Belarus: Massive crackdown on protests after rigged polls [and Lukaschenko don’t want to go]

A President for Life, Alexander Lukaschenko, a Soviet relic who has ruled Belarus with an iron fist for years. Who has been in control of the Republic since 1994. Are now challenging his tired population.

That is why there been gathering protests all across the Republic. As the army, special forces and anti-riot police are in the streets. They are brutally arresting people, following defiant citizens and using force against them. Within 48 hours the state has arrested 3,000 people.

Phone-lines and internet has been blocked. A total media blackout to hide the truth. The opposition have called out the rigging and officials even at some polling station posted the real results. Not the cooked and rigged results, that the state announced, which was 80% of the votes. While the opposition main candidate got squat, this being Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, which together Veronika Tsepkalo and Maria Kolesnikova. All three challenged the dictator and did so head on. While the Presidential candidate had her husband in prison and still after the polls his lingering there.

Even in the midst of it all. The demonstrators are continuing. Tikhanovskaya have fled into exile in Lithuania together with her kids and the campaign manager. A clear sign of how bad the rigging is and what sort of state Belarus is.

Today, the Belsat contributors Pavel Patapau and Ivan Muraviou, they were stopped by the police in Minsk. Their phones searched by the police and they were later detained. Also, TUTBY journalist Stanislau Korshunau was brutally arrested too.

There are another journalists who has gone missing for hours and haven’t been heard of since the first demonstrations on Sunday.

We know that Tikhanovskaya was forced to record a statement asking the public to stop to demonstrate and remain peaceful. This was done before she was allowed to flee the Republic. That is the sort of state Lukaschenko runs.

Let’s be clear, this isn’t a heavy contested election. This was a rigged election and an election stolen. Where one man decided the result and the public was supposed to accept it. However, they are demonstrating against it. They are not accepting the predetermined results manufactured from the state.

The state has already killed a civilian in Minsk. Who knows how many more fatalities has to happen, before things gives. However, we are seeing people are tired of the President and his reign. Belarusians deserves their righteous leaders and not someone who is imposing themselves on them.

That cannot last forever. The President cannot arrest all citizens, neither will all law enforcement have the conscience to brutally assault citizens and detain them for their civil disobedience. We can await the continued purge and wonder when something got to give. Peace.

Opinion: Matembe wants to be the anointed one

“God has made a miracle. I didn’t know that there was intention to create such a position.I left parliament 14 years but now I can’t resist God’s calling because he called me to come and rescue the elderly”Miria Matembe

I don’t know, if it was the holy spirit or God that made it happen, but it was surely the curse of common greed. That was the reason for the motion and amendment before the General Election of 2021. Which gave way for 5 Elderly MPs in the 11th Parliament.

Trust me, God does not favour greed as a virtue. Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu press statement and motion to add these Members of Parliament wasn’t so godly. It wasn’t a divine intervention or belief that made this happen. No, this was about inclusiveness. It was no mention of any deity or the holy sphere among men. No, it was just a way to argue for more MPs into Parliament.

That is why Matembe is out on a limb. Maybe, her pay in the CCEDU isn’t that good? Maybe she doesn’t feel as relevant or have the space to participate in society there?

Who knows, but its wasn’t God who created abundant of new MPs in the 11th Parliament. No, that was done by greedy gerrymandering MPs and their associates. They all saw it fit to alter the counties, districts and cities ahead of an election. Also, to add 5 Elderly MPs to sufficiently secure the mix.

Because, the likes of Kamutu felt that the elderly was marginalized, even if plenty of MPs are in the age bracket of the elderly MPs. They are all older persons and some advanced age. They could all be on NSSF pensions and be secured for life. Instead, they decide to continue to serve and collect funds.

So, in my mind this is not because of a deity or a divine intervention. That the common greed and the personification came from the professor and not from God. Yes, Miria wants to be anointed and have a new entry to Parliament. However, that is more of the same and not because of her holiness either.

The salaries and the pay-off to be in Parliament is to great to leave behind. Especially for someone who has been there and who knows how much more they are getting in allowances, salaries, cars and whatnot. These people are eating good on the public’s plate. They are getting obese and fat, while the others are starving. So, its not so much, practice what you preach; but don’t do what I do, but what I say.

She should call upon Mr. Kamuntu and thank him. Give him a blessing, a prayer and maybe even a holy communion. To give the credit to God is to make good greedy and his lessons in the Bible is against that. Therefore, the usage is beneath the transcendent and all powering God.

I doubt God in his mercy looked upon a few and wanted to make them millionaires, while the rest must live in a gig economy. In that name we pray, amen. Peace.

Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force: Re-Engaging Local Defence Force on Targeted Operations (11.08.2020)

Zimbabwe: MDC-T Meeting with President Ramaphosa’s Envoys (10.08.2020)

Zimbabwe: MDC-Alliance – Statement on Cancellation of Meeting by Special Envoys Appointed by Cyril Ramaphosa (10.08.2020)

Rwanda: Statement on the Belgian Special Parliamentary Commission on its colonial past (10.08.2020)

Tanzania: Nobody is more afraid of the truth, than President Magufuli

Nobody in the world right now is more afraid for the truth then President Joseph Magufuli. Why do I say this?

Well, no one I know in power has challenged the free press, the social media and all content in the way President Magufuli and Chama Cha Mapundzi (CCM) have done during his first term in power. No one has made it so difficult and made cracked down on the media houses like him.

President Magufuli is a coward. You cannot release statistics without getting an okay. You have to register your blog, the content and everything to the authorities. Newspapers and radios has lost license over broadcasting simple truths. Journalists behind bars and so fourth.

You cannot post a lot of different content online now. Like you cannot post content in concern with spreading news about disease, activism or demonstrations and so much more. Just like previous laws, the foreign news-broadcasters had to submit their films before publishing them. To see if the authorities would accept their content.

Today, the new regulation is that the local broadcasters are not allowed to broadcast content from foreign broadcasters, unless it has been verified and accepted by the same authorities. This is continuing the battle against the free press.

There is no revision of a law in connection to the media, free speech or content, that is not made with consideration of valuing the free speech. Instead it is made to secure the message and spread the message that the state wants.

The CCM and the President have added and added. Taken more and more measures. It is an overbearing enterprise, where everyone involved in media and online has to follow the regulations and laws. Unless, they want to be suspended or loose their licenses. Even paying the authorities to be a blogger and register their social media accounts.

Magufuli is so afraid of the written word, on-air and news on TV. That his prerogative apparently. It been part of his memo to the world. That his fearing the truth, fearing the reporting and people looking into his work. Because, he only wants to rubber-stamp everything and control all things.

That’s why the media is bruised and compromised by the state. This is all deliberate. Magufuli knows this and the CCM wants to censor the media.

Magufuli is afraid of the truth, if you know, now you know. Peace.

Opinion: I’m sorry Lumumba, I don’t believe you…

Yesterday, National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General Justine Lumumba held a press conference ahead of delegation conference of the party and the road-map for the elections. This being in general campaigning and such.

On key point stood out to me and it was this one:

6. On the 7th August 2020, CEC sat to consider and approve the regulations that will be used during the Extraordinary Meeting of the 3rd National Conference, including the related NEC and CEC Meetings. Some have been mentioned above. Others include:

a). CEC directed that the Ministry of Health SOPs should seriously be observed to throughout the conduct of all political and electoral activities of the NRM. This shall be done in order to ensure that we protect the population from the risk of infection of the COVID-19 virus.

b). CEC directed that there should video recording of the entire Meetings of NEC and the National Conference, to ensure maximum transparency.

c). CEC has strongly emphasized that any form of bribery, utterance of any sectarian statements and use of inappropriate language, are unacceptable. Such practices are contrary to the values and principles of the NRM (please see Code of Conduct in the Fourth Schedule of the NRM Constitution), and the laws of Uganda. Any breach any shall have dire consequences. I therefore wish to call upon all NRM members to be law abiding, and to also strictly adhere to the MOH SOPs. The law enforcement officers are hereby called upon to ensure members comply with the law” (National Resistance Movement – ‘Media briefing by the Secretary General’ (9th august 2020).

As we see here, the highest organ of the ruling party have directed the party. A party which has flaunted, forgotten or not cared about the presidential directives and guidelines in concern to the spread of COVID-19. That is why the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health have landed on strict guidelines, which made certain types of gathering illegal, this being processions, rallies and bigger meetings in general.

I doubt that Captain Mike Mukula, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, Evelyn Anite, Haruna Kasolo, Frank Tumwebaze or Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng will face the law. I really do, these people combined with the Flag-Bearers to be will be able to get away with rallies and processions. That has happen all across the Republic.

We know this, even sons-of-bush-warriors who is running for Parliament can have rallies. These are all okay in Up-Country. They are either doing supposed launches of government programs or internal party elections. However, these sort of activities would be blocked in a heart-beat with tear-gas, arrests and anti-riot police on the beckon-call of the RDCs. We know this treatment is only for the opposition, the NRM are above that and will not be touched.

That is why Mukula, Kamuntu, Anite, Kasolo, Tumwebaze and Aceng could all during the COVID-19 have rallies and similar types of activities. They can say, its something else, but all is bathed in yellow.

We could laugh about it and just say its a misfortunate affair. However, I don’t believe … the Police Force’s, ISO, CMI or the LDUs will crackdown on the NRM. That is not happening. It haven’t happen in the past neither in the near future. Not as long as the King stays the King.

These are untouchable. The SG of NRM said the right thing, but I don’t believe it. Until I see the bracelets and the charges done in Court. Which we will not see, because that will not be a good look ahead of the elections. Peace.

Cote d’Ivoire: RHDP – Communique de Remerciements (09.08.2020)

Ethiopia: PM Abiy removes his Oromo backers

The rise of Prime Minister Abiy Ali Ahmed are continuing his consolidation of power, which he started with the creation of Prosperity Party (PP) out of the Party Coalition Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Defence Force (EPRDF). Now, his continuing it with taking out the people who supported him and backed him while he rose to power.

Now he gone after his side-kick and backer from the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) to Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) and all the way to PP. He has already politically arrested all main opposition in Oromia. They are all charged and in prison. While others who defy the PP and the Central Government will be forced to silence or detained. Just like the recent arrests of leaders from Wolayata Zone.

Today, there are reports that these are dismissed and removed from the PP:

Lemma Megersa, Minister of Defence

Tayiba Hassen, Deputy president of the Oromia regional state,

– Dr Milkesa Mideksa, Representative of Oromia regional state

This is all a clear sign of that there are only one man to listen too and the others has to keep their traps shut. Because, the man on the top, the Prime Minister will demote or get rid of the ones who are in his way. There is no other way to see it now. His making political prisoners out of the opposition, making fake-coups towards the ones who doesn’t support him and appoint leaders who are his allies. He get rid of the ones who are facing him and wants glory for all his work.

The Prime Minister is playing a dangerous game here. The consolidation of power can only take you so far. At one point, paranoia and despair will be on his mind. The PM will cause conflict and warn people. He will talk of danger, but when he is the one who orders the guns.

Now, he went for the ones who was behind his rise to become PM. The ones who was close and supported him. When he can do this to them. What can he do to a real opposition? People who are fighting for liberty, freedom and justice? They will suffer, these people lost their titles and been removed. However, this only shows what sort of fella the PM is.

We can wonder what he does next, but he does not run on reforms anymore. The PM runs on control and by any means. He doesn’t care of the costs, as long as his supreme. Peace.