Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC): Implement don’t amend….. As citizens rejects the proposed Constitutional amendment No 2 during public hearings (09.07.2020)

Opinion: Mao’s candidacy is “hot-air”

People are saying that I won’t even get 1% . They are saying I don’t have supporters but when I say I am going to contest for the president, there is a lot of discussion on the matter. I don’t know why”Norbert Mao (02.07.2020)

It is official, the long awaited, the brutal honesty and the 2nd Time Candidate for the Presidency of the Republic, Norbert Mao of the Democratic Party. The steady guest on political talk-shows and often in the media. Trying to reign in rebels in his party and also seeing his high ranking officials cosying up the NRM.

Still, this is his third election. He stood as a candidate in 2011 without succeeding. For some uncertain and weird reasons. Mao wasn’t on the lists and registered in 2016. However, now he has come up and said his the Presidential Candidate of the Democratic Party in 2021.

That is not shocking, that is to be expected at this point. He has been here before, but was behind Amama Mbabazi in the last election cycle. So, don’t expect him to back neither Besigye nor Bobi Wine. DP wasn’t part of the IPC, but was a mate in the TDA. Don’t expect him to join forces in the UFC.

Mao is also very cynical about everyone else than himself. He can judge another candidate back to oblivion. Norbert can scrutinize and assess the others. However, not look at his own flaky actions. The DP has been moving in circles. Neither grown stronger or become a powerhouse.

Mao has tried to reign in the smaller DP brotherhood with Bwanika and Mabikke. However, we know these will not bring an electoral victory. Wonder if Abed Bwanika wants a place of honour, if the DP Block is still a thing. You can in the same regard wonder if the DP SPV with Muntu have done wonders too.

He can claim other opposition candidates doesn’t have tactics or strategies. Nevertheless, it is not like he has the magic potion or the successful method to overcome the dictatorship. He is just wandering around remembering old-age wisdom and theories. While not using the same intelligence on his own campaigns. It is easier to bring heat to others, then looking into his own work.

There got to be some real magic to change the end game. It would be enough for this man to stand as an MP in Gulu. He got that in him. Just like James Akena of the UPC to be an MP and not a Presidential Candidate. Be a leader of a party and still be in Parliament. That is cool, but Mao wants to honour of the top slot.

That is why his reluctant to work with other major opposition members. He don’t have the leverage to reign them in. Mao wish he would, but he doesn’t. Neither has his party. That is why the ones who become Cabinet members in the 10th Parliament left the fold. He knows this, he knows Mbidde could easily turn NRM. He would rub his hands and ditch Mao in a heartbeat.

So, Mao wants to be the big-man. He claims others doesn’t have the credentials or the plans, but his nothing coming with that either. It is a solo run, that will end dolo.

He can act like it is different. Come with some flex. Show some attitude and fancy queens English. Non of that will further the cause of the Mao. This is a repetition of 2011 in 2021. Peace.

Uganda: State House Anti-Corruption Unit – Press Statement (29.06.2020)

Burkina Faso: Service d’Information du Gouvernement – Communique – Coronavirus (COVID-19) au Burkina Faso (28.04.2020)

Burkina Faso: Ministere de la Communication et des Relations avec le Parlement – Cabinet – Communique (27.04.2020)

Opinion: Chinese authorities cannot rewrite the origin of COVID-19

There has been no scientific or medical conclusion yet on the origin of Covid-19, as relevant tracing work is still under way” (…) “The name Covid-19 was chosen by the WHO for the purpose of making no connections between the virus and certain places or countries. The origin of a virus is a complicated, scientific issue. It should be left to scientists and doctors to find out through studies and research” (Chinese Embassy in the UK – ‘The Mail on Sunday published a letter from the Chinese Embassy in UK on its report on the origin of COVID-19’ 13.04.2020).

This here is not important in the scale of things. This virus could come from wherever and the end-game is still the same. We have have to all find the cure, the vaccine and medicine in general to defeat the Coronavirus or COVID-19. That is what is key, as the world is under lockdown, the nations are under state of emergency and so fourth. Not, like there are bigger fishes to fry. However, the Beijing government. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) can lie to their own citizens, but not to us!

The CCP and President Xi Jinping can lie all he wants in his own domain. He can block every single foreign journalists who dare to insult his intelligence. He can do so there, but he cannot go against the facts, that COVID-19 came from Wuhan in Hubei Province. It is maybe not a propaganda victory. It is not the cure for eternal youth, but its there. The Joint Report combined with WHO states so too. They did it together, but maybe the Chinese Ambassador was told to scrap this public report?

Who knows, but I will just quote two passages of this public report. Because, rewriting history at this level. Is outrageous. It is abysmal method of governing. Instead of manning up and take it on the chin. That is why your busy giving away all sorts of medical gear world-wide to patch the hurt right? Not just humanitarian, because the Chinese usually gives away with a hope of earning a fortune down the line. We have seen that with the Belt and Road Imitative. So, we don’t have to make that up.

Here’s the key passages in concern of origin:

COVID-19 is a zoonotic virus. From phylogenetics analyses undertaken with available full genome sequences, bats appear to be the reservoir of COVID-19 virus, but the intermediate host(s) has not yet been identified. However, three important areas of work are already underway in China to inform our understanding of the zoonotic origin of this outbreak. These include early investigations of cases with symptom onset in Wuhan throughout December 2019, environmental sampling from the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market and other area markets, and the collection of detailed records on the source and type of wildlife species sold at the Huanan market and the destination of those animals after the market was closed” (WHO-China Joint Mission, P8 2020,).

Since the COVID-19 virus has a genome identity of 96% to a bat SARS-like coronavirus and 86%-92% to a pangolin SARS-like coronavirus, an animal source for COVID-19 is highly likely. This was corroborated by the high number of RT-PCR positive environmental samples taken from the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan” (WHO-China Joint Mission, P: 34, 2020).

All the measures and test here sets the fixed mark towards one wet-market in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It is not on the North Pole, neither anywhere else. This the WHO, who the ambassador was busy discrediting, which made a study together with Chinese scientists. So, not like it was busy-bodies, but their own who did it and traced it. Because, they needed that to be able to strike down efficiently against COVID-19. The ambassador and Chinese authorities maybe thinks people are stupid. However, they better do things correctly and they cannot win in their arguments. When its already out there and the joint operations has already been concluded. Stop. Kidding. Yourself. Peace.

Reference:

Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), 16th February to 24th February 2020.

Central African Republic: Coalition de l’Opposition Democratique – 2020 – Communique de Presse No. 002 (05.04.2020)

RDC: Union Pour la Nation Congolaise “UNC” – Declaration Politique de l’Union Pour la Nation Congolaise (UNC) – (05.04.2020)

Follow-up of last Ebola contacts ends (11.03.2020)

The majority of the contacts were monitored in the homes in the north-eastern Beni town.

BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 11, 2020 – The observation period of the last people to have come in contact with an Ebola patient in the Democratic Republic of Congo ended today, another significant step in the efforts to end the outbreak. The 21-day follow-up for the 46 contacts elapsed at midnight.  The majority of the contacts were monitored in the homes in the north-eastern Beni town. They had all been in contact with the last Ebola patient to test negative for the virus on 2 March, and who has since been discharged from a treatment centre. Eleven of her family members had chosen to stay at a voluntary isolation site run by the World Health Organization and the DRC Ministry of Health until the end of the incubation period. They all returned home together.During celebrations to mark their release from the isolation site, the mayor of Beni, Jean-Edmond Bwanakawa Nyonyi, reminded people to stay vigilant until the end of the outbreak was declared by the Ministry of Health. Although no new cases have been reported, Ebola response operations remain in full force. Critical ongoing activities include validating alerts, testing suspected cases and confirming the cause of death of people who pass away in communities.

In the week ending on 8 March, 4 039 of the 4 138 Ebola alerts received were investigated. Among the investigated alerts, 342 were validated as suspected cases requiring testing and medical care. In the same week, more than 366 000 travellers were screened. The Ebola response teams remain in place to quickly respond to any flare-up which may occur. Given the long duration and the magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri provinces, there is a risk of re-emergence of the virus in the lead up to the declaration of the end of the outbreak, and for several months following that declaration.

Even with robust surveillance systems, transmission of Ebola virus outside of groups under surveillance can never be definitively excluded. Ebola virus may persist in the body fluids of some survivors of the disease for long. The virus may persist in used injectable equipment (infected needles, syringes or vials) for several weeks. Ebola exists in an animal reservoir in the Ebola-affected region of the DRC, and there is always a risk of a new spillover.

It is the role of the DRC Ministry of Health to make the official declaration of the end of the epidemic. The World Health Organization has provided technical guidance suggesting that, if no other cases are confirmed, the current Ebola outbreak should be declared over after two 21-day incubation periods have passed, starting from the day the last Ebola patient tests negative for the second time and is released from treatment.