The now deputy of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) Mohammed Hamdan Dagolo aka Hemiti or Hemmeti, who shows that his continues to finesse funds with illegal and illicit arms trade to the Central African Republic (CAR). Not just to anyone there as well, he has sold arms and equipment to the FPRC (The Popular Front for the Rebirth of CAR) and UPC (Union for Peace in CAR).
This means that Hemiti has no problem to sell weapons to other armed groups across the Sahel region or even greater Africa. As long as he earns on others misfortune. Don’t believe that a man like this beliefs in peace and such. He is only in it for the long-con and the wealth. That is why the recent news of trading weapons to the CAR.
This shows that his a warlord, that the International Community has embraced with the acknowledgement of the TMC and the whole Post Al-Bashir paradigm. While he does what he did as an enforcer for Al-Bashir, but also does it with more power behind now. As he is a high ranking commander and also state official, not only a militia leader, who does the bidding of the central government. That is worrying, as his now implicated in illicit arms trade.
“FPRC and UPC have continued to acquire weapons, ammunition and pickup vehicles from and/or through Sudanese territory, with the complicity of elements from the Rapid Support Force, which is led by Mohammed Hamdan Dagolo, alias “Hemmeti” (…) “As detailed in annex 4.6, between January and May 2019, new pickup trucks were purchased in Nyala, the Sudan. Vehicles belonging to FPRC and RPRC, some featuring mounted machine guns, were observed in Birao, Bria, Ndélé and Kaga-Bandoro. In January 2019, the Panel observed a strengthened military capacity in Birao, which coincided with tensions between FPRC and RPRC and with the positioning of a reported 60 vehicles and armed Rapid Support Force elements on the Sudanese side of the border” (…) “In late March, 18 FPRC elements, including “Generals” Adoum Kanton, Fadoul Bashar and Kader, travelling in pickup trucks between Nyala, the Sudan and Birao, Central African Republic, were arrested by Sudanese military intelligence in possession of weapons, ammunition and military uniforms purchased in Nyala. Abdoulaye Hissène reportedly purchased at least four of those loaded vehicles (see annex 4.6). On 8 April, Bashar Fadoul, who had been released immediately by the Sudanese military intelligence, and “General” Kingar reportedly returned to Nyala, where they purchased 20 boxes of 7.62×39 mm ammunition and 50 AK-type assault rifles from Rapid Support Force elements” (…) “In early February, immediately after the negotiations in Khartoum, a UPC trafficker also transported 500 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, AK-type assault rifles and ammunition, which he had ordered from individuals in Chad and picked up in Ndélé (see annex 4.7). The trafficker declared that the weaponry was needed to attack MINUSCA armoured personnel carriers in the event of a new military operation. In April 2019, that same trafficker reportedly purchased 260 grenades and grenade launchers in Chad (see annex 4.7). Similar types of grenades have been observed in the Central African Republic since 2010” (UNSC, 2019).
This here says it all. It cannot be understated. That the leadership of Khartoum, the RSF and Hemiti is now officially trading illicit arms and does it without any concern of the people in the Central African Republic. That is the sort of leader Hemiti is.
His actions and decisions to do this, to give the armed groups in CAR the ability to attack the peacekeepers of MINUSCA. That they are getting greater gear, more advanced weaponry, but also the ability to prolong their warfare. This is what the Sudanese government is sponsoring, they are earning fortunes on. Even as there is a arm-embargo with the peace-deal. That didn’t matter, because, the merchants of death doesn’t care. Peace.
(United Nations Security Council – ‘Letter dated 30 July 2019 from the Panel of Experts on the Central African Republic extended pursuant to resolution 2454 (2019) addressed to the President of the Security Council’ 30.07.2019).
In Togo, there are just a day ahead for the Constitutional Referendum on the 16h December 2018, which is supposed to enable President Faure Gnassingbe until 2030 and he has ruled since 5th February 2018. While his father ruled before until then, Eyadama Gnassingbe ruled between 1967 to 2005. Therefore, this up-coming election is to secure the extension of the reign of the one-family in Togo.
We know, the Gnassingbe isn’t messing around, as he has cracked down on opposition and their demonstration. The Republic Guards and Police Officers has attacked, hurt and killed civilians, as they are standing up against the dictatorship.
To make the means even worse, as there is under a week to the ballots and the referendum. There is also elections for the Parliament on the 20h December 2018 combined with referendum on the 16h December 2018. Because of the activity happening on the ground, as the Republic are getting strapped ahead of the polls.
The Togolese Armed Forces on the 13th December 2018 ordered by 15th December 2018 to recruit the soldiers retired from 2010 to 2018, as they are called up for duty. Major General Kadangha Abalo has ordered this in line with ensuring that the Republic and the President can linger on in power. Without hearing the voice and dissidents of that.
This is a signal of how far the Gnassingbe takes it, not only the recent fatal deaths, the dozens injured for demonstrating against the referendum and the President. But now, the retired soldiers of the recent decade is called up. To ensure and secure the safe passage and create more havoc. As the amounts of soldiers and police officers isn’t enough. That is the reality of such an order.
That can also mean, that there will be plenty more of violence, as these retired soldiers are called-up on request to spread fear and also show the amount of force the President does have. As he shows more strength and capabilities as of recruiting them in the hour of need.
They are clearly tooling-up and preparing, that nothing will come in the way of Gnassingbe. Faure plans to stay, even as his people wants him to go. That is why he is arming, even the retired soldiers, which shows how far he takes it to silence them. Peace.
Eyadama Gnassingbe took power of Togo in 1967, since then he ruled until he stopped breathing. Than, his son Faure Gnassingbe took power on the 5th February 2005. Now on the 20th December 2018, the President and his Party is planning to hold a Referendum giving him endless power until the 2030. If Faure would rule that long, his family would have ruled the Togolaise Republic for 63 years. Today in 2018, they have already been in power for 52 years. If that isn’t long enough.
That is why people are demonstrating and speaking out against the injustice, the lack of respect and the government who are clearly self-seeking, family business enterprise, not there to serve the Togolese. With all of that in mind, the Republic have banned demonstrations up to the Referendum and elections both on the 16th December 2018 and 20th December 2018. On the 20th it is the legislative elections, which the opposition says shouldn’t happen during this political crisis. However, the Republic and the President doesn’t mind. They are securing another fake mandate for their power. They are also anticipating that the French and Chinese will support their siege of power. As it has done in the past.
In the mid-1980s the French sent troops to save Eyadama and they did. Because, he is part of their Françafrique. Part of the French Empire and their influence in Lome. As they would be beneficial economically for Paris and also another place to secure loyalty from. That is what the Gnassingbe family has done. Therefore, when in need, they can always call for soldiers from the French to save them in need. Just like in mid-1980s. They could ask for that again, to secure the ballots their way in 2018. Don’t be shocked if Faure does like his father, he learned it all from him.
That is why Gnassingbe and his police officers, his soldiers are killing civilians who demonstrate, the death-count does matter, each of these fallen men and woman, are blood on the hands of the President. Every one of them are causalities, because they are now openly shooting them and executing them. This is really showing the world of the tyranny of Gnassingbe.
Gnassingbe are using soldiers to kill civilians on the streets, as they are throwing tear-gas and shot at protesters, not only in Lome, but across the Republic. This is a crackdown against the opposition in the days ahead of the Referendum to seal the Presidency for Life and also legislative success for the President. As the Opposition has boycotted the elections and haven’t registered themselves for the votes.
Therefore, Gnassingbe are clearly not listening and using illegitimate force, he is sending soldiers and killing people on the street, as they are voicing out their frustration against him and his rule.
Also, the last few days have proven the lack of value of ECOWAS, who let Gnassingbe go off the chains and militarized the streets. As he is planning to rule until 2030. That means he will have had himself 25 years in power. Trying to compete with his father who ruled for 38 years. This because he is changing the Constitution and giving way for 3 more terms this month.
This is really something else and show how Faure plans to grab it all and not give way. That he isn’t the justified ruler or President. He is just the figurehead who orders the military to silence his population. That is what he does.
The Constitutional Amendment shouldn’t be voted over and Faure should resign. Not that either wil happen, but for everyone he kills. Their souls will be forever connected with Gnassingbe, they are his remains and his legacy. They are the stains that pours out every time he writes with his pen. The stains of blood that drips from his hands and blurs his vision. Because their souls will forever cast misfortune over his reign. Peace.
Well, there wasn’t much news or much breaking news in the midst of this Independence Day Speech. However, when it comes to Bosco or Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, he is the king of recycling. I will not even go into that. I don’t have the time or the bother to address it. We want to live and breathe too. Museveni is himself to a T, but that is not securing the state, but solidifying his position. He is really showing his revenge and his wish for all control in this speech. This wasn’t a speech of statesman or a father of a nation. Not that he is either of those, he is the guy that made a coup d’etat and wasted what he inherited by the ones he overcome.
So, with that in mind, Yoseri from Ankoli, what’s up?
A Snippet of the Independence Day Speech:
“On the side of stability, I want to assure Ugandans of their security. The country is generally secure and peaceful, save for the persistent threats and incidents as well as violent criminality. Uganda had a lot of challenges even after the NRM took power. Eventually, by 2007, the UPDF totally defeated Kony, ADF, the other rebel groups and disarmed the Karimojong. Some of the terrorists of ADF as well as other criminal elements, seeing that they could not survive in the rural areas, infiltrated into the towns where we had not fully focused in terms of developing intelligence capacity. As a consequence, we had 7 Sheiks assassinated as well as Major Kiggundu, Joan Kagezi, AIGP Kaweesi Susan Magara, Abiliga and Kirumira of recent” (Museveni, 09.10.2018).
That he said he has defeated Kony and LRA is not true, they are just not in his territory. The LRA are still existing to a degree and causing havoc in the Central African Republic. Neither is the destruction of the ADF, which he always blames for crimes and terrorism in the Republic. They are even blamed for the death of Kirumira and who knows for Abiriga, when that comes up. ADF are still in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Therefore, these security measures are not fulfilled, secondly all these assassination and killings are not proving that the Republic is safer, but otherwise. Certainly, no one can say that Operation Thunder in the DRC in 2008 was a success, only if you rewriting history and forget losing a military helicopter over nothing.
An extract of what was said at the CCTV Launch:
“These killers must be afraid that Uganda is rising, which is why they are murdering our people to scare us. However, we shall defeat them. People who trust God like me are never shaken by lice. When you want to wage war, you should come and declare. The Killers have touched the Leopard’s tail and the will see. But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water. They came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”…But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” The killers in town do not have the capacity to fight, but to hide like mosquitoes. This forced us to install cameras, to be our nose, ears and eyes. I was even able to see those who eat sugar canes and litter the streets.” (Museveni, 09.10.2018).
Certainly, he pounds on security and today he unveiled the CCTV Cameras and the Surveillance Centre of the state, which was new on Independence Day. It is a nice effort after promising for dozens of elections and plenty of rallies over the years. That he finally could show it off. However, this is not the ones that solves all crimes. If so, in the city of most CCTV Cameras there wouldn’t be crimes committed or even unsolvable crimes, alas, there is and the Kampala Metropolitan Police should co-operate with London Metropolitan Police to learn from their years of experience and how to use the CCTV. Because they are the city with the most cameras.
Clearly, this has all hurt his pride, as he knows these killings are leaving a deadly stench on his hands. As the old sins are buried, but not forgotten, however, easier to get away with. Now, the fresh wounds are in the open and these mechanisms can make him look a bit good, however, that train is a bit late. The flight has already taken-off and his time is over. It is just like he doesn’t accept that, as the President thinks he can still micro-mange things. Nevertheless, he cannot, because he even back-talk what people are doing.
He even talked down people eating sugarcane and if your complaining about littering and garbage in the streets, why haven’t you made a substantial budget, put in the efforts to give money and polices to clean Kampala and secure that the waste is already gone? You haven’t even invested in bins or garbage trucks. So, let this people eat their sugarcane, not like you cared before you watched for a hot minute today on the screens.
Bosco, should get serious, but that opportunity has left us a long time ago. He is just winging it and hoping it doesn’t fail him. Spending on cronies and wasting government funds like there is no tomorrow. Peace.
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel
It is now new effort to stifle the voices of opposition against the second generation dictator of Togo. This time the Togolese government is silencing the people, because the President Faure Gnassingbe whose planning his third term and extend the family rule from 1967 until oblivion. The Second Generation Dictator Gnassingbe has held his reign since 2005. Therefore, he has already held power for over 13 years.
That is why he misuses the power, because he has inherited it and doesn’t respect the people, since never had too. This is the reason for the Togolese oppression. Gnassingbe is acting as an entitled brat, who uses power to silence and stop the public from addressing their concerns. That is why the police is arresting and detaining civilians as they protest the injustice of this rule.
That is why this is issued now:
“The government of Togo has banned street demonstrations for the next eight days, during a period when a series of regional activities would be held in the country. The ban will be in effect from Monday, July 23, to August 1. Yark Damehane, Togo’s Minister of Security and Civil Protection, said demonstrations are prohibited “in order to reserve a warm welcome to the illustrious guests and to guarantee the serenity of the work”. Togo will host the first-ever joint summit of the Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC) on July 30, 2018. This meeting will be followed by the ECOWAS Ordinary Summit the next day” (Newsbreak.ng, 2018).
We can hope that the Togolese demonstrations continues, especially when the ECOWAS is visiting, as the President is the Chairman of the ECOWAS for the moment. It would be humiliating and insulting to his pride, if there was a functioning sit-down strikes, making ghost-towns and also demonstrations in the street. If the police brutality and violence appear during the ECOWAS, this demonstrations will be put on stage world-wide, they will not just be a domestic issue.
That is what is needed, that the Togo Debout is acting up, even as the demonstrations are barred. The Togolese Army will certainly shut it down, just as the police would do too. But it will be humiliating and make the screams for liberation from the shackles of the Gnassingbe family, whose been ruling the Togolese Republic since 1967. That is the reason why the public is tired of being taken for granted.
It is a not a family business, but a republic. A republic that deserves governance and transparency, where the people are respected and ruled by representatives they are picking. Not just the loyalist and cronies of one family.
Faure Gnassingbe and the family doesn’t own, Togo, even if they act like it. Gnassingbe should understand that, but entitlement and arrogance is in the way. The Togolese deserves and has the right to demonstrate for a just society and rulers they picks. Not something you inherit, they should have the ability to elect the righteous leader. Peace.
Newsbreak.ng – ‘Togo Bars Protests Ahead Of ECOWAS Summit’ 22.07.2018 link: https://www.newsbreak.ng/2018/07/togo-bars-protests-ahead-of-ecowas-summit/
The Movement for Liberation of Congo (MLC) Jean Pierre Bemba, who has been charged with War-Crimes as multiple rape and killings in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) between 2002-2003. Have now this week gotten a favorable verdict in the International Criminal Court (ICC). By everything written in the Court Documents. The verdict is challenging the Trial Courts predetermination and the lack of evidence to back the supposed crimes Bemba committed. Even if all the crimes of MLC did in CAR. The evidence and the affidavits are not clear enough to indict him or prosecute him. That is why he is freed from the charges in this case against him. Though he has been charged with Witness Tampering, that might be a lead into why the verdict became what it is. As the ICC cannot establish legal grounds for his crimes. They are out of jurisdiction and out of order, to charge him and detain him, when the lack of evidence is there.
This here is a failure of previous ICC Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who indicted Bemba on the 13th October 2010 for dozens of War-Crimes counts of Rape, Murder, Pillaging and Crimes Against Humanity. If he had collected the evidence properly and haven’t let Bemba and associates off the hook. He wouldn’t have given Bemba the ability to tamper with the evidence. That is especially worrisome after he was caught in Belgium in 2008 and indicted in 2010. Later on the 19th October 2016 for crime of witness tampering in connection with the Bemba-Trial. That could give the ICC rights to keep Bemba in inside for 5 years. However, he has been behind bars since 2008. Therefore, the verdict today is dire to the ones that was in the midst of the MLC fire in Central African Republic in the time period of 2002-2003.
First, I will show what was written by the Witness tampering that the Bemba team did, before we look into the reason for the favorable verdict for Bemba. Let’s look!
di Rossella Pulvirenti wrote:
“After a meticulous reconstruction of the facts, the ICC concluded that Mr Bemba, who was detained in the Scheveningen prison at that time, gave directives on the content and the modalities of witnesses’ testimonies. He was helped by Kilolo, who implemented Bemba’s instructions. He illicitly coached and prepared defence witnesses in consultation with Mangenda, who liaised between Mr Bemba and Mr Kilolo. Almost all the fourteen defence witnesses received either money, other valuable goods or non-monetary promises as a ‘gift’ or a ‘token’ shortly before their testimonies before the ICC in the main case. In exchange for those ‘gifts’, witnesses were suppose to provide false testimony declaring that Bemba’s Movement for the Liberation of Congo military was not responsible for the alleged crimes and that the Congolese army was under the command of Central African generals” (…) “Trial Chamber VII condemned Bemba, Kilolo and Mangenda, as co-perpetrators, for corruptly influencing fourteen witnesses, giving false testimony and presenting evidence that they knew was false. Moreover, Bemba was found guilty of soliciting fourteen witnesses to provide false testimony, Kilolo was convicted for inducing those witnesses to give false testimony and Mangenda was found responsible of aiding and abetting the giving of false testimony by, respectively, two and seven defence witnesses. Mangenda was found not guilty of having aided, abetted or otherwise assisted Bemba and Kilolo in convincing the other five witnesses to provide false testimony. Finally, Babala was found guilty for aiding the other defendants for corrupting two of the fourteen defence witnesses. Finally, Arido was convicted of corruptly influencing four defence witnesses” (di Rossella Pulverinti – ‘The first case on witness tampering at the International Criminal Court: conviction for Bemba and four of his associates’ – GIURISPRUDENZA PENALE WEB, 2016, 11).
Outtakes from the Verdict on the 8th June 2018:
“Importantly, the Trial Chamber failed to properly analyse this evidence and address its potentially extremely low probative value. The Trial Chamber also failed to give even an indication of the approximate number of crimes that were committed at these locations. Thus, beyond the low number of individual instances of crimes found to have been established beyond reasonable doubt, it is unclear how widespread the criminal behaviour of the MLC troops in the 2002-2003 CAR Operation was; and, as a corollary, it is difficult to assess the proportionality of the measures taken. Furthermore, the Appeals Chamber notes the apparent discrepancy between the limited number of crimes for which Mr Bemba was held responsible under article 28 and the Trial Chamber’s assessment of the measures Mr Bemba should have taken, which appears to have been based on the much broader and more general ‘finding’ by the Trial Chamber concerning widespread MLC criminality in the CAR. Indeed, a finding that the measures deployed by a commander were insufficient to prevent or repress an extended crime wave, for example five hundred crimes, does not mean that these measures were also insufficient to prevent or repress the limited number of specific crimes, for example 20 crimes, for which the commander is ultimately convicted” (ICC-01/05-01/08-3636-Red 08-06-2018 75/80 EC A).
“Had the Trial Chamber properly assessed the measures that Mr Bemba took and 193.had the Trial Chamber properly considered the list of measures that it stated that Mr Bemba could have taken in light of the limitations that he faced in the specific circumstances in which he was operating, it would not have been open to it to reach the same conclusion. The errors the Trial Chamber made resulted in an unreasonable assessment of whether Mr Bemba failed to take all necessary and reasonable measures in the circumstances existing at the time” (ICC-01/05-01/08-3636-Red 08-06-2018 75/80 EC A).
“In these circumstances, the Appeals Chamber considers it appropriate to reverse 197.the conviction of Mr Bemba and to declare that the criminal acts listed above at paragraph 116 are outside the scope of this case and that the proceedings in that regard are discontinued” (ICC-01/05-01/08-3636-Red 08-06-2018 75/80 EC A).
You can clearly see that there is technicalities from the ICC that is the reason for the verdict. If the case was differently, if the Trial Chamber had collected their evidence and affidavits correctly. The case would have been differently, secondly, if the Bemba-Team was already charged with tampering with witnesses in the case. All of that would most likely make a difference for the case. However, the ICC are themselves to blame that Bemba is off the hook.
They have not done their job properly in the collecting of evidence, neither affidavits from witnesses. They have not done it after the statutes. That is why the MLC and Bemba possibly gotten away with their actions in the CAR.
It is not yet over, but this shows how important the collection of evidence, witness statements (affidavits) and actually have the ability to present the case after the statutes of the Court. Peace.
The Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo wasn’t going into a ready made process to generate an agreement between government under President Faure Gnassingbe, who has had no ideal or plan of any reconciliation with the opposition. Gnassingbe has worked against the opposition party and hold it silent and not addressed it for months. While the opposition rallies been going on for months, non-stop, even if the government continue to harass and detain activists.
So if you have had feeling that the negotiations and dialogue has only been to give legitimacy for Gnassingbe, than we are on accord. It is the sort of ploy to make the protesters and the demonstrations seemingly foolish. While what happens on the backdoor meetings could deliver some sort of paper, saying that the government will deliver a little change, but not step-down. The opposition are supposed to accept it, because it was a minor concession from Gnassingbe. Even if he didn’t step-down as the public wants, since the family dynasty of the Gnassingbe has to stop. That should be the nail in the coffin. So that means, the address of Gnassingbe, would be to make a succession within his party and not continue to rule.
Buzz du Togo reported this:
“In the past, the government managed to never apply the agreements it had signed, Antoine Bawa points. The Ghanaian mediation is respected by both parties, but will it have the means to enforce the agreement? ” Remains the solution of the Togolese army as guarantor of the transition process. It does not participate at this stage in the dialogue. “He is a key player in Togo, but unfortunately discredited by his brutality and his unfailing loyalty to Gnassingbe,” said Comi Toulabor. Façade optimism displayed by both sides for opening dialogue threatens to flake off quickly” (BuzzduTogo, 2018).
Clearly, the opposition had no faith in the dialogue, since the government doesn’t hold their deals and agreement. Togolese has all rights to now faith in it, as long as they have demonstrated, the police and army has violated their rights to protest. People has been hurt, killed and detained for using their words. So, the trust in Gnassingbe isn’t there and they have the rights to question him. His agenda is to prolong his stay in power and not give way.
The Togolese state isn’t a family affair, even if Gnassingbe acts that way and thinks he can get away with it. That is why the dialogue will have no results and the activists will continue to prosper and get more people on the streets. Even if the authorities ban them, like they banned concerts at the beaches. They can ban it all and officially stop it. However, the voices of the people will only be heard in the streets. Because Gnassingbe will not step down easily.
That the dialogue had a mission to address the social-political questions of the protests. It is evident what the problem is and it is one man in general. In linage of people who thinks they have a right to rule the Republic. They are paying the army and paying the security officials to keep the people at bay, but not build institutions or state facilities to build a better republic. That is evident, that the one-family rule of Togo has to stop. The whole reason for the protest, for the people to be free of the shackles of Gnassingbe.
The mediator has to see, it is chronic problem of one man and his elite of the whole state, while the public are struggling with bare minimum. That is the reality and it is not just. The society will change with leaders not ruling their because of family ties, but because of expertise and legitimacy from the public. Neither is there now, just the elite and cronies. The Togolese deserve better. Peace.
BuzzduTogo – ‘Togo: révélations du journal français Libération sur le dialogue en cours’ (23.02.2018) link: http://buzzdutogo.com/togo-revelations-du-journal-francais-liberation-sur-le-dialogue-en-cours/