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Zimbabwe: An Assassination Attempt at President Emmerson Mnangagwa!

On Mugabe at White City Stadium: “He said no no I didn’t fire you, he even offered me residence in his house but I told him that the people surrounding him wanted me dead.” – President Emmerson Mnangagwa (23.06.2018)

At the White City Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) held a rally ahead of the July 30th Elections, as the President Emmerson Mnangagwa had addressed the public. There was a blast of bomb near the VIP Part of the Stage, the President was able to get whisked away. Some are even contending that people threw a grenade towards the President. The last part hasn’t been verified.

There been several politicians and officials who has gotten hurt. Including 2nd Vice President Kembo Mohadi, retired General Englebert Rugeje and others was hurt by the bombs and grenades. There has even been reports of gunshots immediately happening after the bomb. As Mnangagwa was whisked away, also that two of the Presidential Aides died in the blast. Clearly, someone had planned this and wanted to secure his fate.

However, he came unscratched from it and was whisked away, while others has been hit by the violence hitting the VIP Stage of the Stadium. The President has later visited the ones hurt by the bomb at the Hospital in Bulawayo. Therefore, the hurt is there after the plot to kill the President. This is only hurting the cause of a peaceful transition, as he has himself been victimized by the attack on him. It is terrible sign of the days and a month ahead of the elections.


We can wonder whose behind this and who thinks this is a good idea, the coup to bring down Mugabe wasn’t without bloodshed and a peaceful transition should be like that. Even as the ZANU-PF is infused and controlled partly by the army. Therefore, you can wonder who has the capacity to aim at the king in Zimbabwe. Who knew and could stage this bomb close to the President. This has been prepared the VIP stage. The group who did this, knew exactly where and at what time the bomb should go off. Even if it didn’t hit the President, close allies and aides gotten hurt.

Therefore, this is just sad for Zimbabwe. This is going back in time and assassination plots is never positive, it is deliberate action of retribution towards the ones the other party wants dead. This is either revenge or a plot for political change through a fatal outcome. That is not mere foul play, but high risk gamble for supremacy.

Whoever behind this should be afraid of what the ZANU-PF would cook-up, as this will not create a better political space in the days ahead. Unless, the President will be the bigger man and let the Security Organization handle investigations and find the culprits. However, this is a sad day for Zimbabwe.

Assassination plots is never good news, it is sad news. Nothing good has ever come out of assassinations, usually more bloodshed and death of innocent people. That is not needed or something that should be promoted. Peace.

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Ethiopia: PG7 Condemns in the strongest terms possible the assassination attempt on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed while attending a peaceful rally in Mesqel Square (23.06.2018)

March for Ethiopia: PM Abiy Ahmed is showing hope in the midst of oppression!

The strong state and the control of the government coalition of Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and strongest party the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) are still trying to control the affairs. But the Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed is showing the way. That is why the TPLF are going regressive and dismissive against his policies. This internal problems will come more to the forefront as the days goes by. They will challenge him.

Today in Addis Ababa, a biggest rally in ages was happening and also marches with the banners and flag, that has been banned. They were a massive and biggest crowd in decades standing and listening to the Prime Minister speech in Meskel Square. What was sad that someone threw a grenade into the crowd and trying to assassinate the PM. This has again hurt innocent civilians in Ethiopia, the PM Cheif of Staff Fitsum Aregaa states that 83 is injured and 6 are in critical care. Other sources has already claimed up to 3 dead. But these numbers will vary. According to a Addis Ababa Police Commissioner Mr. Girma Kasa that 15 people endured life threatening wounds, while the rest bear less. Daniel Berhane reports that it wasn’t a grenade, but a F-1 Bomb on the gates of the Meskel Square. It is also reported that the ones attack burned a Red Cross SUV close to the square. Therefore, they we’re really trying to hurt the peaceful march and rally today.

This is happening a day after the state has also stopped their online censorship of web-pages and television channels, that was unleashing again over 200 web-pages that has been blocked. Clearly, the EPRDF and the PM are trying to make the government more open. While still, the State of Emergency is still on and the Parliament hasn’t stopped it yet.

Therefore, the PM is showing signs of positive changes in the Federal Democratic Republic, however, there are growing pains and it doesn’t happen over night. He has still a long walk to get there, but he is showing swagger and positive signs. With not only words, but state actions, freeing leaders and talks with leaders of the Opposition. Also, even meeting the delegation from Eritrea. The PM has taken steps in the right direction.

Today was to be a celebration and a march for the future of Ethiopia, today could have only been joy of the people expressing their hope and their wish for more free republic. However, the ones who cannot muster to live with that attacked the square and even tried to hurt the reformist PM. I have been skeptic to his methods, but he is really doing small steps and showing progress in a good direction. Within the system of EPRDF.

Today, the PM has proven not only with eloquent speeches, but in actions even as the enemies of change are trying to thwart it. It will not be easy, but the walk to freedom is hard. The good news is the crowds supporting the changes and that the people are ready to signal a different Ethiopia. They are ready for the New Ethiopia and not being besieged by the authorities, but actually express themselves without fear. That is about time.

The PM is showing it is possible. That is progress. Peace.

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South Sudan: The War-Lords wasn’t ready to speak about Peace!

In South Sudan the prolonged civil war is continuing and with the fresh dialogue between the parties didn’t help. Some had hope that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – In Government (SPLM-IG) or the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. He has been ruling and with an iron fist. While the main opposition leader and rebel Dr. Riek Machar are running the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army – In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO). There is also a coalition of other rebels and opposition, who is the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) of 8 political parties/militias, some of them are run by big men like Dr. Lam Akol (National Democratic Movement – NDM) and Gen. Thomas C. Swaka (National Salvation Front – NAS).

Therefore, the knowledge of delegations from SSOA, TGoNU and SPLM/A-IO in the IGAD High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) that has failed as even the house-arrested Machar couldn’t mend the fences or the idea of peaceful progress. That means the army and militias will continue to fight until they got supremacy.

Some people had hope as Ethiopian Government hosted this 32nd Extra-Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa and the shared arrangement to work on the “Revised Bridging Proposal” for all the stakeholders in the conflict as IGAD prepared for the dialogue this week. Still, that did not make it easier. They have the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) &Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM). All of these are interfering and monitoring the Republic. This combined with all the NGOs and Bilateral Organizations who support as well. Therefore, the international community is involved in the process. They are bookkeeping and securing needed services in the midst of the civil war, even footing the bills for it all. So the TGoNU can continue their fighting against their opposition.

This combined with various agreements that has not been kept, cease fire violations and such. These War-Lords really has no plan of quitting. They are preoccupied with the continued conflict and the looting of the Republic. There major resources being squandered away, not only seen by the Sentry in their reports, but the Kenyan bloggers are looking into the money laundering and estates owned by the War-Lords from South Sudan. Clearly, they are preoccupied with earning money on the toils and tears created by the conflict. That is why they are afraid of their future if the conflict ends. The guns are speaking their language. Even as the people are still lingering in refugee camps abroad and the Republic has no solution. The leadership isn’t hungry for peace, it is hungry to overcome its advisory.

At this point as the years lingers and the leaders continue to eat of the poverty, the famine and civil-wars, even as the state is bankrupt, creating higher bank-notes and the international community is footing the bills for development and needed supplies in refugee camps. This is clearly not the intention. But that is the sad reality as the innocent are dying and is afraid. The own leadership are holding this on. They are violating agreements or stifling it. If they are not getting their way, they are picking up guns or sending tanks to their yards. That is what happen in 2016, when the 2015 Agreement was starting to be established. However, that only lasted months before the new fresh conflict we are seeing today. Since then, there has been more deflections and more creations of new outfits who wants both Machar and Kiir to step down. However, none of them seems to fit the bill.

The state of affairs is sad. The people deserve peace, but War-Lords are busy finding ways to outsmart the enemies. Instead of dialogue and building real bridges, they are instead blowing them up hoping no-one finds out.

The people of South Sudan deserves better, but the leadership is busy killing each other and trying only to use ammunition to do so. They are not interested in talking. They know the trigger and is ready to aim. Peace.

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