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Opinion: This Moses will not lead the public into the promised land

The NRM has already won the 2021 elections with over 80%. We are now campaigning for 2026 elections and let no one tell you that Ugandans are tired of President Museveni” – Bebe Cool aka Moses Ssali in South Africa this weekend, December 2019

Bebe Cool might think his slick, he might think his smart and sounds like fine wine. However, Bebe Cool is degraded and low-rate fizzy-drink, a sugar-coated and lack of flavour, which he tries to sell to the crowds like Champagne. Everyone can see it, smell it and know by just looking at the bottle.

Moses will not lead people across the desert. Moses will not lead the people to the promised land. This Moses, the Cool guy will lead people agony and more issues. The state and the party he mobilizes for are self-serving elite. The NRM are working for the President and his cronies, it isn’t working for direct development, neither building a strong state. That is known for Moses, but he will not say it.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’” (Exodus Chapter 33:1, New International Version).

Just like Moses himself, he never got to see the promise land, he actually never got cross the River Jordan after 30 years in the desert. The Republic of Uganda have been 33 years under the reign of Museveni. The man Moses praises and thinks will bring changes. While his really lost in the wilderness and not allowed by God to cross the river.

Bebe Cool is a false prophet, who says everything the master want to hear. His a loyal subject. Even as man whose supposed to mobilize and guide. The man knows that the President isn’t preoccupied with 2026. His just working as hard as he can to fix 2021. That is why Bebe Cool is following the trail of Bobi Wine. The smug man, whose paid to be a distraction.

Bebe Cool, Mr. Moses thinks his that smart is funny and tragic. Because, just like Moses. At one point he will not go to promised land. His used with promises, but his descendants will live there. They will be able to cross Jordan. That’s because the promises of the regime, the promises of Museveni will not materialize. They will degrade and distort with time. The reasons for it is that its busy salvaging whatever it can. It is so busy doing so, that it doesn’t see the hurt or the problems across the Republic.

That is why the NRM lacks the trust, the support or even the grass-root mobilization it needs. They cannot outspend and buy off the whole population in every single poll. That is what it does, but at one point, that buck stop. Bebe Cool might act like it is won, when it really is rigged. There is no speculation of it even. It is mere reality.

That Bebe Cool is saying this too: “I warned the enemies of development that I will bring to light all their lies. The era of misleading Ugandans has come to an end” (Bebe Cool, December 2019). His the one misleading the public and doing it as propaganda for the state. His the Softpower and the “silent Majority” nonsense. Nonsensical and unstructured, as a man whose fighting on deck, while his boat is sinking. Instead of either trying to “balancing the boat” or trying to save people to land. He fights the crew for wrecking the ship.

Bebe Cool could be serious, but his the messenger… He will not get people anywhere. This Moses will encircle them and trap them. He will make them walk around aimlessly in the desert for yet a few more decades. They will not move and will never cross over Jordan. That will not happen with Cool neither with Bosco. They are just in it to rule, not to serve and neither to actually govern. Peace.

Ethiopia: UN expert praises reforms but warns of short-term steps that could undermine progress (09.12.2019)

GENEVA / ADDIS ABABA (9 December 2019) – In a sharp break from a quarter century of repression, Ethiopia has embarked on a reform process that is both encouraging and fragile, and deserves international support, a UN human rights expert has found after visiting the country.

“Less than two years ago, Ethiopia’s human rights record was atrocious, repressing civil society, crushing independent media, and jailing journalists and activists,” said David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, in a preliminary statement at the end of his week-long mission. Kaye was the first mandate holder of the Human Rights Council’s Special Procedures system to visit Ethiopia since 2006.

Only 18 months ago Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed – who will receive the Nobel Peace Prize on 10 December – initiated change by ending the state of emergency, freeing journalists and human rights defenders, opening up civil society and launching a reform process, Kaye said.

“Ethiopia has made remarkable progress towards freedom of expression,” said the expert. “However, this is only the start of a process that will take years of legal and policy commitment, and persistent dedication to public participation and human rights oversight.”

Kaye noted widespread concern that hate speech, in the broadcast, print and social media, posed a threat to the stability of the reform process. In October, 86 people were reportedly killed in unrest that many attribute, in part, to an environment of hate speech and disinformation, including on social media.

“Into this mix of reform and unrest the Government has introduced an ill-advised draft law on hate speech and disinformation that could well undermine the long-term reform process,” said the Special Rapporteur. “I am concerned that the draft ‘Hate Speech and Disinformation Proclamation’, if adopted as constructed, would threaten freedom of expression in the country and reinforce rather than ease ethnic and political tensions.”

The Special Rapporteur welcomed efforts to counter hate speech and address disinformation, and provided the Government with suggestions for how to approach the topics in a manner consistent with human rights law.

Kaye also expressed concern about the Government’s continuing use of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, which he urged the Government to repeal as swiftly as possible. He also condemned the fact that the Government, without clear authority, had shut down the internet at least eight times this year.

In May 2020, Ethiopia will conduct a major national election. “In sight of the coming election, I urge the Government to renew its efforts to promote and protect freedom of expression, take strong measures to combat any forms of harassment, attacks or violence against journalists, protesters and anyone exercising her right to expression, and strengthen a national dialogue and tolerance across the country,” Kaye concluded.

ENDS

Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, is part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organisation and serve in their individual capacity.

Opinion: The troubling shadow-game within the Great Lakes Region

There is an issue that returns and returns, something that never leaves. The bullets and the victims doesn’t stop. The armies and militias are continuing. They have sponsors and they have fields of tax to continue their looting of either South Kivu Province or the North Kivu Province. This has been going-on, but continues to this day.

Therefore, these days things are getting worse. The realities on the ground is hard figure and the players are acting aloof. Even as they are all playing victims of insurgency, as long as they are sponsoring insurgencies in proxy within the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Ugandans are known for supporting the M.R.C.D., the former FDLR and RNC combined group whose targeting the counterpart Rwanda. MRCD has promised to fight to overthrow Paul Kagame.

While the Rwandan Patriotic Army or Rwandan Defence Force is now in the DRC to fight the militias together with MONUSCO and FARDC. They are still following genocidaires and others there. Even the groups supported by the powers in Kampala. This being CMI and others who is giving training, ammunition and so-on.

While the Rwandan government isn’t innocent as they are supporting the Red-Tabara who is targeting Burundi and hunts for the head of Pierre Nkurunziza. Therefore, the Burundian is stressed by this.

The Burundi supported militia Mai-Mai has in the end also attacked Rwanda too. That is why all of these are using other militias, which is organized within the provinces of Kivu. While having bases there and being a proxy to attack the ones whose enemies of the head of state, who happens to control the various of Republics.

Taht is why this is worrying, as the intelligence and the means are there. That the Ugandan (Museveni) are having meetings and connections to the militias who works to topple Kagame. While Kagame are supporting another militia to topple Nkurunziza. As well, as Nkurunziza is supporting another militia to topple Kagame. Surely this East African Community (EAC) isn’t that friendly, neither is their intentions.

That they are all using various of groups, name-salads. Supported through the soft-borders of the DRC. To ensure their looting and enriching the supporters. While they are trying to find a way to ensure the end-game is secured. That their enemy and their neighbour is another leader, who they can have as a puppet.

What is worse too is that these groups are extending the harm, the deaths and the massacres in the Kivu’s. They are creating this and the masters across the borders are doing it for greed and for high of power. That they can use proxy warfare to extend their will. This is what they are doing with the various of groups. Just like the Ugandan-Rwandan used to do with the M23 and others in the past. Now, they are targeting each other and using militias for their own benefit. While Burundi has thrown their coins into the mix too, hoping for positive returns.

That should worry the FARDC, MONUSCO and the elite of Kinshasa. As their territory is used as battlefield and also as a training ground for insurgency. That will not create sustainable peace. Since, this will not silence the guns, but instead it will import the guns. That is the mere reality and reason why the silent war of Kivu’s continues. Peace.

RDC: P.P.R.D – Kivu – Les Gardiens du Temple – Declaration de Clarification (08.12.2019)

Kenya: MLK LLP letter to Chairman Kirogo – Ref: Request for Information on Dennis Njue Itumbi (09.12.2019)

Bank of Uganda: Monetary Policy Statement for December 2019 (09.12.2019)

Zimbabwe: Press Statement by the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Honourable Kazembe Kazembe on the current Passport Situation (09.12.2019)

Makerere University: Press Statement of Suspended Students on the #MAKFeesMustFall Protest (09.12.2019)

South Sudan: SPLM/A-IO – On the deadlock of the negotiations and the immenent failure of the 100 days extension of the Pre-Transitional Period of the R-ARCSS (09.12.2019)

Burundi: OLUCOME – Celebration de la Journee Internationale de lutte contre la Corruption au Burundi (09.12.2019)

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