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President Kenyatta revealed because of the shambolic Jubilee Primaries (that the State House is the Jubilee Headquarters!)

That the Jubilee Party are resembling the National Resistance Movement is clear as day after yesterdays Primary approach. That the unity of 14 parties into one structure wouldn’t be easy, as there as so many up for the tickets from the old parties, that it cannot go without some old local chief getting caught in the wind. Therefore, the acts of the party and the violence yesterday proves the misconception that the President and his Deputy had.

That Uhuru Kenyatta thought it would be an easy excise with splendor and grandeur, show up with puff-pieces in the Standard Digital and Daily Nation today. That the Jubilee printed more T-Shirts than ballots paper says enough. As well as the massive amounts of pre-ticket ballot in Eldoret. Therefore, the death of two persons and a candidate in the hospital bed. Says it all about the progression of party building.

Mr. President it is to make PR campaigns, fabricate a few photo sessions on the State House lawns, but get the people engage with a fair approach, takes courage and tact, and all civil education. The civility wasn’t shown by the party, as the party seemed to deem the results of handpicked men and woman. Who was in advanced trickled down, as the arrangement between the 14 parties had to emerge in the exercise, therefore the result of violence and tear-gas had to occur.

So that the exercise in 21 districts failed yesterday is clear, as the Jubilee wasn’t prepared and didn’t think of the local implications of the merger. That the local leadership combined with the cartels and the public itself. That they thought they could scam through the process and trade the goods without even prepping the material. Raphael Tuju was adamant that the process couldn’t be rigged, but the pictures of pre-ticked ballots, proves otherwise. Sort of like setting up signs in shops. “we do not sell alcohol beverage to drunk people” and than looking at the cashier selling vodka-infused soda to teenagers on late Friday night. Sort of my way of saying kudos to Jubilee’s own Tuju and his promises.

Clearly, the Jubilee didn’t anticipate their hazard and this acts of violence, that the community would go off on all cylinders during their elections. They we’re prepared to mock the opposition parties and their primaries, as their should be easy and a serious walkover. Instead, the show of contempt and disbelief as the party had to suspend the primaries as well. This is not a good look, when the ruling party and ruling regime cannot elect inside their own party. Than, how can we trust the same men with conducting a national election?

That Deputy President William Ruto is now preparing for Primaries on Monday and Tuesday next week isn’t assuring, they should have configured this long time ago. When the 14 parties went into a pact to become one single unit. To not be different structures, but one.

To top it off this tweet came today from Kenyatta: ”I gave a statement on the shambolic #JubileePrimaries at the new Jubilee Party headquarters in State House, Nairobi” (Kenyatta, 22.04.2017).

So that the DP Ruto and Kenyatta now takes it serious is clear, but it cannot be correct that the Jubilee Headquarters is at the State House. The State and Jubilee party, shouldn’t that be to separate entities, as the other parties should be able to use the State House, not only Jubilee. Therefore, the careless and reckless behavior of Kenyatta comes to the forefront, at he disrespect the State House in the name of Jubilee, just as he has done with the other functions of Jubilee. So the President clearly doesn’t consider the ethical implications of his maladministration.

Maladministration is the reason for the yesterday fiasco and failure to conduct primaries. Where ballot papers are burned, where there is riots and where there is violence in the streets. Something that shouldn’t happen in this and age. That the President thinks that his own people is so stupid to see this blatant disregard of public institutions and the public offices. Since the misuse of State House is just a drop of water in the cup.

That Kenyatta himself is stating that the Primaries was shambolic proves at least that he understand the implication and the view of the process. As the pre-ticked ballots and violence wasn’t what a ruling party and a united front should show to the world. Instead, that is what they did and they did not do it properly. What it seems like is that they thought the public wouldn’t mind if they handpicked the candidates for them and the ones decided in the chambers of the State House. Since the State House is the new Jubilee Party Headquarter.

We can wonder else the President will reveal of how Jubilee conduct their affairs and how much they are integrated into the state. So that they will fight harder and use all sort of tricks to keep the portfolio and control of the state, even after the August 2017 election. Peace.

RDC: Communication du Bureau Politique de la Majorite Presidentielle (22.04.2017)

RDC: Declaration de la Conference Episcopale Nationale du Congo sur la Situation Socio-Politique Actuelle en RD Congo (20.04.2017)

Kasai violence drives over 11,000 Congolese to seek refuge in Angola (21.04.20017)

The brutal conflict in Congo’s previously peaceful Kasai region has already displaced more than one million civilians within the country since it began in mid-2016.

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 21, 2017 – A spike of violence in the Kasai Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now forced over 11,000 refugees to seek safety in Angola. Border points and villages inside the Southern African nation have seen a sharp increase in refugee arrivals with over 9,000 arriving so far in April. The brutal conflict in Congo’s previously peaceful Kasai region has already displaced more than one million civilians within the country since it began in mid-2016.

Those fleeing into Angola continue to arrive mainly in Dundo, the capital of north-eastern Luanda Norte Province.

Refugees reported fleeing attacks from militia groups, who are targeting police, military officials, and civilians who they believe are supporting or representing the Government. After running away from fighting rebel and Government forces, some refugees had to hide in the forest for several days before fleeing to Angola. Refugees are arriving in desperate conditions, without access to clean water, food or shelter.

The situation among children is dire, as many arriving malnourished and sick – suffering from diarrhea, fever and malaria. Two children are reported to have already died from severe malnutrition. UNHCR is concerned for the fate of others suffering from worrying levels of food insecurity and illnesses.

The new arrivals are terrified and still fear for their lives and mentioned they do not have any immediate plans to return home. Some parents have reportedly sent their children across the border, worrying they would be forcibly recruited by the militias if they had stayed in the DRC.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is currently coordinating refugee response with the Government, local authorities and partners on the ground. We are also negotiating with the Government for proper hosting sites as the current border locations are overcrowded and not suitable. UNHCR is sending an additional emergency team to Dundo this Saturday to support relief efforts.

UNHCR is in the process of shipping family tents, kitchens sets, blankets, mosquito nets, sleeping mats and other essential relief items to the area.

Further aid is urgently needed, as refugees are forced to stay in makeshift buildings in the border villages. Angola’s wet season peaks in April, and UNHCR is especially worried about the ongoing rains –– which could further complicate living conditions and the health of refugees, especially the most vulnerable such as women, children, the elderly and the disabled.

UNHCR welcomes the response of the Government of Angola in keeping its borders open for continued refugee arrivals. We hope that this gesture of goodwill will continue as the situation remains dire in DRC’s Kasai region. UNHCR is also underlining the importance of not returning people in need of international protection to the DRC.

Kenya: Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu Statement on the KPMG Audit of the Register of Voters (19.04.2017)

DRC: “Further mass graves and killings discovered in Kasais” says Zeid (19.04.2017)

This brings to 40 the number of mass graves documented by the UN in Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental Provinces since August 2016.

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 19, 2017 – UN investigators in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have confirmed the existence of at least 17 further mass graves in Kasai Central Province, which has been the scene of clashes between soldiers and members of a local militia known as Kamuina Nsapu. This brings to 40 the number of mass graves documented by the UN in Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental Provinces since August 2016.

The presence of the additional graves was confirmed during an investigation mission to Kasai Central between 5 and 7 April by staff from the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) and UN Police (UNPOL).

Fifteen of the mass graves were in a cemetery in the town of Tshimbulu and two in the locality of Tshienke. The UN team gathered information that soldiers from the Forces armées de la Republique démocratique du Congo (FARDC) had reportedly dug the graves, after clashing with presumed elements of the Kamuina Nsapu militia between 26 and 28 March. At least 74 people, including 30 children, were reported to have been killed by soldiers as a result of these clashes.

The UN team also visited Kananga to gather information about alleged abuses and violations there. Between 28 and 30 March, FARDC soldiers were reported to have shot dead at least 40 people, including 11 children and 12 women, in the Nganza commune of Kananga, and injured at least 21 others. The majority of the victims were said to have been killed in their homes as soldiers went door to door looking for militia members.

Two of the victims died in hospital, while the remaining 38 were reportedly buried by the local population in three mass graves. FARDC soldiers were also reported to have buried an unknown number of bodies in a fourth mass grave in Nganza cemetery.

UNJHRO also received reports that at least two women and three girls had been raped by FARDC soldiers during the same operation in Nganza. Defence and security forces were alleged to have arrested and detained 27 people, including 10 boys and a 15-year-old girl.

The UN investigators, who also visited the Katoka commune of Kananga, heard reports that during search operations by officers from the Police nationale congolaise (PNC) on 28 March, a 23-year-old man, a 17-year-old boy and a one-month-old baby had been killed. The UN team was told that the baby had been fatally injured after being trampled on by police officers searching their house.

The Kamuina Nsapu militia, which is loyal to a local customary chief killed by the army on 12 August last year, has been accused of recruiting hundreds of children into its ranks, and targeting state agents and symbols, including government premises, schools, hospitals, police stations, as well as churches. An example of such violence happened on 30 March when about 30 alleged Kamuina Nsapu militiamen attacked the parish church of Saint-Jean de Masuika in Luiza territory, where they ill-treated at least three nuns and a priest, threatening to kill them. In addition, the priest and one of the nuns were reportedly abducted and then released the next day after money was paid. The militiamen also vandalized the church, breaking doors and windows, and burning the priest’s chasubles.

“The discovery of yet more mass graves and the reports of continued violations and abuses highlight the horror that has been unfolding in the Kasais over the last nine months,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

“It is absolutely vital that the Government of the DRC takes meaningful steps, which to date have been lacking,  to ensure that there is a prompt, transparent, and independent investigation to establish the facts and circumstances of alleged human rights violations and abuses perpetrated by all parties, and other abuses of justice. My Office has offered its assistance in conducting such a credible investigation. We reiterate our request for access to all sites of mass graves, as well as to all witnesses, including those in detention, and other relevant information necessary to determine responsibility at all levels,” Zeid said.

“The scale and nature of the violence increasingly underscore the need to monitor the situation closely. Should there be no effective national investigation, I will not hesitate to urge the international community to support an investigation by an international mechanism, including the International Criminal Court, which recently reminded the DRC authorities of their primary responsibility under the Rome Statute to investigate and prosecute the alleged acts of violence in the Kasais,” the High Commissioner said.

Kenya: Dr. Naomi N. Shaban MP Resignation Letter of 8th April 2017

MFFPS press statement strongly condemns Imbonerakure militia’s “call for rape and impregnation” of women and girls in Burundi (08.04.2017)

Kenya: NASA issued yesterday on progress of NASA Technical committee (06.04.2017)

Burundi: La Video de l’Horreur (05.04.2017)

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