Tchad: Haute Autorite des Media et de l’Audiovisuel (HAMA) – Communique de Presse No. 11 (30.11.2020)

Tchad: Union des Syndicats du Tchad (U.S.T) – Communique de Presse (28.11.2020)

Tchad: Procureur Général lettre de SYNAPGREF – Objet: Lettre d’excuses (26.11.2020)

Opinion: NRM lacks 336 billion shillings for Village Radios

The government plan for long-distance learning through the provision of the 9 million radios sets is on course, the money is available and those radios will be provided” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (20.09.2020).

In the upcoming Budget Supplementary No. 3 of the Financial Year of 2020/2021. In the 19th edition of the COVID-19 Speeches this year on the 20th September 2020. In the supplementary budget however, they are stating the troubles with both the procurement and the timeline of offering the village radios to the general public.

First of Orion Transformers & Electrics, the producer doesn’t even make radios of yet. They are making electrical transformers. The company needs a lot of training to shift their production. It will take up to 6 months before starting the production at OTE. The planning from Ministry of Education is already have an impossible timeline. As the state is supposed to be able to give 2 million radios in January 2021 and February 2021. So, that the radio learning program can start in March 2021. However, that is impossible, as we are in November 2020 and with the timeline of 6 months means OTE could earliest start production in May 2021. Which means the whole project is futile.

The other things is that this would cost 336.8 billion shillings to make the radios locally. The Ministry have also found no funds to make it possible to procure the radios. This means, the whole thing is impossible. Just like everyone of us said in September after the promise was made by the President.

A big big promise, but no execution or idea on how to actually do it. The only way the Government of Uganda could have made it happen. Was if they we’re able to get some of the United Nations Organizations hooked on the idea and they are covering the funds for the procurement. After that their logistics and such are able to transfer the radios across the Republic. That would be imported goods or radios. Not Build Uganda Buy Ugandan (BUBU). Still, it would benefit the general public and the needs for long distance learning. Which was the idea in the first place.

Just that the Supplementary Budget had the post in the paper shows how much work they put into this foolish enterprise. As everyone knew it wouldn’t stick. The government wouldn’t have the funds or capabilities to handle this. They are still lacking funds to keep old promises and funds to cover those as well.

The GoU with the NRM at the helm isn’t ready for this sort of affair. It is just to much work and needs a team who knows logistics, electronics and has the capability to use funds wisely. Not just handpick one company and hope they can solve the whole issue.

It is easily to see that this was bound to fail. The whole promise was empty hubris with no sort of idea how to implement it. The President wanted to talk big-game, but have no cards on his hands to win. Therefore, he hope the bluff would work. However, we all should see how his failing and how his government is pathetic.

Instead of promising within its means and acting fiscal responsible. The Presidential idea of greatness isn’t working. That is why this was bound to fail… Village radios won’t happen on the government dime. They will not invest and neither act upon it. These folk cannot manage it or have the funds to pay the engineers and technicians to fix it. Peace.

Tchad: Field Marshal Déby for life

In N’Djamena, the capital of Tchad the President since 2nd December 1990 is now known as the Field Marshal (maréchal) of Tchad, Idriss Déby Itno, President of the Republic, the head of state (chef d’État).

This is Idriss Déby Itno who today on the 10th November 2020 proclaimed that his standing for yet another term in April 2021. This is another term in office after being the head of state for 31 years. Tchad is clearly lacking manpower and people with skills. Since they need the same man for so long.

Déby helped a coup in the 1982, but years later himself fled to Sudan in exile because of another foiled coup in 1989, but achieved his goals in 1990. Since then he has reigned supreme in the Republic. Where he has changed the laws and ensured his reign.

Officially in 2016 he won his “fifth” term, but then you are erasing the first term, which was his coup d’etat. The International Media will state his running for the 6th Term. However, that is not reflecting the timeline and years, which he wasn’t elected.

For the simple reason, Déby won the first post-independent election in 1996. Alas, he had a term in office before being elected. The Chadian President is officially on his 5th Term, but then again we are erasing his first years. This is why this is his 6th Term and his running for 7th term and because of constitutional changes he can run again for his 8th Term in 2027. As the terms of Presidency has gone from 5 to 6 years as well.

The Field Marshal, the Head of State and President of Tchad hasn’t any plans to step down. Expect the elections to be fixed and rigged in his favour. The opposition will be in trouble and he will control everything. There will be jammed phone-lines, social media blackout and internet blockage. The state will be under lockdown after the polls. That is what these sort of folks do. While playing like they are legitimate leaders.

Déby will do this. It is the nature of these things. He will run for his 7th Term, even if media and elsewhere will state it’s his 6th Term. That is because of lack of counting the first six years in office. This is something happens elsewhere as well. It is like the first coup years of an administration is erased after they have held an election. An unwritten rule of sorts, which just happens to occur everywhere.

Déby usually serves the same fate as others in his stead. The ones who took power this way isn’t leaving office, but lingering for life. That is what he does, but also boosting more titles to make himself look grandeur. He needs to look big and have certainly a huge ego. Therefore, he cannot leave office.

An office he has had since 1990. It seems like forever and plenty of the citizens in his republic doesn’t remember other Presidents than him. That isn’t strange, but reflects more on Déby himself. This is what he has made and it all falls down on him.

Déby is yet another one of those self-styled President for life. Who will use all legal means to stay in office and leaves no plan of any successor. Idriss will be remembered for this. The up-coming election is only a charade, because we know the results already. The books are written and headlines are predetermined. It is only a a waiting game, where we know the results even before it starts. Peace.

African National Congress (ANC): Statement on the ANC on the Economic Recovery Plan announced by President Ramaphosa (15.10.2020)

The Commonwealth: Commonwealth Finance Ministers Statement on COVID-19 (07.10.2020)

Uganda: Nationwide analysis finds Gulu, Jinja, Kasese worst affected by hunger during lockdown (07.10.2020)

For the rest of the year, Gulu and Kasese are expected to remain at Crisis levels even while their markets are supplied with harvests.

KAMPALA, Uganda, October 7, 2020 – Ugandans in nine urban areas were at Crisis levels of food insecurity or worse for months leading to August because of negative impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown. The worst affected of were Gulu, Jinja and Kasese where nearly one in three people struggled to find nutritious food on a regular basis.

For the rest of the year, Gulu and Kasese are expected to remain at Crisis levels even while their markets are supplied with harvests.

These were some of the findings of the most comprehensive Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis conducted in Uganda to date, covering Kampala and other urban areas, the Karamoja region and refugee settlements and host communities for the first time.

The analysis was carried out by the Government of Uganda and three UN agencies and measures food insecurity from June through August and projected from September to December. It was informed in part by real-time data gathered by remote telephone monitoring of households in 13 urban areas, refugee hosting districts and Karamoja region in the northeast. It is the first time, real-time data informed the IPC on urban areas.

The IPC attributed Crisis food insecurity to the loss of livelihoods in the informal sector, tourism, the travel and events industry and the education sector, reduced remittances and reduced commercial networks due to the closure of borders.

Releasing the results of the analysis, the Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Eng. Hillary Onek, said that the Government is committed to ensuring food and nutrition security and well-being for all people in Uganda, including those in urban areas.

Speaking while releasing the results of the analysis, the Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Eng. Hillary Onek, said Government is committed to ensuring food and nutrition security and well-being for all people in the country, including those in urban areas.

“With these new findings, we now know, reliably, who the most food-insecure people are in Uganda, where they are and what we can do to save lives and preserve livelihoods. Such knowledge is critical before we take any decisions,” Mr Onek said.

“We thank our partners for working with us to come up with this very important analysis. We now must continue to work together to find solutions to the issues raised in the study,” Mr Onek added.

Currently, through a collaboration with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the United Nations makes 10,000 calls a month to monitor food security in refugee areas, 12 urban areas and Karamoja region.

Using the real-time and other data, the IPC found that refugees in all 13 settlements in Uganda along with more than 1.3 million Ugandans in refugee-hosting districts and Karamoja region experienced Crisis or worse levels of hunger between June and August.

In Karamoja, all districts had worrying levels of malnutrition among young children and pregnant and nursing women, with malnutrition above emergency levels in Moroto and Napak.

The IPC attributed the high levels of food insecurity in refugee hosting districts and Karamoja to WFP’s ration cuts for refugees, the lockdown, floods and subsequent food losses, animal and human diseases, insecurity in some parts of Karamoja and reduced remittances as key contributors to the situation.

“Ration cuts for refugees will remain in place until we secure sufficient funding. To be able to provide full rations for refugees in the settlements until the end of 2020, WFP needs nearly US$15.3 million immediately,” said WFP Uganda Country Director, Mr El-Khidir Daloum.

FAO’s Deputy Representative, Ms Priya Gujadhur said “As part of the UN Uganda’s Emergency Appeal launched earlier this year, FAO has appealed for USD 7.8 million for food security, nutrition and livelihoods interventions. This will allow FAO to provide agricultural livelihood support and training in climate smart agricultural practices to help up to 10,000 of the most vulnerable households produce for their own consumption and diversify income sources through value chain development, thereby strengthening their resilience.”

Even with coming harvests this year, it is expected households will continue to struggle with food shortages partly because of lost incomes during the lockdown. All refugee settlements are expected to remain at Crisis level at best. Food security should improve in nine out of 12 worst-affected refugee-hosting districts. Malnutrition is expected to decline in two districts in Karamoja in the coming months.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Kampala Capital City Authority, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and WFP participated in the IPC analysis. The European Union, World Bank and UK Aid funded the exercise

Opinion: Trump never reacted properly to the pandemic [so he caught it himself]

President Donald J. Trump have used all of 2020 to not take it serious. He has tried to keep the numbers down. Stop testing, contract-testing and also opening up society without having control of the pandemic. The COVID-19 or Coronavirus have really shown the problematic side of the Trump Administration.

They have let people die on a massive scale. The President have seen over 200,000 citizens died because of it. The same state that has working on overtime to dislodge and take away medical insurance for people with pre-conditions. Which he wants the Supreme Court to do in the midst of the global pandemic. The same administration that has already kicked out so many of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obama Care. This has been one of main things of this Presidency.

This is the same man who has sold dreams and called COVID-19 a hoax. Now, the man has it and he hasn’t followed guidelines himself. This is why he has gotten it. He didn’t social distance, he did hold public rallies and didn’t do what he could to contain the virus. This is why its ironic that he gotten it.

President Trump has done what he could to stop testing and stop the virus from spreading. Blaming anyone else, China, Democrats and whoever he could pin. Still, he haven’t been concerned as the piles of dead people have been stacked. This is the true reality of it all.

I cannot show sympathy towards Trump in a ordinary fashion. He can get my thoughts and prayers, but nothing more. As he himself made this pandemic worse. He has spread falsehoods, made arrangements, which has caused more harm and they don’t have the ability or can afford the same health care as the President can. A system, which he has rigged against the poor and the middle-income America. That is well-known, therefore, for someone downplaying it while people are missing loved ones.

It is hard to feel deeply concerned about Trump. Trump should have acted Presidential and ensured the Federal Government had put forward guidelines. Used the state to secure the public and have enough tests, PPE and so fourth. Instead, he has gambled, traded and not taken accountability. He is only accountable to success, but the failure is always someone else. That is why the Governors had to pick-up the slack of the Federal Government. It is the Federal Government, that claimed the Federal Stockpile was theirs and they delegate as they saw fit. They give to Republican states and dismiss Democratic States. This is the sort of the play this Presidency has done. Even though, the same Federal Government is supposed to serve everyone, no matter what political affiliation they have. Still, that is not a thing under … this Presidency!

When you try for so long to play shadow games, the reality comes at you so fast. Now, the reality has the Presidency. He himself has played this out and now it is returned directly in his face. He could have done things, acted swiftly and ensured the states had stopped transmission of the virus. That wasn’t in his interest. He rather would print money and hope the lower classes could carry the burden. This virus doesn’t discriminate and has not come home. The White House, associates and the First Family caught it.

If they had acted sincere and done what the CDC had asked from them. If they had made strict regulations and closed businesses. Then, they would have had more sympathy. As there are so many people who has lost their lives. That was on the watch of the President. He could have used his Executive Power, but he rather flex for the Qanon and White Supremacists. Instead of doing his duty and being their for citizens.

President Trump better be careful with the bleach and hydroxychloroquine. Who knows if he follows advisors of Fox News. Those has also downplayed this. Donald tried to Con himself out this one. Just like he has done everything else. We don’t have the full medical records and such from this man. We cannot know, if he has pre-medical conditions, which could complicate this virus for him. However, he will have the help he needs and get medical care at once, because of his office.

If he was man enough to take credit for his failure of how he has made this worse during the COVID-19. This man has mocked and called it a hoax. Now it hit home. Karma is a bitch. Therefore, don’t celebrate, but elevate. This man needs to carry his sins and that is all up to him. I doubt he will ever do it. Since this man doesn’t have it in him. He rather litigate the disease… then take responsibility for causing the outbreak to this extent. Peace.

Republique Centrafricaine: Communique de Presse Conjoint – Union Africaine – CEEAC – Nations Unies (24.09.2020)