, but also the rest of the associates around Trump. Whose have been part of the Campaign. Because so many people are in the scope of Mueller.

That Manafort now behind bars is a sign of what is coming. Not only Alex Van Der Zwaan has been behind bars, while others has pleaded guilty and offered to corporate with the investigation. That is why there is more to come and the realization of it. Should hit Trump in the midst of his guts. Peace.

Opinion: Museveni and his four excuses for losing the recent by-elections!

We can just wonder, when this grows old, kinda like the 1986ing the issues, and saying he has solved issues ever since then. Therefore, he has the answers and no one else. They are just not listening to him and his ways. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni have now written an analyzes of the losses of the recent losses in Rukingiri, Jinja-East and Kyadondo East. Three contested By-Election that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has lost. In all of them, the NRM has used their machinery and the acts ruling party to get their candidate through. Even without achieving it. They haven’t had the plan or the message that could gain the ballots. They are tired of the regime and of the President. Who is all ruling on borrowed time, as he uses all times to put blame on others. Like he has done today in his statement on the By-Election. I will take on excuse after another. He says its the four mistakes, I would say it his four excuses for losing.

First Excuse:

Leaders not linking with the economic interests of the Local people in a systematic way. The People need clear examples, in each area, of how they can get out of poverty by implementing our 4 acres plan model, or the different variations of it” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Full Statement: Museveni Analyses Parliamentary By-elections’ 16.06.2018).

It isn’t like he didn’t try, he came with bashing glory of all sort of gifts and funds for the youth, the NAADs and the SACCO’s. Therefore, the NRM did this and at the blessing of Museveni. It wouldn’t be that sort of rally without him. You should wonder if he should have explained the use of the motorcycles and the gifts to the business-groups better himself? Since he as the President is nearly there just for show-off and also PR Stunt to show the greatness of the NRM. As the gifts are pouring into the region, when the By-Election is going on.

Second Excuse:

The lack of organisational linkages with the grass roots is the next problem. In the case of Rukungiri, in spite of some elements using crude sectarianism, the people could not be swayed. What, then, did the opposition do? Use manipulation taking advantage of the lack of linkages between the Local people and the NRM leadership that was directly managing the operation. One of the rumours they started was that the FDCs had been given money by the NRM. They said: “Itwe nitutuunga sente, Imwe muteera oburuuru mutaine ekimutungire”. This could be translated as: “for you, you vote for the NRM, while for us the NRM leaders give us money even when we vote against them!” With our fast communication with our mobile phones, this would have been detected by our grass-root groups and counter-acted with SMSs. After campaigning very successfully on the 28thand 29th of May, 2018, holding 9 big or very big rallies at the Sub-county levels except for Nyakagyeme, I did not follow up again and I shouldn’t have done so because there are people to do that. Only to find out later that, that was one of the problems” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Full Statement: Museveni Analyses Parliamentary By-elections’ 16.06.2018).

This excuse is because of how the party and the leadership of Museveni has been. Everything has to sanctioned and accepted from the State House. All and everyone who matters are decided from the State House. If there is anything happening, the orders has been from the State House and with the blessing of the State House. Therefore, the lack of grassroot organization is a systemic issue that Museveni himself has created. Because of his obsession with power, that is the reason for this. This is not the local leadership issue, the excuse is worthless at best. The President knows this and said it in the end. “I did not follow up”, that shows the initial problem with his leadership style and organizational focus, as he has to follow up and he has to guide, he has to delegate and control. That is the reality and he says it himself. Like he admits his excuse, but still blames the local leaders, when he himself didn’t follow up on it.

Third Excuse:

The third mistake appears to be some of the NRM Leaders taking sides in the intra –NRM competitions. When, some weeks ago, I met the confused Catholic Priests, led by one Katsigaire, they were bitterly complaining about Major General Jim Muhwezi’s bias, or opposition to, Hon. Paula Turyahikayo and yet she was the Movement flag bearer. Apparently, Jim fought her in the primaries and, even after she won the primaries, the priests were alleging that the Jims promoted an Independent against her. When I met Leaders at Ntungamo, I criticized this. I had criticized this tendency in the past. When Hon. Janet K. Museveni developed interests in competing in Ruhaama, I first opposed the idea totally until the Local elders insisted” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Full Statement: Museveni Analyses Parliamentary By-elections’ 16.06.2018).

When Museveni says someone is confused politically, it is always, that they are not in accordance or within his camp. They are usually a problem or someone who is thinking freely outside the borderline crazy control freak of Museveni. That is why Katsigaire are getting called that and told-off like that. This is just standard by him and his excuses. That he defends his loyal cadre Muhwezi is natural and had to show loyalty to his wife Janet. Because both of them cannot do anything wrong. What the President wants is that he wants all of NRM to follow his favorable NRM Flag-Bearers and his candidates. So that the party continues on his line and his vision under him. No one else understands, if they oppose that. Then they are confused. That is why he is a borderline crazy control freak.

Fourth Excuse:

Finally, the problem of lack of thorough preparation. Rukungiri has got 16sub-counties, 75 parishes and 280 polling stations. Surely, the NRM leaders should have had their agents per polling station to, first of all, verify the voters on the register. Are they the true voters known in the area? Secondly, ensuring that, through cheap means, you keep in touch with the 30 leaders per village, who also keep in contact, by word of mouth, with the NRM members in the village. Thirdly, when it comes to the voting day, we should have our own hard cover book where everybody that comes to vote will be recorded, so that we guard against votes stuffing” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – ‘Full Statement: Museveni Analyses Parliamentary By-elections’ 16.06.2018).

This here is just insulting and insinuating that the opposition are stuffing ballots and rigging. As the NRM has to prepare to secure the vote. It is like he doesn’t know what his party does and the fantastic levels of rigging the NRM are doing. That is why Pre-Ticked Ballots and marked ballots are common place in the police stations and with the NRM leaders in the elections. Therefore, writing like this is to shelter his own, when he certainly knows what the NRM leaders does. He even sends the army to intimidate and harass the locals to vote in his favor. He uses the police to detain and take away the polling agents of other parties. Uses all sorts of methods to intimidate the opposition. That is why the preparation excuse is just insulting our intelligence. It is like he says his democratic, when he really uses all tricks to get his way.

This is the short commentary to the nonsense of the day. It isn’t the last time Museveni will come with excuses. That is something he could do all day, he will complain even back to the enclave and the British arriving in Uganda. He expect the Ugandans to be like Tippu Tip who left everything for Stanley to explore the DRC. The same Museveni expects of his people, that they leave everything behind and follows his lead. Peace.

Zimbabwe: Statement from ZAPU on Political Cooperation during and after 2018 Elections (15.06.2018)

Russian Probe: Justice Amy Berman Jackson Memo on Paul J. Manafort (29.05.2018)

IEBC – Re: Suspension to Complete the Comprehensive Audit of all Major Procurements Relating to the 2017 General and Fresh Presidential Elections (14.06.2018)

Chebukati using Chiloba as IEBC’s fall guy!

It is clear after CEO Ezra Chiloba yesterday was reinstated and won the court case, he could get his job back. However, Chairman Wafula Chebukati did suspend Chiloba again. This is a ploy to keep himself on top, while damaging Chiloba. It is a very simple game. They are not fixing the issues within the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) instead they are fitting the blame on one by one.

That is ancient political game, which Chebukati is doing as much as he can. Since most of the key advisors and Commissioners fled the scene in 2017. The ones that was in on it is gone. They have done it because they cannot stomach the issues and the rigging. That is clear by the ones fleeing and showing the internal memos from the elections last year.

Therefore, Chebukati should be more careful, but in the Handshake era, he knows he can get away with it. He will not loose and that is evident by his actions. Wafula would act differently if it would cost him or his honour. But at this stage he will get away with it.

There is nothing showing signs of change or progress, neither any signs of retribution or even care from the Jubilee. Who had ordered the showdown and the elections to secure a second term for Kenyatta! That is why they just let it be and go-on like nothing has happen.

The IEBC is playing the public for fools blaming Chiloba. Yes, Chiloba did a lot and has done lots of damage. That has been evident, however, the whole IEBC has orchestrated it and all are to blame. Not just Chiloba, he is the fall guy as we speak. Nevertheless, the other commissioners and the Chairman knows perfectly well, what went down. He is just using Chiloba as a pawn and a useful one as that.

So don’t get caught in the hype, thinking that Chebukati does this out of concern of IEBC. He does this out of concern of his own job and not wanting to lose the title. Even as he himself has done major parts of the rigging and the electioneering in favour of Kenyatta. We all know that, he is just acting as if we don’t.

The naïve might eat the crap, but I beg to differ. Because I won’t be played by shadow games. Especially when I see them from afar. Peace.

The nine lives of Chiloba!

“REPRIEVE FOR IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba as court directs that he resume work pending determination of case he filed after he was suspended” (Nation Breaking News, 14.06.2018).

After the failed attempt to cover-up their mistakes and the rigging in 2017. CEO Ezra Chiloba has been the fall guy of the whole Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC). Everyone with a working mind knows the numbers was juiced up in the Fresh Presidential Elections and also in the first round of 2017. That is well-known and denying it is only fools at play. Even if the Supreme Court validated it, that because the case made for the court wasn’t any good the second round.

Therefore, the IEBC who has had major commissioners fleeing the scene, as they don’t want to associate or be apart of the rigging affair. As the dubious attempts to create legitimacy for the second term of Uhuru Kenyatta was under way. Where all parts from ballots, BVR Machines, Digital Transmission of Results to even the Safaricom blunders. Everything that was questionable, could be questioned without any concern of malice. Since the IEBC did a shady job and the high ranking officials didn’t deny it either. As the Internal Memo’s was released showing more breaches and questionable behaviour.

That Chiloba get back his job after a Court Order isn’t surprising. It is surprising that it took this long. But that is good tactic, as so many forget the grievances of last year. That was mid-2017 and late-2017, now we are mid-2018. The Handshake has already squashed the beef and made sure the Jubilee can survive without too much interference for another day.

Chiloba seems to survive again. That is because of indifference and the heartache. This is because of the nature of affairs. As the corruption scandals and the other fresher evident of theft is more dire, than the previous affairs of electioneering effort to keep the President.

That is why Cambridge Analytica/IEBC Server connection, the whole charade of an election and the questionable results, the lack of voter turnout verifications and the shady voter-rolls, as well as the breaches of trust between BVR Company OT-Morpho/Safran is there. Because the Chiloba aftermath never has been solved.

Chiloba seems to get another life. But it is not because he is good or cares about his job. It is more that he serves a purpose for the regime. That is it. Now that the months and days has gone. The Jubilee, Ruto and Kenyatta hopes that the people have forgotten. Now more preoccupied with the current scandals of the day. The open day looting of state reserves. That is the end-game of a illegitimate regime. They don’t have to answer to anyone. Except for the computer generated bots that elected them. Peace.

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