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RDC: G7 Communique (22.02.2018)

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Opinion: The Jubilee Party must be Love Drunk when they say: “The time for noise and politics is behind us, let us get back to work”!

We woke up in the kitchen

Saying, “How the hell did this shit happen?”

Oh, baby, drunk in love

We be all night, last thing I remember

Is our beautiful bodies grindin’ up in that club

Drunk in love” Beyonce (‘Drunk in Love’ from the album Beyonce, released on the 17.12.2013).

Let me set this straight, the Jubilee, the President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have been professing the paradigm motto: “The time for noise and politics is behind us, let us get back to work”. They have trying to say it ever since the Fresh Presidential Elections 2017 was over. Clearly the Jubilee and regime is struggling with the aftermath of the election. The Kenyatta and Ruto government are trying to justify their existence. That is why they are using all methods to silence National Super Alliance (NASA). They are using all kind of tricks to make life hard for the opposition. We can just wonder when they strike Raila Odinga. It is just a matter of time before they do so.

Right now, the Jubilee are trying their best with the strategy of saying “time for politics is over”. That because the elections and the campaigns has winded down. However, they are a political party and a government. They are working day to day with politics and policies. They put out the messages of this sort, time and time again.

Calling the speeches, pledges and the campaigning noise, while saying the work in government is separated from the politics. That is where I beg to differ. All work in government, all work as a political party, involves politics. It is very simple reason behind it all and for why I say that. They are fishes in the water, they are trying to distance themselves from the water. If they jump out of the water, they will secure their death. A fish out of the water, is a bad idea. That is what the Jubilee is saying when, we work to leave politics!

If they we’re sincere, they would leave campaigning, but not politics. They would leave out rallies and PR exercises, however, they are using PR with this sort of messaging. That this hasn’t been more scrutinized is beyond me. Because it is basic instinct. It is basic, so basic as a kitchen usually contains some sort of food. The same is that politicians works with politics. The President, the Deputy President and the whole government will work with politics. That isn’t some sort of magic trick.

These people might act like gangster, cartel-bosses with their appointments and hires family and friends to higher positions. They are using the state reserves as private bank-accounts and misuse public funds. At a rate that is foolish, while their corrupt behavior is so common, the riches people isn’t businessmen, but the politicians.

It is just an insane narrative, that a politician are spelling out the need to stop politics. Its like judges and lawyers stopping working with laws. It would be like footballers stop playing football. It just doesn’t make sense, so if this is the Harris Media, Cambridge Analytica or the President Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU). Who knows who has made the Jubilee Party, make the President and Deputy speak like this. It makes them look love-drunk and foolish.

I think the Jubilee Party is drunk and in love with power, that is why they are forgetting what they are. They are waking up and not remembering their place and their visions. They are so lost in place of power. So they are forgetting it all and waking up in the kitchen…

Forgetting what happen last night and that they are involved in politics no matter what. Peace.

DRC: A Report published today says Getler’s Mineral Royalties daily is the double of Messi’s salary!

Again, the investor and mineral licensing powerhouse in the Democratic Republic Congo, Dan Gertler is even more under fire after the revelations of his illicit trade during the recent years. Now, the formula and the amount of cash he gets from the foreign mineral extraction companies are paying for their passage to him. This as the deals between Getler and Kinshasa authorities are left in the dark. Whatever deal they have, certainly Getler is earning fortunes without doing more, than being connected to the Joseph Kabila government.

This report shows important facts and also bring certainties of the assumed fortunes made by Gertler, even as he is sanctioned and his corporations. Clearly, the mineral extraction is profitable in the midst of insecurity and civilian despair in the republic. While the businesses and the affiliates are eating, the public are fleeing militias and the army itself. The state is not serving the public, but the companies and the persons who has secret deals with the government. It is vicious and the international community let them, even as it is sanctioned, the acts are still appearing and has the ability to earn on it.

Based on a number of assumptions, Resource Matters estimates the royalties to the Gertler-affiliated companies can be expected to amount to about $110 million for 2018 and nearly $100 million for 2019. This means that Gertler risks losing about $270,000 in revenue from Glencore’s operations per day. That is nearly twice as much as the world’s best paid soccer player, Lionel Messi, makes at Barcelona” (Resource Matters, P: 6, 2018).

Glencore therefore has to balance the risk of increased pressure in Congo versus the risk of ending up on the U.S. sanctions list. This means that the royalty payments constitute a significant risk, whether they stop or continue. Investors should be able to know how Glencore will deal with this going forward. U.K anti-corruption organization Global Witness has repeatedly lamented the opacity of Glencore’s royalty payments to Gertler’s companies and called for better disclosure” (Resource Matters, P: 8, 2018).

This conclusion was somewhat hasty. Gertler’s gold companies do not explicitly feature on the sanctions list, but that in itself does not matter. Under the U.S. Treasury’s so-called 50%-rule, any company owned at least 50% by a sanctioned entity is considered, per se, sanctioned because it is deemed to be “blocked property” of the sanctioned person. Both Moku Goldmines and Société Minière de Moku-Beverendi are at least 50% owned by Fleurette, a sanctioned entity, and should be considered sanctioned, too. In addition, the fact that no payments are made to Gertler does not shield Randgold from the risk of being sanctioned. The U.S. Treasury could qualify Randgold’s exploration activities at Moku-Beverendi as ‘material support’ to a sanctioned entity and impose sanctions on Randgold” (Resource Matters, P: 9, 2018).

Gertler might be in hot-water and the Kabila government might have decisions to make concerning their alliance. Still, the trades and contracts has been made, if the Kabila government suspend and revoke it, they might have to pay a settlement. While wait for a new company or middle-man to secure a grand deal for the licensing. We can question if the loyalty will be there, as long as the sanctions might hit the companies who works with Gertler. Because, they do not want to lose the profitable and secure delivery of the cobalt and other minerals in the Republic.

Surely, Getler don’t want to miss his winning ways and his double earnings of Messi. He want it and doesn’t care about how. Getler just continue to score and get contracts, which makes his giant fortune. It is by the blessing of his connections in Kinshasa. Peace.

Reference:

Resource Matters – ‘The Global Magnitsky – Effect How will U.S. sanctions against Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler affect the DR Congo’s extractive sector?” (February 2018).

Kenya: Statement by the National Treasury on the Issuance of the Eurobond (22.02.2018)

RDC: Lucha – “Mise au point au sujet des allegations de soutien a la CENI et sur les manifestations de ces 23 et 25 fevier 2018” (21.02.2018)

Kenya: Ngatia & Associates letter to High Court of Kenya – “Re: Misc. Criminal Application No. 57 of 2018, Miguna Miguna – Vs- The Director of Public Prosecutions & 3 others” (20.02.2018)

Rwanda: FDU-Inkingi – “Rwanda, A Country On The Brink: Orphans Taunted, Window’ Property Extorted” (19.02.2018)

RDC: Communique de la Coordonnatrice Humanitaire en Republique Democratique du Congo suite a la Mort de Deux Travailleurs Humanitaires au Nord-Kivu (19.02.2018)

RDC – CENCO: “Declaration de la Conference Episcopale Nationale du Congo – A l’issue de l’Assemblee Pleniere Extraordinaire du 15 au 17 Fevier 2018” (17.02.2018)

Opinion: The twisted tongue of DP Ruto ask people to respect the rule of law!

It is just convenient how the Jubilee and the modern day KANU government profess to the rule of law, the government who themselves are critical of the courts, the ones who has barred judges from appearing and trying to muffle with them since September 2017. It is weird and unique that these gentlemen speaks of the concern of rule of law. When they are ordering unlawful and unjust actions countering the rule of law. When they are in charge misusing the rule of law to take away the rights and privileges, even their citizenship, because they can. That Deputy President William Ruto should instead show his invoices to his palace, instead of talking about the rule of law yesterday. It is insulting to common sense and their codes of conduct.

“All of us must submit to the Constitution of Kenya and the rule of law, not the rule of men” (…) “If there are people who respect the rule of law, then it’s us in Jubilee. We have a track record of abiding by the rule of law and we will continue doing so” (…) “This democratically elected government under the leadership of President Kenyatta will continue to be run on the basis of the constitution and the rule of law” (Kipsang, 2018).

I don’t know about you, but how about all the corruption scandals? How about all the men and woman who has been killed, the extra-judicial killings? Why there are, so many crimes not solved and even looked into? How can this KANU be seen as one for the rule of law?

That is just to begin with and the use of police to harass and detain people without warrants. Taking away gun-licenses and passports without any jurisdiction, That is the rule of law, taking people from meetings and arresting them, stop journalists and bloggers, confiscate their digital equipment and never show the seal of orders. That is the state of affairs. The so called rule of laws in Kenya these day.

The records of accomplishment of Ruto and Kenyatta is not, what they talk, but how they act. How they act and their words are opposite. They speak of peace, but go on total war. The Jubilee speak of following procedure, but when coming to opposition, they go all in without needing to follow the law or the Constitution. They defy the courts, they harass even the judges in public and even house-arrested one at one point last year. Therefore, it is not as if Jubilee is caring much about it. That is why it’s insulting to hear and see that Ruto speak like this.

If Ruto and Kenyatta cares about the constitution, they wouldn’t have sent Miguna Miguna packing to Canada. They would have sent him to the courts and he had to answer for his “crimes”. The same would have happen to Ndii who suddenly faced the law and was arrested without warrants and warning. That is just the state of affairs under Jubilee.

Everyone has to abide the law, except the ones loyal enough to Ruto and Kenyatta, if your not, then you end behind bars for any reasons they can pinpoint at you. They just don’t care, the state and the ones responsible haven’t the need to address it. They can just do it. Like they have done and continue to do.

Therefore, I get tired of insults to common sense, but that is the way of Ruto. That is why he has water all around his home. Since he is afraid of people storming it like a medieval king. Not wanting to have people suddenly barricading his doors and windows. He needs an army to be safe and needs enough security detail as a size of giant village. If not, why did he build a house like that?

Well, that was outside the point, but Ruto. Don’t talk about rule of law, when it doesn’t matter to you or your regime. For you and your elite, the rule of law is a toilet paper that you need to wipe your ass with, but has not existential value or need. It is just there as a grand component, that can be of use when you want to get rid of shit. Peace.

Reference:

Kipsang, Wycliff – ‘Let’s unite and build Kenya, Ruto tells Nasa’ (18.02.2018) link: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Let-us-unite-and-build-Kenya-DP-William-Ruto-tells-Nasa/1064-4310350-5xioti/index.html

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