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Liberia: President Weah – Presidential Directive – Subject: Adherence to the Relevant Provisions of the Code of Conduct (22.01.2020)

Opinion: [Let us not kid ourselves] Elections under Museveni will never be free nor fair…

Let us not kid ourselves. Let’s get real for minute. Breathe out. Take a deep breathe, before reading some utter nonsense. Than, after that. Digest some facts and call it a Thursday. Does that sound about right? I hope so, because first a snippet, than my 2 cents. Before I call “Peace”. Feel me?

Outgoing Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana explained that it’s not only the forthcoming general elections that government will ensure free and fair elections but this has been upholding them even in the previous elections. “It’s not only this coming general elections of 2021 but Uganda held free and regular elections and also observed human rights. You can’t compare this regime to the past regimes. We have always observed those principles,” Mr Rukutana said by telephone at the weekend” (Anthony Wesaka – ‘Uganda will comply with African charter rules in holding free, fair elections, says govt’ 23.01.2020, Daily Monitor).

Well, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their men got some nerve. To call the rigged elections, their hands of puppets in the Electoral Commission, in the Judiciary and the Police Force. To call it free and fair. When the state are using their funds for their campaigns, when the State House is misusing funds to the outrageous during campaigns and elections. As well as the misuse of the army and police for their benefit.

The knowledge of voter tourism, ghost voters, pre-ticked ballots, fake voter registers, frauds on tally sheets and declaration forms combined with another level of Math from the Electoral Commission. You know where this is headed. Not to a place of free and fair elections, but pre-determined results in favour of one man and his brigade.

The 2021 will be no difference. There will be ghosts, there will be soldiers and there will be ballots counted twice, make believe numbers and shattered tears over another fake election. All done in the service of man and his people.

We could joke about it. But the reality is that the same man complaining about the 1980 election. Is doing the same himself and more vigorously too. There is no bound or stoppage of this man. He continues to do this. Apparently until his last breath. That is the sort of man he his.

2021 elections are already in the cards and the one who get to be crowned king. Is already known, the ballad of the election results are already written and Kololo is ready to be painted yellow. Nothing else will happen. That is just the way it is. Peace.

UNISFA worried about renewed killings despite peace efforts (22.01.2020)

Uganda: OPM – Government Statement on Country Preparedness to prevent the Invasion of Locusts (22.01.2020)

Opinion: My flawed thoughts on the possible retirement President Nkurunziza

There is some new strange movements in concern of the “imboneza yamaho” or the Eternal Leader. Who was crowned that in March 2018. Now in January 2020 the Parliament have a draft legislation, where President Pierre Nkurunziza will be crowned the Paramount leader, Champion of Patriotism and Leadership Core.

Other than that, the President is supposed to get a retirement package of 1 Billion Burundian Francs or $550k United States Dollars. Also, the same benefits as the Vice-President for Life. That is a huge salary, also provide him housing as well. Therefore, he will never live in poverty like most of his citizens. But instead living a lavish lifestyle, which he surely got accustomed to in the three terms as President.

Now, the Eternal Leader, the Paramount Leader and the Champion of Patriotism and Leadership Core is supposed to step-down. That is the mightiest man in the Republic. Now suddenly he will back-down and be a silent soul. Surely, a man like that will return, if not control it from the back-room.

A man that has used force to get into power, a man that has gotten rid of his enemies. Rewritten the Constitution to fit him. Its hard to see him stepping down. If he does so, there will be some sort of function, where he will work and use his influence. Because, he might do like Kabila, run the Ruling Party and seal the deals from afar. While a President is his puppet. That wouldn’t be shocking in CNDD-FDD. As Nkurunziza has used all tools to get power and stay.

So, with this in mind. I wonder how long the retirement would be or if he would accept it. This seems like a play for the facade and let it go. Unless, he plans to do a Putin, be gone for one term and re-return after. Putin became Prime Minister, but Nkurunziza could pull of the same. Especially, since his leadership has praised like God like by the ones close in association to him.

Even if President Nkurunziza doesn’t go to the elections this year. Expect him to suddenly appear. That wouldn’t be shocking. It would be expected, because people like him doesn’t just go away. Since he has fatally gotten rid of so many people.

The blood is on his hands and that is his legacy. Not the titles or the time in office. The stains will be with him forever. Peace.

Kizza Besigye arrested for the second time in three days!

Former FDC party president Dr. Kizza Besigye has been arrested & detained at Nalufenya unit.This comes after police blocked Dr. Besigye at Nile bridge on his way to one of the radio stations he had been invited to for a political radio show” (Capital FM Uganda, 22.01.2020).

There is something that is right on schedule, just like taxes there comes the newsflash that Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader and former Presidential Candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye is intercepted, towed to another location, stopped from performing his role as political operative and detained somewhere.

Today he was only supposed to participate on a scheduled radio show at the Busoga Radio One. Even the presenter of the radio got arrested too by the Police Force. Therefore, the ones that associate with him is still in trouble. Who knows what charges they will pin on them both, but expect something out of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) and h the Penal Code.

This is just yet another day. Only two days ago he was detained and arrested. Than, also taken to Nalufenya Police Station. To be hidden away in the murky police station, which is known for torture and the like. It is interesting and shows their intent when they take him there, yet again.

Besigye is not allowed to be a active politician. His muffled, arrested and taken to prison at any given day. It is clockwork. You can promise that it will happen. The Police Force is ready to incept the White SUV and impound him. Tear-gas him and detain him. That is what they are doing and continues to do so.

It was when the party was trying to celebrate its 15 Years Anniversary of the FDC on the 20th January 2020, that Besigye was arrested last time. Then also taken away, impounding his car and detaining him at Nalufenya.

If your thinking the General Elections of 2021 will be fair. You should forget about that. Because, there are no shadow of a doubt of the rigging, the intimidation and the usage of force to tame the opposition. The likes of Besigye and Bobi Wine will be in legal jeopardy. They will be behind bars. Will face charges and be “criminals” because they face the “high above” and the one nobody supposed to dare. However, they do and therefore, they have to face the consequences.

If that maybe Nalufenya or Luzira. They will be there at any given time. If not the Police will preventative house-arrest them and make their homes a prison. Peace.

Cameroon: Presbyterian Church in Cameroon – Stop this violence! Stop killing God’s children! Stop destroying the earth! (21.01.2020)

Lesotho: Attorney General Haae Phoofolo letter to Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli – Re: A Letter to the Prime Minister dates 20/01/2020 (21.01.2020)

Joint UN-Congolese strategy needed to address insecurity following deadly attacks (22.01.2020)

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the UN peacekeeping operation in the country, MONUSCO, are being urged to develop a comprehensive joint strategy to address insecurity in Beni territory, located in the east.

NEW YORK, United States of America, January 22, 2020 – The recommendation follows an independent assessment into deadly attacks allegedly carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed group during the latter part of last year, which sparked violent protests against the Government and the UN.The assessment team—which included political, military and logistics specialists—sought to establish the circumstances surrounding the attacks in Beni, located in North Kivu province, as well as assaults in Mambasa territory in neighbouring Ituri province targeting the national and international response to the deadly Ebola virus outbreak.

Team members were evaluating the MONUSCO Force’s ability to deliver on mandated tasks that include civilian protection, neutralizing armed groups, and providing a secure environment for those tacking the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the region.

They found that presumed ADF combatants killed more than 260 people, mostly women and children, during November and December 2019 alone. Most of the attacks occurred at night.

“The high number of civilian casualties was one of the main triggers of violent demonstrations against MONUSCO in North Kivu, including the destruction and looting of a MONUSCO Office in Beni on 25 November,” said the team.

“The attacks against civilians occurred against the backdrop of a major offensive that the Congolese Army launched against the ADF on 30 October 2019. Since 2014, the ADF have systematically retaliated against civilians to thwart the Congolese army’s operations against them.”

In addition to the joint strategy, the assessment team recommended that the UN and countries that provide troops to the mission coordinate action towards supporting the MONUSCO Force Intervention Brigade in better addressing the “unconventional threat” posed by the ADF, particularly in a challenging environment.

Furthermore, strengthened cooperation between MONUSCO and the Congolese Army and Police is critical to sustain the gains made by the Congolese forces during this latest offensive against the ADF.

The UN Department of Peace Operations

South Sudan: Pursuing artificial deadlines will not create peace

The Revitalized – Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) was supposed to be formed by 22nd February 2020. This after a 100 day extension of the last deadline. Both major parties like Dr. Riek Machar of Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army – (In-Opposition) (SPLM/A-(IO) and President Salva Kiir Mayardit of Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army – In Goverment (SPLM/A-IG). There is now talks of another 90 days extension.

The Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) had an original deadline that was on the 12th November 2019. That is why R-ARCSS needs time to be fixed and worked with. The Khartoum Declaration of 27th June 2018 was the start of this process, but clearly, the South Sudanese stakeholders needs time. They need more than small visits of SPLM/A-(IO) delegations. It needs more than tokens of hope from the Rome Declaration of 12th January 2020. It gives hope from the South Sudan Opposition, but it doesn’t stop the needed dialogue.

Kiir and Machar needs more time together. They need to sit with the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) and others. So, that their grievances get met. That people are not using the uncertainty to fuel internal conflicts in various of states. This is what is happening. While the last train is going away.

What is bugging me, while following it. Is to see how the European Union, the Troika and United States are pushing hard for finishing it by the artificial deadline. The date of 22nd February 2020 shouldn’t be the final nail in the coffin. Especially, if they prolong the cease-fire, push for more negotiations and actually leads to something positive on the ground. That should matter than a put up date. Especially, after such a long and bloody conflict the South Sudanese has been through. Its like that is water under the bridge after the Independence from Khartoum.

Let’s be serious for minute. If it was fine with a 100 days in November 2019. What’s the big difference now in January 2020? Not so much right? 90 more days will not solve it, just like the 100 days before. However, it gives the party more time and actually do things that matters. Hopefully not just buy time for recruitments, but sit together with IGAD and Special Envoys to iron things out.

The R-ARCSS follows the previous deal, the ARCSS. It is many of the same players and stakeholders. They are all playing this as a way of gaining power. But if they get this done with whatever time it takes. It is better, that the parties are formal and conducting manners like this. Instead of going back to the battlefield and hunting each other. Another civil war will not be in anyone’s interest, unless they are merchants of death.

The international community are focusing on a date, instead of the results. The ones whose supporting this must see this flaw. They should instead facilitate and ensure the parties get to talk, get to walk through the steps of the R-ARCSS and get the TGoNU in order. Instead of forcing a marriage without the preen-up in order. The bride and the groom will get into a brutal divorce if so. That is at least what I see coming.

Last time it went bad. It was tanks in the streets of Juba. Machar fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo and the rest is history. However, with the knowledge of that. The dates where the negotiations ends shouldn’t be the focus, be the aim, but the progress and opening up more avenues for the stakeholders to actually succeed. That is if they care about the fate of the Republic.

No process is perfect, because we as people are not perfect, but humans with defects. That is why we need measures and mechanisms to secure our flaws for a better outcome. The International Community and the ones supposed to cheer on the stakeholders are not seeing this. They want the grand results without the needed work behind it. That’s not how they do it themselves, neither how any of them would allow being pushed to finish reforms at home. Therefore, they should give them more time. Not being locked to artificial dates, but instead salute progress and hope that each step is getting closer to the outcome everyone wants. Sustainable Peace, not a “fake peace”. Peace.

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