If there is a brother on the continent, if there is a head of state, which shouldn’t run for a third term. Alassane Ouattara who ran a campaign and supposedly won in November 2010. Which was contested and the second round the state rigged it for a third term for Laurent Gbagbo. A man who has served time after violence against humanity and has returned to the Republic of Ivory Coast.
Now, because the man that Ouattara had named his successor died recently. He has this week said his running for the Presidency yet again. By doing this, he is running for the third term. A thing that he went to war to stop.
Gbagbo tried to cling on to power. In a manner, which created big massacres and Ouattara used a para-military approach to hunt after Gbagbo people. There was a four month long civil-war. Ouattara used military means for months o ensure that he got power after the elections in 2010.
Now, the man who did this in early 2011. Why are you doing the same thing in the middle of 2020? While making it impossible for former Prime Minister Guillaume Kigbafori Soro to run in 2020. This is just the same sort thing of previous leadership would do and him in exile says a lot.
So, if Ouattara went to civil war for an old man staying to long in power and rigging himself into power for a third time. It doesn’t help his cause, that he blocks a big-shot opposition in exile. His just another brother misusing his office and extending his reign by all means. Yes, for a hot minute there was a successor, but he doesn’t have trust in anyone else to takeover from him now?
That Ouattara is running for the 31st October 2020. This is hist third term now. He made himself a New Force to force Gbagbo out of office. Now, he is not willing to concede and let others run. That is why I am mentioning Soro, because his the proof that his abiding by the same principals as Gbagbo did. At this point … Ouattara is willing to do the same to stay in power.
To cling to power. Just a decade later his doing the same thing. Surely, his willing to make another war to be the man in office. So, if he claimed Gbagbo was a criminal and a killer. I am sure that Ouattara could do the same to stay here he is.
Ivory Coast deserves better. Ouattara will only create speculation, if he was sincere to let ex-Prime Minister Gon Coulibaly’s untimely death. If he was involved in it or had a hand in it. As it is so fitting for him to get yet another term.
While we know, that Ouattara will not have accepted that in the end of 2010 or in early 2011. However, he expect people to cheer for him in 2020. When his doing the same and blocking the ones who are a force to be reckoned with. If he was anticipating a walkover, he would have let Soro run as well. However, that is not the case, because we know that this man is not willing to give up his office or his titles.
Ouattara are now running for a third and its the beginning of a Presidency for Life. Peace.
The World Bank working paper named ‘Elite Capture of Foreign Aid – Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts’, which was finally released yesterday is a devastating read. Not because of the facts in it, but because of the extent of the misuse and theft of aid money. The World Bank are now proving by small samples how much of their loans, grants and funds, which is given by donors to the WB, which happens to be moved to tax havens by the regimes that needs it. That is eating of the plate of the poorest and living lavish on others people’s dime.
Just in the Annex, the truth really comes forward, where it is only a small samples, but showing the distasteful enterprise still. Like from table one. You can see that a certain amount of African countries have taken out huge funds into havens deposits and non-haven deposits.
The report explains this about the table one: “The table shows the 22 countries in our main sample and presents summary statistics for the main variables in our analysis. The sample includes all countries for which annual disbursements from the World Bank are equivalent to at least 2 percent of annual GDP on average. Sample mean is the average of the 22 countries in the sample. Annual WB aid (% of GDP) is annual disbursements from the World Bank as a fraction of annual GDP. Annual ODA aid (% of GDP) is annual Official Development Assistance (ODA) from all sources as a fraction of annual GDP. Haven deposits is foreign deposits held in the 17 countries classified as havens. Non-haven deposits is foreign deposits held in the countries not classified as havens” (World Bank Feb 2020).
|Nation||Haven (million USD)||Non-Haven (million USD)|
|Sao Tome and Principe||4||8|
When you add into the A6 Table of the modestly aid-dependent countries. You see yet more African countries, where the money a flowing out of the coffers. Where surely not all aid is going where its supposed too.
The report explains table A6 like this: “The table shows the 24 countries for which annual disbursements from the World Bank are between 1% and 2% of annual GDP on average. is the average of the 24 countries in the sample. Annual WB aid (% of GDP) is annual disbursements from the World Bank as a fraction of annual GDP. Sample mean is the average of the 22 countries in the sample. WB aid disbursements is annual disbursements from the World Bank as a fraction of annual GDP. Annual ODA aid (% of GDP) is annual Official Development Assistance (ODA) from all sources as a fraction of annual GDP. Haven deposits is foreign deposits held in the 17 countries classified as havens. Non-haven deposits is foreign deposits held in the countries not classified as havens” (World Bank Feb 2020).
|Nation||Haven (million USD)||Non-Haven (million USD)|
|Central African Republic||18||53|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||910||93|
Without going into deep technicalities of these operations, neither how the World Bank came through these numbers. We can see there is a staggering amount of funds that disappear and goes missing. Which was supposed to go to development or directly to support the state functions. Which happens to end up in tax-havens, surely by someone closely associated with the state or heads of state. Since, these sorts of amounts couldn’t have left the nations without the approval of the executive or head of state.
We can also clearly see, that some aid is directly feeding the rich and keeping tax-havens alive. Giving them financial stimulus and also covering the expenses of the elites in the respective places. There is certainly a mismanagement and a need for more oversight from the World Bank. But also more mechanisms to stop the misuse of aid. If it is supposed to help and not just create a very vastly elite in the nation in question. Because, with this sort of operations, they have clearly achieved that. Peace.