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President Bongo medical transfer from Riyadh to Rabat: 36 days abroad and Counting!

In Libreville they are awaiting and wondering when President Ali Bongo will return from his sickness and hospital visits in Saudi Arabia and now in Morocco. As President Bongo has been gone for 36 days, as the unverified reports are saying he got a stroke while visiting a conference in Riyadh early October. Now, it is the end of November and nothing is certain yet. Except there is no good hospital for treatment in Gabon to save his ass.

That is what we really can learn from this, where a President first has to take major treatment in the Saudi Arabia and that will now get the last relief of treatment in Morocco. Clearly, Bongo, the Second Generation of failing President in Gabon. You are clearly failing, when you cannot get healed where you reside and rule. You know your doing a terrible job as an Executive, when you cannot use the services, that your government is providing the citizens. Because, the President doesn’t feel safe enough or healthy enough to return to Libreville.

The Communique from the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication — Département de la Communication in Morocco said this today: “This transfer “comes in accordance with the wishes of His Excellency President Bongo, in agreement with the Constitutional Institutions of the Gabonese Republic and in accordance with the opinion of the doctors,” according to a statement issued by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday. The wife of Gabonese President Sylvia announced Tuesday on her Facebook page that her husband would leave the Saudi capital on Wednesday for Rabat, saying that the transfer was “made possible by the very significant improvement” in the state of health of her husband” (…) “President Bongo must be joined in Rabat by several Gabonese officials, including the chief of staff, the secretary general, the chief of protocol or the spokesman of the presidency, as told to AFP an official source to the Gabonese Presidency” (Maroc.ma – ‘Communiqué: Le président gabonais à Rabat pour un séjour de convalescence’ 29.11.2018).

What is rich about this, is that Omar Bongo died officially in Morocco too. Therefore, that he is moved there is a worrying sign of the medical treatment and also the medical condition of Bongo. It is nothing official about his death. This is just an official movement of a patient, who happens to a President. A Second Generation, who is ruling a country. Where he isn’t a suitable patient.

That is the staggering tale, that the same that happen to the father is now happening to the son. Of the same Republic and the same ruling regime. The same sins are repeating. Now like father like son, they are transferred. They are both being moved as patients abroad, but the length of the stint is creating a power vacuum and the VP/PM has already altered the Constitution to take action. Which has created a Constitutional Crisis in a way, where they have taken while Bongo is gone. Therefore, this shows how fragile the system is, when one family rules supreme and there isn’t building of institutions.

This is a mockery of a great nation, of a people who deserves better. The Gabonese doesn’t deserve this, they deserve someone who represent them and make sure the leaders can heal back home. That is the truth and it should be stated. Bongo 1st Generation should have had capacity in all the years of his reign to build proper Health Care and Hospitals in Gabon. Instead, they have enriched themselves and built fortunes for themselves. They have not been there for the public and been public servants. As they should have been.

That is why the Second Generation of President, also have to seek medical treatment abroad. Because none of them cared about the hospitals back-home. Which is showing the tragic state of affairs, that they left behind. Peace.

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Ali Bongo: The son that didn’t learn from the sins of his father!

What is clear these days, that certain leaders who succeed their fathers at the throne. Haven’t learned a single thing from the past and neither interested in challenging the acts of their father. This can be said for the Second Generation of Dictator in Gabon. A place where Ali Bongo has resided and been the President since September 2009 and lastly re-elected in a scrupulous election in 2016. He took over for his father Omar Bongo who reigned the Republic for 41 years until his death in 2009. Meaning that the family who has been ruling since 1967 and has now had power for 51 years are still not able to do the basics at home.

These two gentle men, both Omar and Ali has both been able to arrest, detain and stop the opposition. They have both been able to control all the state reserves and run the Republic like their fiefdom. However, they are still not able to the basics of the statehood. When, these gentlemen get severely sick. They have to transfer abroad.

Earlier this week, Ali Bongo, the President of 9 years and Second Generation fled to Saudi Arabia over “fatigue” and illness. We don’t know to what extent. Later on Sunday, the same President have been transferred to London, United Kingdom for more treatment. Clearly, the indication of the serious of the sickness is revealing with the change of location. But we don’t know to what extent. There been false-flag reports of his death. Which can confirm is untrue.

What we can confirm is that the father on his last travels for medical treatment went to Spain for help. Omar Bongo couldn’t trust his own Republic’s own hospitals, because he knew the state didn’t have the ability or the treatment facilities needed for the purpose of his trip there. The same as the son, who has to flee from the oil-rich republic to Saudi Arabia before traveling further to London, United Kingdom.

This shows the failure and utter neglect of the state. When the Executive, the Commanders in Chief and the elites. Forgets their purpose and the state services, the needs for a working Ministry of Health and the Hospitals. Not, only afford to import snow for a party or pay enough security guards to cause trouble for Jean Ping.

The Bongo family have forgotten why they were ruling. Not to own dozens of properties in France, luxurious cars and spend lavishly in Europe. But to actually serve the Republic. That part of the equation is forgotten in the spoils of eating of the state reserves and the kickbacks from the foreign companies licensing business in Gabon.

Just like with the father, before traveling to Saudi Arabia. The government ordered to close the borders of the Republic. That is a sign of the seriousness. As the cronies around the president have been saying it is fatigue, like they did with Omar, when they said it was he was “alive and well” hours before his passing in Barcelona, Spain. Who knows how it goes with Ali now, but the similar patterns are there.

Though Ali is much younger than Omar, who was 73 years old and Ali is 59 years old at this date. If these men cared about their republics. They are the Second and Third President of the Republic since Independence. They would have ensured the Republic had working facilities for the days the citizens and themselves come in need of health care. However, they have been preoccupied eating and therefore. Asking and paying foreigners to find the cure.

This shows how the current son, never learned from his father. The sins of the father are staining the son. Who are doing just the same and never thought it would have consequences. However, it does. He is a health care nomad. Because his own Republic doesn’t have the basics in order.

Shiish. It shouldn’t be like this in 2018, but it is, because these gentlemen set the rules and didn’t care. Peace.

Cameroun: Ministere des Relations Exterieures lettre du A Monsieur le Directeur General de Gabon 24 – “Objet: Mise au Point” (28.10.2018)

RDC: Communique de Presse (09.07.2018)

RDC: CLC – Le Peuple Congolais Revendique Haut et Fort son Droit a des Elections Credibles (07.07.2018)

 

Human Rights council discusses situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (05.07.2018)

The committee appealed to government, faith-based organisations, traditional leaders and community organisations to join hands against this scourge that is plaguing our society.

PRETORIA, South Africa, July 5, 2018 – The committee was made aware of the weaknesses and strengths within Sapo and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) before this process was implemented. Because weaknesses in the implementation of the payment process are now becoming manifest, the committee wants to revisit the roadmap that Sapo presented to the committee and to hear about the progress Sapo has made in its checklist for disbursements.

Such weaknesses include, among other things, long queues, stampedes in post offices, the inability of staff to cope with large numbers of people and the unavailability of enough cash in most areas. This is why the committee wants to understand how far both entities are in working together to ensure that grants are disseminated successfully in future.

The committee has also urged Sassa to improve the way it communicates with South Africans and to do so timeously, particularly when challenges are anticipated. The committee urges Sassa to ensure that frontline staff dealing directly with the public are kind and courteous.

The committee also believes that Sassa should consider alternative ways of using a pin number to access the social grants. It has transpired through provincial reports that a lot of grant beneficiaries, particularly the elderly, easily forget their pin numbers and there was no support system, as had been promised before implementation.

The scourge of sexual assault on children was also before the committee at today’s meeting. Some of the Chapter 9 institutions attending the meeting suggested that poor coordination is failing these vulnerable groups. The committee resolved to ask the Minister of Social Development to take up the matter with the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Leader of Government Business. This serious social challenge requires a response from government, particularly from within the Department of Social Development, which should champion this response.

The committee also sent sincere condolences to all families whose loved ones passed away as a result of a sexual assault. The committee appealed to government, faith-based organisations, traditional leaders and community organisations to join hands against this scourge that is plaguing our society.

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein: “Enhanced interactive dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo” (03.07.2018)

3 July 2018

Distinguished President
Members of the International Team of experts,
Excellencies,

This interactive dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo is both timely and important. The human rights situation remains of great concern across the country. The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office has documented an increased number of violations: 2,858 from January to May this year, as compared to 2,332 during the same period in 2017 – and the real scale of violations is certainly even greater.

The security situation continues to deteriorate in several regions across the country, with dramatic impact on civilians.

I remain particularly concerned about the violence in South and North Kivu, and in the Kasai regions, with increasing activity by Nyatura and other Mayi-Mayi armed groups in North Kivu, as well as a Mayi-Mayi coalition led by William Yakutumba that is particularly active in South Kivu and, more recently, in the province of Maniema.

Interethnic and intercommunity violence has also continued in Ituri province between members of the Hema and Lendu communities, resulting in deaths, the burning of villages, and mass displacement. Recently deployed army troops are also alleged to have committed human rights violations, particularly targeting the Lendu community.

The situation in the Kasai regions is also deeply preoccupying, with severe abuses against civilians by armed groups, and multiple human rights violations committed by Congolese defence and security forces in their response to the activities of these militias. You will be appraised of the findings of the team of international experts dispatched by my Office in line with the Council’s Resolution 35/33. In this context, I would like to note that further to Resolution 35/33, my Office has also assisted the military authorities’ investigation in the Kasai regions, with two missions by forensic, judicial and witness protection experts.

Mr President,

These and other conflicts continue to drive very large numbers of people away from their homes and livelihoods – further deepening their vulnerability to violations, particularly in the case of women and children. According to OCHA, there are now 4.4 million internally displaced people in the DRC.

I strongly urge the authorities to abide by their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law in all the conflict zones, namely Bas-Uélé, Haut-Uélé, South and North Kivu, Maniema, Tanganyika and the Kasai regions.  I further urge much stronger efforts to hold the perpetrators of violations responsible. The perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence must also be held to account – even, and perhaps especially, when they are agents of the State.

Members of the Congolese armed forces, or FARDC, appear to have been responsible for fully one third of the violations and abuses, including sexual violence, which the UN Joint Human Rights Office has documented across all the conflict zones since the beginning of the year. These crimes do not only harm their victims: they damage the credibility of the authorities responsible for protection, inciting people to create or join irregular self-defence groups. I urge the Government to undertake the necessary measures to ensure the prosecution of perpetrators of these human rights violations. Effective justice will be a deterrent to prevent future violations by members of the military.

I note that in recent months there has been some limited progress in establishing accountability for past violations. In April, a Lieutenant Colonel was sentenced by the South Kivu military tribunal to a 20-year prison term for crimes against humanity and war crimes, including sexual slavery, as well as pillage and attacks on civilians, committed between 2005 and 2007.

Mr President,

I am also deeply troubled by numerous violations of human rights norms and principles in relation to people’s rights to participate in the democratic space. This persistent trend raises serious doubts about the credibility of the DRC’s long-delayed elections, which are now due to take place on 23 December 2018.

Regrettably, there has been no progress in implementing the confidence-building measures laid out in the 31 December 2016 political agreement, including respect for the rights to freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly, the release of all political prisoners, and accountability for human rights violations. The alleged perpetrators of violations, including those who have used disproportionate force to suppress demonstrations, continue to benefit from widespread impunity, undermining public trust in commitments made by the Government.

As requested, my Office has provided technical advice to the national commission of inquiry set up by the Government in response to the brutal attacks which took place during protests in December 2017 and January 2018. The report of the commission, which was released in March, concluded that members of the police and army committed human rights violations, including excessive use of force. It formulated a number of very pertinent recommendations, notably lifting the ban on public demonstrations, and restrictions on use of the military during demonstrations. I regret that to date most of these recommendations have not been implemented and that the consolidated report was transferred to the Ministry of Justice only last week.

Despite verbal commitments by the Minister of Human Rights to lift the ban on public demonstrations, the authorities continued to prohibit or repress activities organized by civil society and opposition parties. In March, April and May, my Office documented 61 violations of the right to freedom of assembly. For example, on 19 May, in Kindu, Maniema province, the launch of the opposition platform Ensemble pour le changement was banned by local authorities, although the President’s political party organised two public demonstrations in Kindu that same month without impediment.

Intimidation of human rights activists and journalists has intensified, with many suffering regular threats to their lives and families. Multiple cases of arbitrary arrests and detention by the security forces continue to be documented by UNJHRO. Lengthy incommunicado detentions by intelligence services, without judicial review, are another matter of great concern and should be prohibited.

Moreover, legislation currently in preparation appears to be intended to further restrict public freedoms and the role of civil society in the DRC. These bills include a draft law on terrorism; a draft law on the protection and responsibilities of human rights defenders, which is currently before Parliament; and a draft law regulating the work of non-profit organizations. I strongly encourage Members of Parliament to refrain from adopting laws which fail to comply with the people’s human rights.

Mr President,

Landmark elections are approaching in a context characterised by continued restrictions of rights and freedoms, and a shrinking democratic space. The Government should be encouraged to prevent further erosion of the rights of the Congolese people at this crucial time, and to fully implement its commitments under the 31 December 2016 agreement, including the release of all political prisoners.

Measures to uphold human rights will also address many root causes of the conflicts now raging in the DRC, which have led to one of the continent’s largest caseloads of displaced people. Both national security and international security can only be obtained when individual security and rights are respected.

The work of the Office, through technical cooperation and monitoring, brings vital assistance to the authorities, including in the electoral process. We stand ready to provide further necessary support to the government to uphold the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people.

Thank you Mr President.

RDC: Ensemble – Declaration du President D’Ensemble pour le Changement Relative au Processus Electoral (01.07.2018)

RDC – Declaration Politique de la DCUD sur le Processus Electoral: Appel a la Vigilance Proactive (30.06.2018)

Defence and security forces along with the Kamuina Nsapu and Bana Mura militias have committed “crimes against humanity and war crimes” in the of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, United Nations experts said on Tuesday following an investigation (27.06.2018)

Experts revealed that two years after the conflict began, the crimes and destruction continue – resulting in some 1.4 million people internally displaced, and another 35,000 who have fled to Angola.

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 27, 2018 –“We are shocked by this disastrous situation that has claimed the lives of several thousand people and continues to rage in the region, without provoking national or international attention,” said Bacre Waly Ndiaye, President of the Team of International Experts appointed by the Human Rights Council.

The experts believed that following an upsurge in violence, which has swept the Kasai region since 2016, civilian killings, including children, and atrocities – such as mutilations, rapes and other forms of sexual violence, torture and exterminations – were committed in a generalized and systematic fashion, constituting crimes against humanity.

“It is high time for justice to put an end to impunity if we do not want the ethnic dimension of the conflict to worsen,” he added.

The experts revealed that two years after the conflict began, the crimes and destruction continue – resulting in some 1.4 million people internally displaced, and another 35,000 who have fled to Angola. Women have been enslaved and some abuses may also amount to ethnic persecution.

While warning of an alarming humanitarian situation that has been particularly harsh on children, the team flagged that the Kamuina Nsapu militia also recruited boys and girls.

According to the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization, about 3.2 million people continue to be severely food insecure, and malnutrition rates, especially for children, are high.

Among other recommendations, the experts demanded that the militias be disarmed and that a reconciliation process be implemented to avoid another wave of violence and allow the return of the displaced and refugees.

They emphasized that the responsibility to prosecute those guilty of international crimes – and to end the impunity that persists – lies first and foremost with the Congolese authorities.

The team proposed that the capacity of military investigative entities be built up so that the perpetrators of the international crimes committed in Kasai since 2016 – including by officials in the highest positions – can be investigated and prosecuted.

It also called for proper care to be provided to the survivors of rapes and sexual violence. Meanwhile, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, which is already investigating the situation, has expressed her concern about the acts of violence committed in the Kasai region and that she intends to monitor the situation closely.

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