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Drought-stricken herders in Ethiopia need urgent support (11.08.2017)

Pastoralist communities are facing huge losses of livestock.

ROME, Italy, August 11, 2017 – Supporting herders to get back on their feet and preventing further livestock losses and suffering are crucial in drought-hit Ethiopia where hunger has been on the rise this year, warned today the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Drought has devastated herders’ livelihoods as it exhausted pastures and water sources, leading to a significant number of animals dying or falling ill, particularly in the southern and southeastern regions of the country as other areas recover from previous seasons’ El Niño-induced drought.

Drought-hit pastoralists face reduced milk production, rising malnutrition, and have limited income-earning capacity and severely constrained access to food.

Some 8.5 million people – one in 12 people – are now suffering from hunger; of these, 3.3 million people live in Somali Region.

The current food and nutrition crisis is significantly aggravated by the severe blow to pastoral livelihoods. For livestock-dependent families, the animals can literally mean the difference between life and death, especially for children, pregnant and nursing women for whom milk is a crucial source of nutrition.

With up to 2 million animals lost so far, FAO is focusing on providing emergency livestock support to the most vulnerable pastoralist communities through animal vaccination and treatment, supplementary feed and water, rehabilitating water points, and supporting fodder and feed production.

“It is crucial to provide this support between now and October – when rains are due – to begin the recovery process and prevent further losses of animals. If we don’t act now, hunger and malnutrition will only get worse among pastoral communities,” said Abdoul Karim Bah, FAO Deputy Representative in Ethiopia.

By providing supplementary feed and water for livestock, while at the  same time supporting fodder production, FAO seeks to protect core breeding animals and enable drought-hit families to rebuild their livelihoods. Animal health campaigns will be reinforced to protect animals, particularly before the rains set in, when they are at their weakest and more susceptible to parasites or infectious diseases. FAO-supported destocking and cash-for-work programmes will also provide a crucial source of cash for families.

Funding appeal

FAO urgently requires US$ 20 million between August and December to come to the aid of Ethiopia’s farmers and herders.

FAO has already assisted almost 500,000 drought-hit people in 2017 through a mix of livestock feed provision, destocking and animal health interventions, thanks to the support of the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden through FAO’s Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, as well as FAO’s own Early Warning Early Action fund and Technical Cooperation Programme.

Zimbabwe: Open battles between the Police and the Army in Harare!

As President Robert Mugabe are falling asleep on stage and everyone listens to his younger wife “Gucci Gucci” Grace Mugabe. There is something in the air, as civil rights activists and others are detained and harassed for their civil disobedience and acts against state oppression. But there is turn of events, that gives hope. Since the state is becoming more fragile.

Today, there been reported that Soldiers roamed the Harare Central Business District and beat-up Police Officers, they followed the Police officers into shops and gave them a beating. They also gave beating with sticks and whips.

This can be seen as a sign of the deteriorating rule of law and next step into lawlessness, which has been created by the state. The way the Zanu-PF have eaten it all and centered around Mugabe. But now that he is disappearing, the law and the reckless behavior can start. Since his totalitarian authority is losing its grip. Together with weak economy and less stable society. The inner-state and security organization are trying to show who is supreme. Today was a retaliation after Police attacked the military car.

Still, the roots of this comes from Mugabe and Zanu-PF who hasn’t set the standard and hasn’t created a society where this is unacceptable. Where the law hasn’t been followed, but more just for the ones who cannot afford to bribe or pay themselves out. The cronyism and the legislator has been based on the needs of Zanu-PF, and not on the needs of the Republic.

That is why and there are many other reasons, but the lack of institutions and state procedure, is the reasons for acts of this kind. Where the people are taking laws into their own hands, since they cannot trust the provisions and the sanctions of the state to act. That is why the soldiers retaliated and wanted the uniformed Police in Harare CBD to suffer, just for a little moment. So they could feel “justice”. Even if this wasn’t done after any code or statute. They felt this was right.

When you can reason it out this way, you know something is wrong. Some parts of state is missing. The security and law is dwindling, disappearing, becoming extinct, when the army goes after the police. Nothing in a scenario is correct, unless one of the parts where trying to overthrow a government without public will for either military or political gain. To create another military state, instead of the one built around the cult of Mugabe.

This might be sign of the troubles coming, but we would wish of more lawfulness and not anarchy. But when the army attacks the police. It shows a sign of failure of the state and the troubles to come… This might be the only… but who knows at this point right? Peace.

Opinion: Mugabe – “I am not dying”, pardon me President, but we all going to die!

“Some people would want to be president of this country. Some are saying the president is going but I am not going anywhere. Some are saying I’m dying but I am not dying,” said Mugabe. Mugabe, 93, said he feared that at the present time any person who wanted to succeed him would be trounced by Tsvangirai in an election” (Chikowore, 2017).

When it comes to the 37 years long Presidency of Robert Mugabe, it becoming more dire to Zanu-PF and the man himself. Who has not left anyone behind to takeover from him when he leaves. He has been the leader since the liberation from the United Kingdom and the segregated state it was in 1980s. So he is living in the belief that he can just continue like it was yesterday.

His own supporters and closest allies has praised him unto heaven and oblivion. All sorts of praise that doesn’t sound like anything you have heard, but that is the norm among the cronies of the Zanu-PF. So now, that he is planning for yet another term, the 93 year old had a few words himself.

Mugabe said: “Some are saying I’m dying but I am not dying”. Well, that isn’t up to you, that is adjustable age and health-care. Surely Mr. President has already traveled a lot to Singapore for specialized expensive treatment and billed it on the state coffers. That is just how he do and how his Zanu-PF cadres do, lives in hotels, drive expensive cars and get salaries while the others suffers to get enough monies out of the ATM. The cronyism of Mugabe, has really hurt the country.

But one thing, Mr. President cannot control is that he is aging and is getting older. An the older you get, the weaker you become, the youth and the energy is running out your body. The healing time takes longer and bones are not as strong. The intellectual powers and the cognitive base of your mind dwindles. The memory will fade and everyday things will become a struggle. Like walking, like keeping awake at rallies and in general. Because the body is tired after all the years of hard-work and dedication to own wealth and cronies enrichment. Certainly, that is why Mugabe during the rally yesterday fell asleep on the podium while “Gucci Gucci” Grace Mugabe was speaking her heart out.

Mugabe cannot control the inevitable, he is dying like all of us. It is just about gods grace and the possible travels to good health care. That can keep him alive. None can know when the days are ended for Mugabe. But for everyday it is going closer. By the simple reason, it is natural for his age and he could die whenever. He could become 99 or 101. But, that is if he is lucky and God gave him that amount of days. Still, he does not control when he last day is, that kind of power does not Mugabe posses. No of us does. Peace.

Reference:

Chikowore, Frank – ‘Mugabe: ‘I am going nowhere… My docs have told me my organs are still very strong’ (30.07.2017) link: http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/mugabe-i-am-going-nowhere-my-docs-have-told-me-my-organs-are-still-very-strong-20170730

Brexit: HM Government of Gibraltar – “The Most Important Voice in Dialogue is Gibraltar’s” (12.07.2017)

Should President Museveni have requested the Scotland Yard to Investigate in the Kasese Clashes and Assassination of AIGP Kaweesi?

Just as President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni issued a request to the Scotland Yard on the 26th March 1987 to independently investigate the murder of Dr. Andrew Kayira who was murdered on 9th March 1987. The same could have happen on two other recent occasions in the Republic of Uganda. The National Resistance Movement and the President if they wanted the truth on important matters.

Like the massive scores of dead and innocent lives lost in the hours around the skirmishes in Kasese on the 26th November 2016. When the Buhikira Royal Palace was burned down and the lives lost in the fatal hours. At a time the Royal Guards defending the palace as the Police Forces and Special Forces Command we’re attacking the palace. While the Omubusinga bwa Rwenzururu Charles Wesley Mumbere we’re detained. The same was the different numbers of dead Royal Guards, Police Officers, Soldiers and civilians. This is all shown the capacity of the skirmishes done to one kingdom of late, since then the king has been in exile and the treason-charge has been hanging over him. Still, no report of the call for violence and neither a verified number of deceased. This all prove there was something sinister that happen at the Buhikira Royal Palace and a reason for the Security Organizations to burn down the Palace.

When you know this and if you are in government, you should look for the facts and dig deep so the souls who lost their lives are answered for. All of the innocent lives who suddenly was taken away in Kasese, should be answered for. The monarchy of Rwenzururu deserves answers for the demise of so many of their own. The families of the Police Officers and Soldiers deserves the same. If the President had the honor and cared about lives, he would have gotten an independent inquiry into the skirmishes and gotten an investigation report from an outside authority, just like he did when he started as President. He could have done like he did in 1987, but now 30 years later. He doesn’t care, it doesn’t cost him support and neither makes him weak. Therefore, doesn’t have to like in the past, when he needed to clean his hands. Now the overall power is in his hands and therefore can shuffle it away. Still, the ghosts and the remains will hunt the government. Since these are not really answered for. Unless, he request for the Scotland Yard to do a special investigation into the Kasese Clashes and the skirmish at the Buhikira Royal Palace.

The second incident that would need a look into is the sudden assassination of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi. In the morning of 19th March 2017, when the AIGP Kaweesi was killed together with the bodyguard Corporal Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambewa. There been dozens of suspects and people detained. Even the kids of suspects has been behind bars. Many been interviewed on TV, but none has proven a story or even had a fair trial. As the suspects and killers who drove away on boda-boda’s from Kulambiro, Kampala on the 19th March 2017 is still in the wind. The proof of evidence and the killing of the high ranking officer. Can be put in question. As the sudden death of the AIG Kaweesi. Has to be put in question if the efforts of the Police or the State has been thorough enough. Since there are many leads, but nothing has been cleared. The assassins are walking scotch free. So the political assassination are left in the dark.

If the President had acted in the past on the Dr. Kayira murder, he would have asked for help from Scotland Yard on the investigation of AIGP Kaweesi. To settle the score and find the culprits behind it. Not only creating diversions and trying to deflect the case. Like it has been done by the aggression in Kasese in November 2016.

We could question why he didn’t ask for independent investigation help in both the Kasese Clashes and the AIGP Kaweesi assassination. Clearly, the truth would hurt the President and his leadership. Since that might implicate certain individuals around him and even himself. That can be put in question, because he had the ability in the past to contact and request help from Scotland Yard. Something he doesn’t do now. This wouldn’t be neocolonialism, more getting fresh eyes into the murders and death of civilians and high ranking members of Ugandan leadership. It should be important to reveal the truth and find the facts behind the deaths of all of them. Not hid it and try to silence it. Because that is how it seems with every day going without answers of what happen to these people. These cases are still not cleared or had their proper final findings. As long as it stays like that, the remains of these people are not respected. They have been violated, the same has their families and the state has to always answer for their lack of following their moral duty. The moral duty to find the culprits behind the killings. Peace.

 

Zimbabwe: Citizens’ Manifesto – Our Zimbabwe Dream

A look into how little the Wakiso Vote mattered to President Museveni in General Election 2016!

You would think on a day like this as the final rallies in Kyadondo East, which is part of Wakiso District, that the National Resistance Movement and the Police Force would bring peace. But they didn’t, they created chaos and moved independent candidates, as well as detaining them for interfering in their campaign rallies. This is the proof of vicious ruling regime and how the basic freedoms are limited for others, than the NRM elite and the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, rallying for his candidate in the district. But it seems strange that he cares, since with all due respect. He didn’t care about their votes in the General Election of 2016, as these areas have been a stronghold for opposition party Forum for Democratic Change and because Dr. Kizza Besigye reside in Kasangati, which is a vital part of Kyadondo East.

In Kampala and its adjacent districts, the Group observed voting delayed by as much as two to four hours and subsequently observed polling locations where voting was delayed by as much as six to nine hours. Anecdotally, in Kampala, there were several polling stations located within minutes of the premises of the Electoral Commission that did not receive voting materials on time” (…) “The voting hours were subsequently extended in Kampala. However, it appeared that this information was not extensively communicated, as voters and polling officials appeared confused and uncertain of the process. The EC announced that polling would continue in a number of constituencies in Wakiso and Kampala districts the following day. Turnout, however, was low on the second day – which was a working day – and it is possible that many potential voters decided not to attempt to vote, after having waited for many hours the previous day”(Commonwealth, P: 13-14, 2016).

Furthermore, eight teams across the country reported that polling stations could not open before 10 AM. A number of polling stations, notably in Kampala and Wakiso, had not opened within six hours. Significant delays and a lack of effective communication by the EC fuelled frustration and tensions among voters, with EU EOM observers and media reporting about large crowds protesting against being deprived of their right to cast the ballot. In at least four cases, the police used teargas to disperse voters at polling stations. Only shortly before the official closing of the polling stations at 4 PM did the EC chairman announce the three-hour extension of voting in Kampala and Wakiso district. This was poorly communicated to the polling staff in affected areas, and EU EOM observers reported polling stations being closed at first and only after some hesitation did the polling staff improvise and try to re-open voting sites” (EU, P: 29-30, 2016).

The EC failed to communicate and declare final results of presidential and parliamentary elections in a comprehensive, timely and transparent manner. The announcements of the presidential election’s preliminary results started while voting was still ongoing in parts of Kampala and Wakiso. The final results were declared within the legally binding 48-hour deadline, but they did not contain data from seven per cent of all polling stations, and therefore excluded some 675,000 votes cast. The EC delayed the publication of the final results broken down by polling station till 25 February and uploaded them on its website in a manner that did not allow for easy access or use. The EC also did not publish the scanned copies of the DRFs online although they were readily available in electronic format, thus further reducing voters’ access to information of public interest and in contravention of the principles outlined in the ICCPR” (EU, P: 3-4, 2016).

The 2016 Elections witnessed a number of violations of the right to vote, most notably due to late delivery of materials in Kampala and Wakiso districts, described by the Supreme Court as evidence of incompetence and gross inefficiency by the electoral management body. A number of potential voters we’re disenfranchised during the voting exercise, in particular persons who turned 18 between May 2015 and February 2016, detainees, including some pre-trial dententions and Ugandans in the diaspora” (FHRI, P: 25, 2016)

So both, the Commonwealth report, FHRI report and the European Union Observer Group saw the same vast indifference for the votes and voter turnout in Wakiso, the same was seen in capital, but that isn’t where the By-Election is happening now. This proves the lack of care and common sense as President Museveni drives Tuk-Tuk and talk of importance of electing people who serves him. He might say he wants to be challenged in Parliament, but everyone knows that is a lie. Therefore, he detained Bobi Wine earlier in the day and moved him to Gyaza town, so his presence could be in Kasangati and at Szasa Grounds. Not like he could be more ruthless, but surely he would rig these election like he did in 2016. Nothing new there, if the turnout would be meager and lack-lusting that would hurt the old-man. Since he cannot show 90-100% turnout, when there would be no lines of people showing up. Harder to rig just a bunch of paper compared to buck-load, which can be pre-ticket into ballot boxes and look legit. That is how they do, especially under President Museveni. The man who made himself a revolutionary by claiming UPC rigging in 1980s. Such a class-act the President, becoming worse than the ones he toppled! Peace.

Reference:

Commonwealth – ‘Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group Uganda General Elections – 18 February 2016’ (18.02.2016)

COMESA – ‘COMESA ELECTION OBSERVER MISSION TO THE 18 FEBRUARY 2016 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA’

EU – ‘Final Report – Uganda Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council Elections 18 February 2016’ (April 2016)

Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) – ‘COMESA ELECTION OBSERVER MISSION TO THE 18 FEBRUARY 2016 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA’ (June 2016)

NRM Letter to President Museveni: “Re: Memorandum of Important Issues Affecting Our Party and The Running of Government under the National Resistance Movement” (03.03.2017)

Tired of President Museveni’s “1986”!

I know I am born in 1985, but I am tired of the year of 1986 and the year National Resistance Army (NRA). The now National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The liberation movement that has run the republic since 1986. This war lasted from 1981 to 1986, the NRA went out of the Milton Obote II government after the illegitimate election of 1980s. Which from then on has been used as the scapegoat and the ones to put to blame for ever since.

The 1986 is the magical year that Museveni entered into supremacy. The Supreme kingpin and mastermind of all it. Sowing the mustard seed and creating a newer safer Republic. The one time the peasants was supposed to have their say in government and make the republic a democracy. The Republic of Uganda was going from strong-men and big-men to run the Republic. Instead, it has been now three decades with manufactured democracy in-line with the vision of Museveni.

President Museveni have used all techniques to fix election results, paying villagers and making new government forms to fit his paradigm. Instead of releasing his promises he has built elite around him that is loyal to his brown envelopes or public fearing his security organizations. This is a special coming from the man promises all the possible governance and government structures needed, if he got into power. Instead, he has done the opposite.

It was supposed to get into a middle-Income Country instead of the Less Developed Country, which is the state is in now. The LDC that Uganda now is because of the state of government that President Museveni has created around him. That can be seen with amounts of debt, the massive overspending on the State House and the pledges around the President. Government of Uganda, GoU have been built around Museveni, instead of institutions and procedures. Therefore, the state are following the orders of the President and his Presidential Handshakes.

That is why, every-time in a speech at any sort of occasion the President will mention 1986 and how the state used to be. As of today 1 out of 5 in the Republic or 21% are between 15 to 24 year old. And by 2016 there we’re only 2% who are older than 65 years old. Which means that the President are part of a minority age bracket. President Museveni 30 years old rule are older than many of the youths in the Republic. They should also wonder what is so special about the years they never we’re living and about governments they never lived under. There are big proportions of the population who cannot remember or has been apart of the first years of the NRA or the civil-war during the 1980s.

They would be like me, they would feel the same fatigue of the NRA and Museveni rule, the extension of the liberation from Obote and Amin. The ones that Museveni mention whenever he needs someone or somebody to blame. Certainly mention 1986. The 1986 that are the most important year since independence, therefore, the NRM Day, the 26th January 1986, liberation day. Instead of the Independence Day 9th October 1962. That one is not so often mentioned by the President, since he didn’t get them out of the British Empire and not be a British Protectorate anymore.

Still, the 9th October 1962 doesn’t seem to be important for Museveni, the 26th January 1986 is the most vital one. The one that sets the standard, the day that changed everything and gave him total access. Therefore, the celebration of 1986 is so key and be levied at any occasion, and at any speech. President Museveni praises his overthrow of Amin, Obote, Okello and Biniasa.

They all just had to be overthrown, he had to make coup d’etat and make folklore out of it. So his name can ring out and be praised. Let it be clear, the President sings 1986… 1986… 1986… like a jingle never stopping. Peace.

Somali Special Forces Strike Destroys Alshabab Training Base in Middle Juba (12.06.2017)

MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 12, 2017 -President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s statement on the dawn strike on Alshabab training base near Sakow.

“Earlier today, I authorized our special forces with the support of our international partners to conduct a strike against an al-Shabaab training camp near Sakow, Middle Juba region. This was a successful strike which destroyed a key al-Shabaab command and supply hub. This will ultimately disrupt the enemy’s ability to conduct new attacks within Somalia.”

“I said when I took office that security will be top priority for my administration. This strike will enhance security and reduce the threats of Alshabab.”

“We have long suffered at the hands of Alshabab which is supported by global terror networks. We and our international partners will take every possible precaution to protect our civilian population from harm during these operations while targeting terrorists.”

“All of us know somebody from our youth, our village, our families, who has been killed or injured by the senseless violence of al-Shabaab. I have personally met the families and the victims of several Alshabab attacks. For those who have suffered under al-Shabaab, and for the rest of Somalia, I want you to know that we are committed to defeating al-Shabaab and uniting our people.”

“To the members of al-Shabaab, I tell you that we are bringing the fight to you. If you, however take advantage of my amnesty offer and denounce violence, we will integrate you into our reform program. You have no future with the terrorists, but you can still be a part of Somalia’s future; a peaceful and prosperous future.”

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