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Rwanda 1994: Gen. Paul Kagame letter of 10. August 1994 (Confidentiel)

President Museveni sanctions now all information on emergencies from the State House!

If you ever needed proof that the departments, ministries and institutions don’t have values in Uganda, than you need the newest revelation. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), who has run the nation for over three decades. This is proven with the Presidential Handshakes, the growing amounts of MP’s, Ministers and of newly created districts and sub-counties. That sort of government both state-wise and locally has grown out of proportions, this to make it possible to have enough cronies close by and hire them. The government has been built around President Museveni, still he has to control it even more. Take a look!

President Museveni has ordered ministries to stop declaring state of emergencies without his prior approval of their messages to the public. He accused government officials of using loose words which have ended up scaring away potential investors and tourists. President Museveni voiced his concerns in a letter he wrote to the Vice President and copied to all permanent secretaries of all ministries on January 20, this year” (Ahimbisibwe, 2017).

So the controlling behavior of President Museveni, now is to another level since he cannot even trust that the message spread by his ministers are sound enough. He is now controlling the releases of information and vouch for the ones spread from the NRM. The Government is so controlled by him, that it all has to pass by him. Because his rubber-stamp has now to be on the messages.

That the President needs clearance and cannot trust in his ministers, not the agencies or state institutions, proves the lack of transparency, as even the messages has to pass by him before the public gets to know. If it is first in emergencies, than it will on the Presidents desk and he will rewrite it, so that it fits his understanding of it. So if it needs to be addressed as enclave, a colonial relic or even if it is climate change, the President has to speak his peace.

That the Police Force, the Army or any of the ministers can address the matters first in public, to regain trust or even try to amend in the emergency that arrived. That the President shouldn’t have the capacity to control each and every single message the government spreads out. Surely, the President cannot have capacity to follow Hon. Frank Tumbewaze or Uganda Media Centre Chairman Ofwono Opondo’s remarks on the matters. As much as the President cannot have the time or the ability to understand the different events that occur in the Republic.

This here proves that President Museveni only trust himself and no-one else, all his vision has to be spread and people have to believe him. President Museveni wants to control it all and not give way, it is all him and his behavior. Not like Museveni wants to trust anyone. They are only around for Presidential Handshake’s and Brown Envelopes, that is because they follow his system. They know if they stay around and needs it, he will help them out and also create needed jobs for the closest associates.

President Museveni proves with this what we have known for long, that the institutions and the ministries is shell-organizations for the supposed operations of the state. Museveni has to be informed and engaged before actions happens. If it doesn’t happen that way, it is the wrong way and his feels betrayed by his own. Therefore, the ones that falls stopped informing and being independent of their master. Which is Museveni, who feels he is more important than the institutions. Museveni thinks he is the pillar of the State and the key to all the works of the State.

That is why the newest order of controlling information and the flow of information to the public, the enforcement of this proves the systematic control that he has from the Okello House. This proves how belittling the state is and how important the President thinks of himself. The way the State is now his playground and no-one else can play like he do. Peace.

Reference:

Ahimbisibwe, Patience – ‘Museveni set to vet government messages’ (04.04.2017) link: http://mobile.monitor.co.ug/News/Museveni-set-vet-government-messages/2466686-3876432-format-xhtml-5i5i9oz/index.html

Opinion: Suddenly President Kagame doesn’t want Rwanda to be dependent on the West!

For Africa as we wait to see what unfolds and adjust, we should be learning the lesson that we should not be entirely dependent. We will wake up to the reality there are things we should be doing for ourselves. You have made it appear that your situations are perfect and you want others to emulate you. Then you are surprised by what unfolds. It is what you have been hitting us with that is coming back to bite you. I did not change the constitution. If you want to know the truth you will find it is the people who did, not me. My satisfaction lies in the truth that we have not been involved in harming our people. What we are doing is to develop our country. If we don’t take care of ourselves, no one else will. As long as Rwandans are happy, we will keep doing what needs to be done. We will be listening to what others say but we will not be distracted from what needs to be done.”

-President Paul Kagame speaks to Gerard Baker, editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal, at the closing session of Invest in Africa conference.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the long lingering Executive of Rwanda has compelled his words against dependency of the West. Surely, he has had this in mind for while in his own haven, as the Rwandan government has been a donor friendly. Therefore, that he claims now to take a stand against them shows the sudden change of attitude. However, it is sudden donors and programs that have stopped coming Kagame’s way, therefore the Rwandan government have started to run a giant tab of external debt instead of donor aid grants. Like look at some quotes from companies that establish the economic output and the financial flow of nations, like Deloitte and KPMG!

Rising debt:

“According to BMI, total external debt levels in the country have been rising steadily in recent years, from 16.1% of GDP in 2010 to an estimated 30.5% of GDP in 2015. Debt levels for 2016 and total external debt are forecast to amount to 35.2% of GDP and will be composed mostly of government debt” (Deloitte, P: 4, 2016).

Failing Foreign Aid, therefore rising debt:

“The primary headwind to the Rwandan economy in the 2016-2025 period will be the impact on debt as a result of falling foreign aid. Despite prudent fiscal policies to date, increases in debt levels will follow from the fall in foreign aid, since Rwanda is now deemed fit to transition from grant-based financing to loan-based financing by the IMF” (Deloitte, P: 5,2016).  “The government has been compelled to adopt a more prudent fiscal policy stance in an attempt to reduce the country’s dependence on donor support and increase fiscal autonomy. Recent external headwinds have encouraged the government to ease demand for imports by reassessing its infrastructure investment programme. This will undoubtedly have a negative impact on economic growth. That being said, the benefits of lower donor dependence and improved macroeconomic stability should outweigh the costs related to lower growth over the short term. Turning to external balances, Rwanda’s wide merchandise trade deficit is expected to maintain a shortfall in the overall current account going forward” (KPMG, P: 4, 2016).

“Aid harmonization has been improved and progress continues to be registered in the implementation of the Paris and Busan commitments especially the use of national budget and procurement systems. The Bank was the 6th largest Official Development Assistance (ODA) provider to Rwanda in 2013/14, accounting for 9.4% of total ODA26. The World Bank and EU invest in agriculture and energy whereas the leading bilateral DPs focus, among other things, on human development and social protection (Annex 8a). Annex 8b summarizes the progress made in implementing selected indicators as captured by the Donor Performance Assessment Framework. Use of the sector budget support (SBS) instrument has increased the share of Bank support disbursed using country systems. Under the DPCG, the Bank actively participates in activities to enhance the implementation of EDPRS II such as the 2014/15 assessment of SWGs” (AfDB, P: 9, 2016).

So if you look at the financial policies of the republic of Rwanda, some of it is not really chosen as the donors funds that has been suspended or stopped might be for several of reasons. That might be that if they accept the funds they have to follow a spectre of policies and interferes with the power that Kagame wish to achieve. The RPF and Kagame has total control of Rwanda, the export and the import, also owns dozens of the businesses. So the Rwandan government had to switch their economy with more loans, instead of donor aid. The loans are coming in through external debt as the external donor funds and grants have dwindled.

Therefore, the excuse of suddenly wanting to be independent is more a need, than a wish. If it was a wish earlier, than the AGOA or USAID to the RPF would have stopped decades ago. That should be common knowledge of the relationship between Paul Kagame and Bill Clinton. It is not that it is positive that the Rwandan Government want’s less aid is a healthy stance. Still, the excuse isn’t eaten by me.

The reality is that the increased debt instead of donor grants will hurt the economy, as the levied interest rates and other cost will hurt the economy. It isn’t healthy to be dependent of the aid either, but the reasons now seem more to reactionary than real intent. I am sure Paul Kagame would love funds from Belgium and France to build hospitals and clinics in rural regions of Rwanda. So, suddenly the West isn’t good enough, especially when they are questioning his reasons for staying in power and not having any successors while his regime is keeping a close lid on the opposition. Therefore, the economy and independent from the world becomes more important because then he needs to less show of transparency and accountability. Peace.

Reference:

AfDB – ‘RWANDA BANK GROUP COUNTRY STRATEGY PAPER 2017 – 2021 (October, 2016).

Deloitte – ‘Rwanda Economic Outlook 2016 The Story Behind the Numbers’ (June 2016)

KPMG – ‘Economic Snapshot H2, 2016 – Rwanda’ (15.10.2016) link:

https://home.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/za/pdf/2016/10/KPMG-Rwanda-2016-Snapshot.pdf

Zambia: Ex-Parte Order from ZRA towards The Post (2016/TAT/03/VAT/DT) – 27.06.2016

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Press Statement: The Government of the Republic of Zambia has today June 21, 2016 closed down Post Newspapers Limited (21.06.2016)

Zam the Post 21.06.2016

The Zambia Revenue Authority officers, under instructions from State House, arrived at Post Newspapers head office and printing press around 17:00hours in the company of armed police, demanding that the company pays a total of K68 million (US$6.1 million) disputed tax arrears immediately.

Post Newspapers general manager for finance Rowena Zulu then explained that the money ZRA was demanding had already been paid almost in total. But a ZRA officer responded that they had not yet accessed the money and thus they could not withdraw the warrant of distress.

The lawyers from Nchito and Nchito then produced a court order restraining the officers from issuing a warrant of distress on PostNewspapers, but the officers disobeyed the order. Instead, the ZRA officers chased all employees who were still working at the head office, before locking up the entrance.

At the printing plant, the ZRA officers also switched off the printing press, locked up the premises, leaving the heavily armed police officers in charge.

This above is written by The Post of Zambia!

ZRA The Post 21.06.2016

“Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Officers this evening raided the post Newspaper printing plant.They seized property and grounding the printing company”.

Afterthought:

Some other statments on the matter:

MISA Zambia issued a high alert on the situation it is monitoring stating; “A media house’s economic freedom is closely linked to its editorial freedom and the situation with the Post is a classic example of what happens when economic freedom is manipulated to interfere with a media house’s editorial freedom.” (MISA 21.06.2016).

“Last week, UPND President Hakainde Hichilema said he was warned by the Intelligence Officers that President Lungu was planning to close the Post Newspaper to pave way for rigging the elections. And surely today he has closed it down using PF carders in ZRA uniforms” (Mwebantu News Media, 21.06.2016). 

The Post Zambia 21.06.2016

Enough for now. Peace.

Rwanda – Another Term for Paul Kagame (Youtube-Clip)

“The government of Rwanda says its citizens want long-serving president Paul Kagame to be able to serve another term” (TV2 Africa, 2016).

As President Museveni have the Inauguration for his 7th Term tomorrow; he has done this: “Ugandan Citizens are living in a situation where the injustice and incarceration of democracy is happing as we speak”; So I don’t care who shows up at Kololo tomorrow!

Kampala 11.05.2016 Military

Let me clear I don’t care who is showing up for the event and the Inauguration of President Museveni for his 7th Term as the Executive and Head of State in the Republic of Uganda. This event is not something I see as significant or worthy of taking my precious time or mind.

As the breach of ordinary justice to the citizens as the Opposition is the epitome of regime for the moment. If it was a legitimate regime and authorities had a mutual understanding and cheer between each other. Just as seen earlier in the day when Dr. Kizza Besigye drove into Central Kampala, until the Police and Army decided to disperse the people with tear-gas, beatings and other violence to shut the cheering crowds down.

Kampala 11.05.2016

The injustice from the Government of Uganda to make tomorrow look perfect is into the insane, with the heavy deployment of Anti-Riot Police, Army Personnel and other security arrangements. Could think it was occupation of the capital city, not an inauguration of the newly elected President. Just as recently the Army had to fly a few Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets to intimidate, and they flew low over the city.

The Army and the Police is the vital ingredient in the President Museveni dogma of leadership. He only knows violence and aggression, not really dialogue or accords. That is why the Nairobi Talks of 1980s faltered and we’re a farce of an extension towards goodwill between then friends and foes. Something that has failed, as much as the Inter-Burundian Dialogue, because President Nkurunziza want to do the same as President Museveni, he wants all power in his hands and take away the ones the opposition have or want to have. And with that admission there can’t be discussion or relief of power towards a unity of some kind.

Airtel 11.05.2016

But, let me clear way, as the Uganda and the Republic of Uganda is making way for yet another Inauguration Ceremony. In the time before the VPN business is the high-rising one as the Uganda Communication Commission is silencing the Social Media Platform, while the Army and Police silence the Opposition and detain the ones who might create fuzz in the country. President Museveni wants it done in cheer and joy with silence from the men who are not in line. Therefore have the Forum for Democratic Change been illegal and the Police Force have gone after them like they are serious killers and terrorist, even charging them with treason and terrorism charges. I am not kidding fellow activists in Rukungiri got charged with Terrorism! Fellow FDC staff that used the printer at Najjankumbi are charged with treason. This is happening during the last few days.

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So the Social Media Ban is the last piece of destruction of freedom, liberty and so on. As Ministry for Information and National Guidance Rtd. Maj. Hon. Jim Muhwezi and Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura have said that all coverage of “Defiance” and the Forum for Democratic Change is illegal and the media houses who does so can get their broadcaster or licence revoked. So the Freedom of speech is already in a thin thread as the Media are to follow the order of the President Museveni and write about the Health Care and other issues, not write about the Crack-Down on the Opposition.

The same happen on Election Day as youth connected to the FDC was even then arrested together with the leadership. Dr. Kizza Besigye have close to 50 days in house-arrest in 2016 alone, and then we don’t count the amount of times he has spent his lunch at Kiira Road Police Post, Nagalama Police Station, Kasangati Police Station or any other Police Station that the Police Officer have detained him at. Together with close leadership of the FDC who has nearly all of them at one point been behind bars or waited for hours while the Police have gone to pick-up more activist that are connected with the Party.

Kasangati 09.05.2016

The freedom of expression, the freedom of movement, the liberty to decide and to control the people, while the hospital are depleting and empty of medicines, if they have they will be sold like the Yellow Fever Vaccine in Kampala, that we’re supported to be given for free. Still this is typical levels of ignorance from the government that doesn’t deliver the needed treatment and the famous Carol, is put her treatment on hold even when she has been able to get needed cash for treatment abroad. The other is the schools where even President Museveni with pledges of free schoolbooks and geometry sets to Primary School students. Some promises and pledges that have already been given up as the government doesn’t have funds for that; as the State House coffers where empty and needed new fiscal funds after the campaigns. Something the Ugandans know and the monies went to the Buses, Bribes and T-shirts. Not to needed pledges or ordinary transparent government procedures and procurement, but that is not important under NRM as the word of President Museveni is the ones that matter.

So the Army deployment today, the Police Force that are on every corner, that the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) that rides on the street while the M23 and other security organizations have stifled and silenced the population who was cheering for Besigye when he passed the central parts of Kampala. This is the ordinary as the deployment is done to make the perfect scenario as the citizens are not for the President and he has overstayed his time. The wish for change is there.

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The fear and the weapons are the only thing he has, he can afford to pay a NRM Elite and get them in line as the army and Police arrest even their own and former close network of the NRM. This is say because Vincent Kaggwa of NRM Poor Youth has been arrested today.

No matter what words President Museveni and his NRM Elite uses tomorrow and in the future, the actions against their own citizens, the actions during this General Election 2016 and the general thieving of government funds has gone too far. It is time for change and new leadership. Because using the Army and Police force, clearing the Central Kampala, rewriting the history and silencing media and own citizens is not a genuine peace.

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The PEACE created now is with intimidation and why certain shops are closed. Why the emptiness is the words. Why the waste of air-time and the waste of VPN. The Defiance and disobedience of the population comes because they feel violated and taken for granted. They feel that the government doesn’t represent them and at this point it doesn’t. The Members of Parliament and the selected men of National Resistance Movement represent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, not the Republic of Uganda. That is an initial fact while the NRM regime lives in a stolen fiction, a novel of inaccuracies of nonsense.

The silence of Opposition is because they are detained, their organizations are deemed illegal and the men and woman who organize peaceful political framework are terrorised while the National Resistance Movement is proclaiming themselves in the shades of fellow mates who does not care of their will of their people and what the event of tomorrow represent. Tomorrow’s inauguration does not represent democracy or free and fair election. Tomorrow represent the stolen affair that the guests are validating for different reasons and for the friendship to Museveni, not to the Ugandan People. Some of these men and woman who are attending are doing the same to their own like President Mugabe.

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The violations and the injustice, the impunity and the little care for general freedoms are just manifested in the Social Media Ban. The most important violations are the banning of “Defiance” and the crackdown on Forum for Democratic Change is GIANT stain on the ruling regime and their master. The Master who will in-general swear-in himself with selected men around him and with a crowd either paid or voter tourism to his dear Kololo. The nation and all institutions are infested with his dictations and the controls are in his hands for now.

President Museveni was once a “New Breed” of leader, now his the old-school kleptomaniac, totalitarian leader who uses the Police and Army to silence all open opposition, who steals government funds to expand his own wealth and the other goes to loyal cronies. As the nepotism is fierce in the institutions and the deals are around the master and his family. The transparent and procedural procurement happens on his watch, not on government procedures where established norms matters, the government is infested with leadership and waiting on orders from upon high. With that in mind, no man should have a vision other than him and the last words are his. He decides the faith and orders the arrest and detains. Because he believes he is the only one who can lead Uganda. Something he even said on the #UGDebate16 in February 2016. If you forgotten that part?

FDC Supporters Detained Kampala 17.02.2016

The incarcerations of Democratic Values are real, they are happening in Kampala and in the state of National Resistance Movement. The Social Media is the long line of freedoms, liberties and values that doesn’t matter for the President who are getting sworn-in tomorrow while his Army and Police is keeping the areas silenced and tense. Since the weapons are there and used. Shops even closed as the Police Violence happen in the streets and the footage was shocking!

I don’t really care that this other leaders are giving way to the President as they are not caring about their own people, though President Magufuli care more about Rates on the Crude Oil Pipeline than on principal in this matter, even when fellow brothers and sisters are living in a situation where the injustice and incarceration of democracy is happing as we speak.

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That the JEEMA headquarters was also raided today proves the levels of integrity as the party have nearly no following and the level of campaign was non-existing still with their planed celebration of 20 years existence tomorrow, they had to be raided by Police Force today! They just had to, to celebrate on the same day as inauguration of Museveni is a crime in the nation. If you celebrate something tomorrow keep it in silence and eat a rollex, okay?

Kampala 05052016 Arrest

The detaining, the violence and the harassment of opposition should be the worry, the social media ban is just the last piece of the puzzle, but a tiny one compared to the ones who has been going on with lightning speed since days before Election Day when the Police Force went up their Ante and took more charge on the Forum for Democratic Change as they feared the level of support and the organization that they have built up over the years. Peace.

Sudan: UN expert calls for a positive environment for a free and inclusive national dialogue (29.04.2016)

Sudan Newspapers

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 29, 2016The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, urged the Sudanese Government “to enable a conducive environment for a free and inclusive national dialogue by respecting the basic fundamental rights of Sudanese people, including the rights to freedoms of expression and association, and of the press.”

“I remain concerned about a number of human rights issues in the country,” Mr. Nononsi said at the end of his second mission to the Sudan. “I continue to hear about cases of arbitrary arrests and detention, as well as allegations of ill-treatment and travel ban on human rights defenders and political activists by security forces, including the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).”

The Independent Expert raised concern with the relevant authorities about the arrest and detention without charges of four pastors in Khartoum since mid-December 2016 as well as those of five students from the University of Khartoum since 13 April 2016.

“I was informed that the first case was transferred to judicial authorities who have charged the four pastors with criminal offenses. I was also informed that the case of the students will be shortly handed over to the relevant judicial authorities for prosecutions,” he noted. “I call on Sudanese authorities to ensure that the right to a fair trial and due process is guaranteed to these individuals.”

Mr. Nononsi also drew attention to the ongoing censorship of newspapers, and increased restrictions on journalists from freely expressing their opinion. “I raised the suspension since mid-December 2015 of the Al-Tayar newspaper with the authorities, and I strongly recommended that the appeal of Al-Tayar newspaper against NISS’ decision to suspend its operations is guaranteed an independent judicial review along with provision of adequate compensation,” he added.

The Independent Expert recalled that, in recent weeks, the authorities prevented four Sudanese human rights defenders from attending the pre-briefing session of the Universal Periodic Review* in Geneva

“I would like to emphasize the important role played by human rights defenders and journalists, and stress the need for the Government of Sudan to allow them to carry out their activities in an open, safe and secure environment,” the human rights expert said.

(*) NOTE TO EDITORS: The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.

Only in Uganda: Journalist arrested on Live-TV while filming outside of Dr. Kizza Besigye’s home.

“VIDEO: Our very own Elijah Turyagumanawe arrested by the police outside Kizza Besigye’s home while reporting live” (NBS TV Uganda, 29.02.2016)

Press Relese: Worrying Trends of Journalists Targeted for Covering Political Campaigns in Uganda (26.02.2016)

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