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Opinion: President Museveni praises Equatorial Guinea for it’s rampant Oil-Corruption; wants to learn his tricks!

In these days the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the Republic of Uganda are on a state visit in Malabo, visiting and learning tricks from the Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Nguema Obiang, who has used the oil to enrich himself and his loyal subjects. Not build a welfare state, but make sure the family of Obiang get wealthy. Certainly, Uganda is preparing for their own oil production in the Lake Albertine basin, as the pipeline building from the production to the Port Tanga in Tanzania.

This is why President Museveni are visiting Equatorial Guinea to learn the tricks of the trade, as the state of Uganda are still in the dark of the oil-deals between the international companies and the state. We can wonder how the funds will be spoiled and how Museveni plans to use the oil funds for personal gains. If so, he wouldn’t praise President Obiang, who has his whole career to spend the oil profits from his republic. This is what Museveni wants to learn, since his career has been tricking out all sorts of play from Ugandan republic. The petroleum profits can be misspent and hidden just like in the republic of Obiang. Take a look!

President Museveni’s praise:

We are therefore in Equatorial Guinea for two things: looking at how to support prosperity of one another and how to push for our strategic security. I also congratulate Equatorial Guinea for using it’s oil and gas very well. When I was last here for the AU Summit, I noticed gaps between the airport and the city centre. Today, all these gaps were gone. In their place are new, well-planned buildings. And I see the city is refurbished. Some people say oil is a curse but in Equatorial Guinea it is a blessing” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, 26.08.2017)

Business in Equatorial Guinea:

Since the discovery of the offshore oil deposits, many investors have shown great interest in the country. Foreign direct investment inflows into the country had thus been consistently high for the past years. Nevertheless, in 2016 the FDI inflow amounted to USD 54 million, a sharp decrease from USD 233 million recorded the previous year (and the historical peak of USD 2.73 billion in 2010) . The total stock of FDI in the country is currently at USD 13.4 billion” (…) “Corruption in particular is problematic. In addition, the business climate of the country remains rather unfavourable for investment. Cumbersome procedures and high compliance costs slow licensing and make starting a business more difficult. Weak regulatory and judicial systems may discourage foreign investment as well, along with high credit costs and limited access to financing. The government controls long-term lending through the state-owned development bank. Equatorial Guinea ranked 178th out of 190 countries in the 2017 Doing Business report published by the World Bank, losing three spots compared to the previous year” (Santander Trade, 2017).

Son of the President on trial:

The corruption trial of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, ended in Paris on 6 July with the prosecution calling for a three-year jail term, a €30 million (US$34 million) fine and the confiscation of assets. The Tribunal will return a verdict on 27 October. The 48-year-old vice-president of Equatorial Guinea was not in court to hear the prosecution’s claim that he used money stolen from his country’s treasury and laundered through a shell company to fund a lavish lifestyle in France” (Transparency International, 2017).

This was what that is well-known of the Equatorial Guinea corruption and the son of President has also had challenging cases in the United States. Now the son is also having alleged fraud and criminal charges in France. Clearly, the Ugandan President has already known for corruption behavior. Therefore, even a state agency of PPDA has some words, that the government needs strict regulations before procurement and infrastructure development. This will be clearly important when it comes to petroleum industry. Take a look!

PPDA strict regulation on public procurement:

Public procurement is a key pillar of the public financial management system. The country’s budget and plans are translated into actual services to our people through the public procurement system. It is also the link between the public sector and the private sector as it is the medium through which the private sector does business with Government. Public procurement therefore involves large sums of money and as our budget grows with the priorities of Government remaining infrastructure development, the proportion of the budget earmarked for public procurement remains significant and therefore calls for strict regulation” (PPDA, 2017).

Audits and investigations by the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets indicate that corruption in the procurement process manifests more in the evaluation of bids, reported to be at 58%. PPDA’s Manager Capacity Building Ronald Tumuhairwe says such corrupt practices lead to awarding of contracts to incompetent individuals hence shoddy works in several government projects” (…) “He adds that the second process where corruption manifests is awarding of contracts at 12.5%, followed by receipt and opening of bids, reviewing evaluation of bids, advertising and signing of contracts” (Sebunya, 2017).

President Museveni clearly has own agencies saying it is important with strict regulations on procurement and infrastructure developments like the ones needed for oil industry in the republic. The regulation of oil industry is lax, to make sure the state isn’t transparent with its profits and taxation of the industry. This is what Museveni wants, that the state and the public doesn’t know the contracts or the agreements between the parties involved. That is something President Obiang surely have the capacity to teach Museveni. And how to make sure his family is earning from the state resource, instead of the public and the state itself. Peace.

Reference:

Transparency International – ‘ON TRIAL FOR CORRUPTION: FRENCH PROSECUTORS DEMAND JAIL TERM AND €30 MILLION FINE FOR OBIANG’ (11.07.2017) link: https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/on_trial_for_corruption_french_prosecutors_demand_jail_term_and_30_million

Santander Trade – ‘EQUATORIAL GUINEA: FOREIGN INVESTMENT’ (August 2017) link: https://en.portal.santandertrade.com/establish-overseas/equatorial-guinea/investing-3

Sebunya, Wycliffe – ‘Corruption manifests most in the procurement process – IG’ (25.08.2017) link:http://radioonefm90.com/corruption-manifests-most-in-the-procurement-process-ig/

PPDA – ‘EVALUATING INNOVATIVE ANTI CORRUPTION POLICIES IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT IN UGANDA’ (02.08.2017) link: https://www.ppda.go.ug/evaluating-innovative-anti-corruption-policies-in-public-procurement-in-uganda/

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A brief look into the Kenyan Presidential Election Petition of 2017!

The heavy contested Presidential Election in Kenya are now soon starting in courts. Both parties have delivered their affidavits and evidence, either of a “free and fair” election and the other of a rigged party. This is the questions that the Supreme Court of Kenya will look into, the different evidence from the National Super Alliance (NASA) and the Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga and the Jubilee Party and incumbent Presidential Candidate Uhuru Kenyatta. This documents has been delivered before, but I will now take my favorite passages from some of the documents. Since there are interesting and sort of different than usual. I wouldn’t expect all of these words from either party. But worth taking note, since they are describing two different scenario of the same event. Not strange, considering Kenyatta wants to keep power and linger, while Odinga want justice for the voters.

Uhuru Kenyatta in his affidavit states:

The difference between the votes cast in my favour and those cast in favour of the 1st Petitioner is 1,401,286. Such a margin is significant and emphatically demonstrates the sovereign will of the people of Kenya” (…) “Despite such clear poll victory, the 1st Petitioner has continuously disparaged the electoral win and coined such demeaning remarks as computer generated leaders” (…) “The Deputy President and I are not computer generated leaders (“vifaranga vya computer”). The electoral victory was effected by the Kenyan voters” (Uhuru Kenyatta Affidavit to Election Petition No. 1. of 20017).

Raila Odinga in his affidavit states:

In particular, I am aggrieved that the conduct of the presidential election failed to meet the constitutionally prescribed threshold of free, fair, transparent, accountable, credible and/or verifiable elections on the following brief grounds;” (…) “The collation, tallying, verification and transmission of presidential election results was riddled with major procedural flaws, illegalities and/or irregularities of the nature and extent that compromised the credibility of the outcome and/or final results declared on the 11th August 2017” (…) “Bearing in mind the mischief that electronic transmission of results sought to cure and the constitutional obligation that the transmission be prompt, secure, accurate, verifiable, accountable and efficient, the unreasonable delay in electronically transmitting results together with the prescribed forms grossly affected the credibility and therefore the validity of the results purportedly declared by the 1st Respondent. Indeed the 1st Respondent’s Chief Executive Officer, Ezra Chiloba is on record admitting that as at 17th August, the 1st Respondent was yet to provide all the forms 34A and 34B – over 9 days after close of polling” (Raila Odinga Affidavit to Election Petition No. 1. of 2017).

These two affidavits shows a spectrum of difference and understandably so, since Kenyatta wants to keep power and doesn’t accept being a computer manipulated leader. This might be true, but the results delivered on the IEBC Portal is and are weird, as the IEBC has not been truthful with deliverance of counting and verifying the results. So that the NASA petition and affidavit is so critical is understandable to. Since he see the rigging and the possible fraud within the election, he can question it so since Chiloba was honest saying after the announcement of result. That the IEBC didn’t have the credibility it needed, especially also considering what even Chiloba said days after.

Like take a look at what the NASA written submission:

The Petitioners, in paragraph 23.4 of the Petition contend that all returns without the IEBC’s official stamp not bearing the particulars and signatures of the Returning Officers, not bearing the particulars and signatures of the agents, and those not borne on the prescribed forms are invalid. In paragraph 23.7.8 the Petitioners aver that a substantial number of Forms 34A and 34B do not bear the IEBC authentic stamp or at all” (…) “65. The Petitioners, from paragraph 21.2.4- 21.2.8, allege the following:

i) The information in Forms 34A is not consistent with the information recorded in Forms 34B; in the result the Form 34Bs were not accurate, verifiable, internally consistent and are consequently invalid;

ii) The nature and extent of the inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the tabulations is not clerical but deliberate and calculated; and

iii) The Petitioners aver that the inaccuracies and inconsistencies affect and account for at least 7 million votes” (NASA Written Submission to Election Petition No. 1. of 2017).

When the NASA has these rightful claims to make and measure of 7 million votes possibly tampered with in favor of Jubilee, it says the level of possible rigging. As the public themselves has scrutinized the IEBC Portal and the documentations of Polling Stations and their forms. This has not encouraged the trust of this election. Therefore, it is still healthy to read the defense from Jubilee.

My Lords, we must appreciate that the voting result anywhere in the country didn’t produce any unusual voter turnout. Both the 3rd Respondent and the Petitioner scored high in their strongholds. The advantage of the 3rd Respondent had high voter registration, which simply carried over unto the victory he scored against the Petitioner” (…) “Vide the Petition dated 8th of August 2017, the Petitioner also seeks that immediately upon the filing of the Petition, the 1st Respondent do avail all the material including electronic documents, devices and equipment for the Presidential Election within 48 hours; and secondly immediately upon the filing of the Petition, the 1st Respondent do produce, avail and allow access for purposes of inspection of all the logs of any and all servers hosted by and/or on behalf of the 1st Respondent in respect of the Presidential Election within 48 hours;” (…) “From a reading of this, we humbly submit that the Petitioner is engaging in a fishing expedition and ultimately seeking to shift the burden of proof upon the Respondents herein. It is trite law that he who alleges must prove. The burden of proof is on the Petitioners to prove the facts as alleged against the Respondents herein. A petitioner who seeks to annul an election bears the legal burden of proof throughout the proceedings. The Petitioner is required to prove such facts by adducing credible evidence in support and if he fails to do so his case must fail” (Jubilee Written Submission to Election Petition No. 1. of 2017).

The Jubilee, clearly doesn’t show much else than swagger in this take of it. Instead of coming with evidence or legal remedy, they are using political power. Nearly, saying that NASA are crying foul, instead of being truthful about the matter. That as the public even has seen so many questionable declaration forms. Like the NASA is out fishing for sympathy, however the Jubilee are really just claiming a fair win, without showing any effort of doing so.

The IEBC affidavit of Chiloba says something interesting too:

THAT I reiterate that the results of the outcome of the presidential election in the various polling stations are as contained in the Forms 34A. The inadvertent transmission of wrong images on the pubic portal did not affect or invalidate the result contained in the statutory Forms 34A” (…) “ THAT in response to paragraphs 6 & 7 of the Affidavit, I confirm that all agents at the National Tallying Centre were provided with access to the Forms 34A and 34B and given an opportunity to verify the results before declaration” (Chiloba Affidavit to Election Petition No. 1. of 2017).

I hate to say it CEO Chiloba, somewhere here in your testimony your lying, if not your we’re lying 9 days after declaration of results on these Presidential Election. Since the agents at the Tallying Centre we’re supposed to have the forms before declared results on the IEBC Portal, but alas, the state of affairs wasn’t so. Since you continued to upload the forms days after announcing the results. Something is not right and you as Chairman knows this, the same knows Jubilee and NASA. That is just a mere fact, since you cannot in the press says day after “we are still uploading missing forms” and in affidavit for the courts say “we had all forms”… There is a lie either today or yesterday, which should we believe Mr. Officer?

As we continue there are more things to look into. As the Election Petition is heavy, but this is the tiny pieces of it. Chairman Wafula Chebukati says this:

THAT it is not correct, as the Petitioners have alleged, that the Commission presided over a shambolic 8th August 2017 presidential election. No single activity/process was done haphazardly” (…) “THAT I verily believe that the electronic transmission of the results by the Commission was secure, prompt, accurate, verifiable, accountable and efficient. All the results declaration Forms were subject to verification by the candidates’ agents/representative and immediately thereafter forwarded to the National Tallying Centre” (Chebukati Affidavit to Election Petition No. 1. of 2017).

The Chairman compared to the CEO has more spunk, has more flair in his words against the petitioners, well, the Jubilee and IEBC has attacked the NASA, before they addressed national insecurity. So that just fit a pattern. Clearly, the IEBC tries to save face in this instance. Well, if Chebukati was speaking the truth, why does he counter the words of Chiloba and even Odinga? Who is lying Chiloba no.1. or no. 2. or is Odinga? It is hard to wonder who did the forms when and why they we’re announced declared, before the public results we’re done. The Portal continued to run its simulation even days after announcement of victor. So the Chiloba and Chebukati, must feel pressure to explain this in the courts.

To take another affidavit, we should look briefly a little of what Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka says:

As a result, the credibility of the outcome of the presidential election has been gravely compromised and is, on available evidence, not representative of the will of the people” (Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka affidavit to Election Petition No. 1. of 2017).

It is a serious warning of Kalonzo since he says the Kenyatta victory would undermine the whole will of the Kenyan people. There we’re many who voted Jubilee and the incumbent, also on their MPs and other positions, but the NASA believes because of their evidence that they are ones the people selected. The whole process was made to secure the Jubilee and Kenyatta again. Therefore, this is compromising the electoral process and the legitimacy of Jubilee.

This is just a little bit of it and not a deep dig even. But the clear questionable election and the petition will open more can of words, than the documents on the Judiciary Kenya web-pages. Peace.

NASA Statement: “Uhuru Kenyatta Acting in Bad Faith” (24.08.2017)

NASA Statement: “Uhuru Wrong on Seat Numbers and his Fraudulent Win” (24.08.2017)

Kenya: NASA Statement on Form 34s (23.08.2017)

NASA Statement – “Launch of Campaign for Electoral Justice in Kenya” (22.08.2017)

Supreme Court of Kenya – “Practice Directions – Presidential Elections Petition 1 of 2017: Raila Amolo Odinga & Another V Independent Electoral Commissions & Others” (21.08.2017)

Kenya: NASA Statement – “Jubilee Now Blackmailing NASA Candidates” (21.08.2017)

Another IEBC killing: This time the murder of IEBC Deputy RO Caroline Odinga of Siaya County!

Caroline Odinga, an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Deputy Reporting Officer (RO) was found dead yesterday. Another strike of murder in the midst of the election quarrels that are in Kenya. This is not a sound regime, when yet another life is taken. In midst of hours after Election petition of National Super Alliance (NASA) to the Supreme Court, and the questioning of the legitimacy of the election. Since this question the incumbent and current President Uhuru Kenyatta.

There has already been people dead who were important in the days ahead of 8th August, as now the votes and counting are in question. This doesn’t help the Jubilee, as another murder and another questionable life ends. She was found in Sega town in Siaya County. This is a serious story, as it is another life taken to early, because of the general election in 2017. She was the Deputy Returning Officer for the County, so this an RO that has been killed. There been reports that she was mutilated and left in the bush.

The reckless violence, the killings are clear sign of the electoral malpractices, since the state has to cover-up their mismanagement and doing so by taking away witnesses. It is insane, but seems most likely. Caroline Odinga, is yet another victim and another family who has lost their loved one.

We can wonder why she was murdered, did she not want to sign of on fake 34(a) or 34(b), that is fitting with the IEBC bots of the Presidential Election? Was she not complicit to the forged results of the polling stations in her county? Is that the reason, what else it is? Since she would be there when the counting was happening and would verify the results. That is the only thing making sense at this point.

We cannot really know why or who did the killings, if the National Police Service will solve it. Since the connections to killings might be up high. This being said, since the IEBC killings are continuing and escalating. This should be evidence of the fraud that has to be covered up. The innocents are dying and the ones working for justice gets taken away, while the thieves and killers are lingering. This isn’t a healthy sign, but another sudden death without answers. The reasons might be plenty, but connections to forged forms and questionable electoral practices seems likely. That is worrying, that yet another life is taken away, so the Jubilee can continue their looting. Peace.

NASA: Statement on the filing of a Petition by Rt. Hon Raila O. Odinga and H.E. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka at the Supreme Court, Nairobi (18.08.2017)

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