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Opinion: Trump has bleached his message

We know that Trump isn’t a doctor, he has sold Vodka, Stakes, ruined casinos, ran a fake University and was a Reality TV Star before he run for Office. So, its not like the man has any capacity or idea of how an pandemic is working. He is still only looking into TV Ratings, instead of the needs of the Health Care System. That is the mere reality of the US right now.

Donald J. Trump is a hack, he is a snake-oil salesman, who will soon use the government system to sell vitamins through the White House. That is the sort of man he is and if not, one of his family members will exploit the situation. If not Jared will do something to gain out of the little window opened by the old man in the Oval Office.

So, with this week statement, he continues his reckless behaviour. He has done this for weeks for now. He has sold a medicine, he has invested in and ensured the ones with lupus and malaria doesn’t get the medicine. There been small testing, but not a scientific systematic testing of it towards the COVID-19 or Coronavirus.

This is the second in line, as he sold that medicine for so long as a cure without proof. Now, he comes with bleach or disinfectant into injection to clean your system. That sounds like a health care disaster. It is a reason why the labels and companies writes that its not drink this or get it in the eyes. However, the cleaning material is for the floors, furniture and whatnot to clean the surface, but not digest.

President Trump is reckless, when the producers of Lysol and Dettol is stating “Please don’t drink our cleaning products”. When they got to this in 2020 you know you have issues. The ones who does going to get poisoned … and that shouldn’t be a thing, but apparently it is. There are even reports of some who has done it and who knows how it will go with them.

Donald is risking people’s lives, because he wants them to injection of bleach. So, this is a continued aspiration of the President. Instead of securing the public, getting good advice from experts and the ones who has knowledge of pandemics. However, he listens to his gut feelings and his profit margins. That is what he does, lives doesn’t matter, as long as the President and his men is earning profits.

That is how it seems. That is why the President can even send Ventilators to Russia, but couldn’t do that on behalf of the Stockpile to the hard-hit states. As they were all on their own, and they were a back-up. Surely, seems by the remarks, the Washington DC is a backup to New York, but a close friend of Mother Russia. How could people forget that?

So, now that he has bleached the message, configured the means and instead of using his means. Instead of securing the states and their needs within the crushing spread of the virus. He is instead awaiting praise and kissing the ring. Because, if you do, you might get some favours your way, but if you kick and scream like the Head of State – you get none. That is what the world also learned. His the next Wannabe Tin-Pot Dictator who uses time on the greens, instead of doing work in his office. That is what he does and why he loves himself. He doesn’t care if people dies, unless that is Ivanka. Then he would mourn and call it a tragedy.

Donald has misused his office, they are now downplaying the remarks, but when companies have to send out extra warnings. You know people follow him like blind sheep. You should be able to not microwave your cat, even if it doesn’t say so on the package. Still, there are people who would do that. Just like some are drinking or injecting the bleach. It shouldn’t be a thing, but it is.

If you find this dumb. Then your on the money. However, people are dumber and dumber, apparently. President Trump and his team shouldn’t just call it sarcastic, because it wasn’t. His not doing his bid for SNL or Stephen Colbert. His the God Damn President and its a reason why people are reporting his words and his remarks. Therefore, he should be careful. But it wasn’t sarcastic. Since, he never is, but a human being lacking emotions or care. That is how this President operates.

Donald should act differently, but he cannot do that. His an old dog and that dog cannot learn new tricks. That is proven. Peace.

Opinion: Trump wants to be the man on the moon

If you believed they put a man on the moon

Man on the moon” R.E.M. – ‘Man on the Moon’ 1992

We are in the middle of a Coronavirus / COVID-19 epidemic crisis in the Republic and Worldwide. What does the President Trump and his team do? They write up a Executive Order to Mine the Moon. This is not a skit from Saturday Night Live. The Trump Administration is clearly showing their mismanaged ways with this.

This EO was written and published on the 6th April 2020. At a time the death numbers are rising, the amount of cases of COVID-19 is spiralling out. The United States of America is in the midst of crisis the Trump administration cannot handle. That is why the President is holding erratic press conferences. Instead of governing, because that takes work, listening to advice of experts and actually using the institutions that is there too.

Trump could have used the Defence Act to get the US companies to produce the needed ventilators, PPE equipment and everything else needed for the crisis. However, Trump only did that once to one Company and did it super late. Also, he never listened to warnings for months. Neither, did he use the Pandemic Team, which he dismantled and also cut the funds to the CDC. Therefore, it was a perfect storm.

That is why now has made a random Task Force, but its more a display team of loyal cronies and family members, than experts doing their duties. Because, if they try to, they will be stopped by infighting and lack of coordination. There is no coordination between FEMA, CDC and the White House. It is a patchwork attempt to beat an enemy. Which Trump neither understands or grasps.

He even cannot show real emotions, as he wants people to forget the ones that dies. He writes this as he written an Executive Order to Mine on the Moon. Stop International Treaties in Space. Because, the possible prospects of Fortunes on a far away Moon is better than nothing. Even if the ability or industrial efforts is at bare minimum. Unless, he has some alien forefathers that got the Tesseract to amplify the production of NASA.

Trump is misguided and lacks skills of governing, that he does this in the midst of a pandemic. That the President issues this and priorities this as citizens dies. As hospitals are struggling and the pandemic creates lockdowns all across the Republic. That a President wants to play George Lucas and Han Solo.

Instead here we are, we’re seeing this nonsense. Seeing the acts of mischief and distaste. A man who rather golf and score babes, than actually govern. A man who cares more about ratings on TV, than on saving lives. More about quick profits for his companies, than delivering life-saving policies. That is the President of the USA.

Why care for people, when you can eat cheese on the moon with Wallace and Gromit. Peace.

Opinion: Weah’s Corruption pledge is gone missing like a shipping container

President George Weah has only have had two years in office. Still, by that little time he has had some huge scandals. Lost containers and lost funds, which was supposed to get into circulation. Newly minted and pressed currency, which just happens to disappear. So, its not like the lack of belief is there. Well, it’s because of the way he has played this game. The way he has tried to circumvent the rules and not getting a card.

President Weah haven’t delivered, when billions have gone missing, when hundreds of millions of Liberian Dollars get lost from the port in Monrovia, as the authorities are supposed to take the millions into circulation in 2018. The same can be said about the unaccounted funds and incentives in 2019. Therefore, him pledging a battle against it now. Seems a bit like lingo to catch the crowds, but not his actions on the pitch.

Outtake from the State of the Union 2020:

“My Administration will continue to intensify the fight against corruption, which remains prevalent in our society and continues to negatively impact growth and development. Many believe this to be an unchangeable way of life here in Liberia. I think otherwise. I believe that we will succeed in our fight against corruption and will bring to justice relevant individuals and corporations who have and continue to defraud Liberia. To this end, we have hired the expertise of a world-renowned Asset Recovery firm to assist our local team to carry out a professional excercise to recover Liberia’s wealth stolen over many decades. Additionally, we will continue to show political will in the fight against waste and abuse of our national resources, as we have shown in recent times when a managing director and other high profile officials were dismissed, arrested and sent to court to vindicate themselves from accusations of corruption. There will be no sacred cows as we take stronger measures to end this societal menace” (George Weah – State of the Union, 27.01.2020).

I have a hard time seeing it, as the scandals are huge, they are the status of Grand Corruption. Not the belittling of folks trespassing and feeding a hungry police officer. No, this is the shipment of currency from abroad. Surely, the same can happen in any ministry and department too. When the first of the gate, before even getting circulation, the Liberian Dollars are tainted with corrupt behaviour. That is how dire the cause is. The money cannot even move from the Central Bank to the public before touched and out of bound. That is how serious the issues are.

Weah can scream and shout like a pissed off manager. He can act a fool, but the realities is that his battling himself and his authorities. Because, currency moved to the port and within the bounds of the Port Authorities and still gone missing. Show, that there are enough stakeholders combined with the inner circle of bankers, ministry of finance and possibly the office of the President who knows about this movement. So, they know these shipments get lost.

It wasn’t an direct theft of a vault, robbing a bank, no, it was well-planned inside trade and bazaar of the cash coming in. They didn’t even need to rob the bank or violently overtake a cash-transport. They just took the first landing and started eating right there. It is a robbery, but a sophisticated one, as they all know when it comes and who signs off on the shipment. While no one get to answer for the misgivings and sudden “loss” of a fortune. Which was a asset of the state, until it get into circulation.

Weah knows this, but acts like he doesn’t, its insincere. Like were all are dumb and not catching the whiff of smoke. When there is smoke, it is fire and in this instance it’s a steal. We can act like its not, but that wouldn’t be sincere. So, in that regard, Mr. Weah. Please get your act right. We are crying foul, you deserve a card, a red one, but do the right thing and stop the thieving. Really stop it; the words are meaningless as long as money keep disappearing. Peace.

Opinion: Weah’s own goal

President George Weah of Liberia needs to take it easy. Stop for a little moment. Think of why the economy isn’t booming and why the state of things are becoming more troubling. This should be his worry. To fix, ensure that he has the right people around him and not let the rampant corruption continue. Which is the reason for the opposition to pin things on him.

Like Weah should handle this situation, unless his in on it and getting kick-backs too. That would explain why he isn’t doing anything about this: “One of such persons who is revered for the design, operation and protection of such fraudulent scheme in the Liberia Revenue Authority especially of late, is Saa Saamoi, the Customs Commissioner. Mr. Saamoi and others at the LRA have for long used the “duty free” privilege administered by the customs section under the Department of customs to take money from importers in the name of bringing charity goods to the country. One classic scheme in which Mr Saamoi and others have clearly defrauded the system of thousands of dollars was when- Sabaru Enterprise located in Redlight, Paynesville, obtained permit from the Ministry of Commerce and BIVAC to import 15 containers (7,500 bags) of flour into Liberia” (Aaron T. Massaquoi – ‘Liberia: Unveiling Saa Saamoi the “Ghost” in LRA Swallowing Gov’t Revenue under the Cloud of Darkness As Thousands of Civil Servants Go Unpaid for Months’ 06.10.2019).

That is if Weah cares about the tax-base, the money generating activities that can build a sustainable nation. Unless, his more preoccupied with feeding himself and his cronies. What he might be proactively doing. Since, the freshest news isn’t good governance or care for the state. No, its silencing critics.

On Thursday, the Roots FM got closed by the state for its controversial radio show The Costa Show, which is known for critiquing the President. That has clearly hit some feelings and hurt the pride of the President. This is why the President sent the police and ex-rebel “General Power” closed the radio. Ceased broadcasting equipment and other things in the raid of the radio. Surely, this was all done as a sign of what the state will do its critics. But everyone cannot afford to trade their services “duty free”.

Weah shouldn’t think his so wise, that he can get rid of the people behind the Costa Show or anything else. Not like the President has answered the Council of Patriots calls earlier, but not that its has the ability to stay relevant for long either. Maybe, that was Weah’s gamble on that one.

However, Weah shouldn’t silence his critics, he should answer them with actions and speeches. He should answer them with the same coin. Even if they are steady bashing him 24/7. His in office serving the ones that praise him and the ones that loathes him. That comes with the office he serves.

In addition, its only weakness seeing the Roots FM and The Costa Show being silenced. When, the state state is too easy to question. When there is enough cronies and questionable acts done. Than, the critics can just blindly follow the money and the lack of it. They can just pin-point the lacking institutional procedure, the lack of protocol and the sudden ghosts. If that is too easy. Than, the the Weah administration should look into that. Not go after the messenger.

Weah went for the ones spreading the word to the grapevine. Not the ones who did the deed or even shared the spoils. No, he send his enforcers to the ones broadcasting the acts of his government. This is a sign, that the office he has is to big for him. Since, he cannot muster or have the credibility to carry its weight. That he got to use the power, the influence and the officers of the state to cease a radio station.

That is the Weah of 2019. Weah of 2019 needs to chill or if not, he needs to fix what his government is missing. Because, clearly by his actions. There is a lot and its not the Roots FM fault. It is all of his own. Peace.

Press Release: UK government to fund the Virunga park hydro-electric network and Congolese electoral process (09.03.2016)

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The UK Government announced a funding of the hydro-electric network of the Virunga Park and the Congolese electoral process. 

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 9, 2016– It is through the UK Minister for Africa at the Department for International Development that the United Kingdom has announced an investment of up to $9 million, in the form of a loan, to the rural electrification programme of Virunga National Park, North Kivu.

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony at Matebe in Rutshuru – the site of a 13MW hydro-power facility constructed with grant funds from the Howard G Buffett Foundation – in the presence of North Kivu’s Vice-Governor, the Provincial Minister for Energy, the Director General of the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), representatives of civil society, private and public sector, and a representative of the British financial development institution (CDC), which is providing the loan with capital made available by the UK Department for International Development.

In his speech, Minister Nick Hurd stressed the impact that the achievement of objective 7 of the sustainable development goals – access to green energy – could have on the lives of the poorest and stressed the UK’s willingness to support it. To this effect he mentioned the “Energy for Africa” campaign, launched by the British Government on 22 October 2015. This campaign aims to speed up access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa and to achieve universal access by 2030.

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On his visit the Minister also announced additional UK funding of £11.4m for the DRC’s electoral process. Announcing this support, the Minister expressed concerns about the political situation, including the delay in organising the elections within the constitutional deadline. He said during an interview: “We note that deadlines set out in the electoral calendar of February 2015 have been missed. We call on the government, the electoral commission, and all parties to the DRC electoral process to take the necessary steps without further delay to ensure that elections due under the DRC constitution, in particular the presidential and legislative elections, take place as soon as possible”. He also called for respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights to ensure a peaceful political climate.

U.S. Mission Press Release: U.S. Hands over National Health Laboratory to Ministry of Health (15.01.2016)

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KAMPALAThe U.S. Government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), transferred the recently completed construction of the National Health Laboratory in Kampala to the Ministry of Health on Friday, January 15.  U.S. Mission Uganda’s Chargé d’Affaires Trish Mahoney and Minister of State Chris Baryomunsi presided at the handover ceremony.

The National Health Laboratory project began in 2012 when the Ministry of Health requested the assistance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support the construction of a laboratory to address critical gaps in Uganda’s health service delivery system.  Funding for the National Health Laboratory construction came from CDC and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR.  Construction began in 2013, and the more than $8 million facility is now completed and has been transferred to the Ministry of Health.

The National Health Laboratory will strengthen all of Uganda’s health systems by providing a valuable resource for the detection, control and ongoing surveillance of the diseases which impact the health and productivity of Ugandans.  While the priority of this new facility will be HIV diagnosis, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and viral load monitoring capacity, many other disease areas and health needs will benefit from this lab.  The Ministry’s sickle cell and Hepatitis B virus screening and the WHO-supported meningitis, cholera and typhoid screening program will make use of this facility.   The National Health Laboratory could also be used for confirmation of bacterial disease outbreaks and for malaria diagnostics.

At the handover ceremony, Chargé d’Affaires Trish Mahoney noted, This building represents our partnership with the people of Uganda and our commitment to helping Uganda build its future. We will continue to work with the Government of Uganda and the Ministry of Health in the coming years to strengthen Uganda’s health infrastructure and ensure it becomes strong, efficient and self-sustaining.”

For additional information, please contact:

Dorothy Nanyonga

Information Assistant

U.S. Mission Uganda

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