The fall of Jean-Marc Kabund is resounding, it is absolute and devastating. It is a long time since I have seen such mockery and disgraceful fall someone within it’s own party. As everyone and anybody with a role or place has dismissed and praise the President. While at the same time calling Kabund all names and ridiculed him.
If that can happen to a man of stature and prominence within the ruling party, Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social (UDPS) and the alliance of Union Sacrée. What can happen to anyone else who falls out of favour?
However, it shouldn’t be shocking either. We saw Fatshi and the state served fellow ally and CACH party leader Vital Kamerhe (Union for the Congolese Nation – UNC) who helped the President and the UDPS into power with their power-broking and deal making with Kabila’s (Front Commune pour le Congo – FCC).
Therefore, with the knowledge of how Fatshi is playing these political games. He shows that he has no mercy or plans of redeeming anyone in his midst. No, Fatshi will bury anyone and use the office as his saving grace. UDPS will use all tools and everyone will show loyalty to the President. That is the message, which is spread across the Republic and in the diaspora. As anyone or everyone with a pulse within the party have pledged their loyalty to Fatshi by all means.
Kabund has fallen to the self-belief that his role in the party and his achievements would matter. As long as his in the shadow of Fatshi and his merry men. What he has done or even contributed will not matter. If that would have mattered, the UDPS and the state wouldn’t have targeted Kamerhe like it did. Since well, Kamerhe was one of the reason Fatshi was able to become the Head of State.
Fatshi might never say that or give the honours, but he knows perfectly well that he needed the alliance and the conning dealer of Kamerhe to get ahead. Fatshi isn’t that smart or brilliant that he does it on its own.
I cannot believe that Fatshi is that smart. When he buries someone alive like he has done to Kabund and got Kamerhe sentenced to 20 years in jail. This is his allies and his supposed political affiliates. This is not his enemies or the ones who wishes him death. No, these are the comrades and partners in crime. Therefore, when he does this to his friend and allies. What will Fatshi do to anyone who is a real enemy?
That should worry anyone, as Fatshi is preparing for a second term. This shows his way of moving and getting ahead. The way Fatshi is politicking isn’t for the weak-hearted, as the man can easily destroy you and all your future dreams as well.
It is clear the UDPS is only Fatshi domain now and anyone differing from him is out of bound. There is only one line and nothing else. Fatshi is the king and anyone else is supposed to bow their knees to his majesty. That is the clear indication of what happened to Kabund. The warning should have been how Kamerhe was treated and taken out of office.
Now that everyone should realize that anyone can be left behind and dismissed from the party. When titans and vocal voices like Kabund can be so quickly thrown into the mud. There is enough proof of how toxic and quickly you can go from hero to zero. In the UDPS it is either Fatshi’s way or nothing. Peace.
It is now official that Dott Services will have a majority of the roads that’s getting upgraded in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Dott Services was awarded 60% funding to it. While the Ugandan state will have another 20% and the Democratic Republic of Congo has another 20%. So, a private company has 60% and the governments has 40%. That says a lot.
Yesterday, the Presidents officiate the road development project and the joint cooperation of the nations. Where the Ugandan government is spending billions of shillings on this. To a company awarded the building of it without any tenders out or open bidding. This was a operation and deal written behind closed doors.
Dott Services will be in-charge and honour this agreement to upgrade three roads. These are Kasindi-Beni (85 Km); Beni-Butembo (54 km) and Bunagana-Rutsuru-Goma (89 km).
We know these constructions and such will be shoddy. They will be a cash-grab. There will be no accountability and the funds will go missing. The Dott Services have gotten off the hook and lack of due diligence.
The government funds put into this will be lost. At one point or another. The quality of the works will be shoddy. The roads will have issues before the gravel is actually put. Don’t expect magic, but a disregard of accountability, as well as calling it a “smear campaign” and such.
Dott Services is shielded by the Gods. They are allowed to operate without any real scrutiny. Not expect the roads to be built. If it is… it will take years and years. The roads will take forever and the company will need additional funds. The equipment will be lacking and there will be mismanagement.
So, don’t expect this project to be great. When you are giving it to a company like Dott Services. Expect it to end in a tragedy. The UNRA couldn’t even keep their head above water with this company. How do you think the DRC authorities will struggle with this? Why does President Tshisekedi accept this and not a respectable company? Or is it because the Ugandans are paying for the party and he gets it for free?
We can wonder, but this shouldn’t be celebrated. It is a scandal in the making. This is public wastage of funds and nothing good will come out of this. That’s because the states has allowed Dott Services to be the main company working with this. Peace.
This isn’t a far fetched, ancient history and such. Many of the men behind the ills of the past is still lingering around. They are in the chambers of powers, having titles and being called “honourable”. These men used their opportunities in the past to earn fortunes on the misery of others. They created massive networks, supported local militias and forged companies to ensure wealth. These was Generals, High Ranking Officials and Associates of the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
This they did across the Democratic Republic of Congo. These men in question was Gen. Salim Selah, Gen. Kahinda Otafiire and Maj. Gen. James Kazini. They we’re all participating in the plundering, the looting and the illicit resource flight from the DRC to Uganda. They ensured the military presence and their allies could extract, steal and operate illegal businesses to profit out of. That was all done with the blessing of the “High Above” in Kampala.
Today, I started to reminiscing about Maj. Gen. James Kazini, the late General who was killed by his girlfriend in 2009. That was year after the war in the DRC ended. The man who had together with various of factions, barriers to market and usage of force made it possible to enrich himself on the conflict. He together with Gen. Salim Selah secured companies like Victoria Group. Victoria Group even had as one of their shareholders being Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga. That’s why this enterprise was supported, all from the top!
The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) used the power they had in the region to exploit the mineral resource and re-export it. Like selling diamonds, gold and coffee as Ugandan, but it origins was from the DRC.
Therefore, knowing all this, as the news of the Cabinet Meeting in Entebbe on Monday this week. Which stated building road-network in the North Kivu Province. I cannot help to think, that it’s not only a wet-dream for road-scandal with tenders, lost funds and ghosts. Also with the history of the UPDF. The history of men like Maj. Gen. Kazini. There could be people willing to profit from the sins of the past again. Especially, profitable mineral resources as cobalt and others, which happens to be in North Kivu.
So, if Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is building the roads in North Kivu. Then, the President and his team will come excuses that the UPDF need a battalion to ensure the safety of contractors and engineers. While, the same army will also configure ways to participate in more military entrepreneurialism in the province. That would be a way to kick-back and make it profitable.
That the UPDF and UNRA would do this wouldn’t be shocking. There is to much resources and possible exploits for them to not grab it. Even if it is a illicit business and illegal. Still, to this day the Ugandan government is exploiting Congolese gold as they are minting it at the Gold Refinery in Entebbe. Which is why, I am thinking there is more plans ahead in North Kivu.
They are not just going there to tarmac some roads and build a bridge or two. No, they are not compensation for the past hurt and looting. No, these men are finding a new way to exploit and profit of the situation. This is the same government that has used Kisoro as a base and supported para-military groups in the DRC. The same government that was a safe-haven for M-23 soldiers. Therefore, I have little trust of the goodwill…
Until proven otherwise. Peace.
Yesterday on the 28th September 2020 at the State House in Entebbe, the Cabinet Meeting have made several of decisions. These are usually rubber-stamped by the Parliament. Therefore, what they decided is decisive. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its government are really starting a expansive plan.
The NRM are now going forward with building roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
These roads are:
Kasinde – Beni (80 Km)
Beni – Butembo Axis (54 km)
Bunagana – Rutshuru – Goma (89 km)
They are building the roads in the North Kivu in a region, which the Ugandan state have both occupied between August 1998 to June 2003. As well, as the Ugandan involvement in toppling Mobutu and installing Laurent Kabila. Because, of the looting of the years and the loss of the compensation for it.
Is this the way the Ugandan government trying to bait- and switch the government of Kinshasa? Will President Tshisekedi and Kabila accept this?
This is about 223 kilometres of tarmacked roads within the North Kivu province. A place the para-military of the Uganda knows well. A region where the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) are familiar in. Who knows how they are planning to develop this and who will do the bidding?
Is this more Chinese Operators or in connection with the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). One of the most corrupt institutions in Uganda, which is the reason why buildings roads in the Republic is so expensive.
That is why its weird that the Ugandan is doing this and made this decision in a Cabinet Meeting yesterday. Wonder, if the government and authorities within the DRC will accept this? Is this to patch the hurt or is this a gamble of the Presidency?
They are pursuing it for inter-connectivity, mobility and for security. That is what they are stating in the minutes from the Cabinet Meeting. However, in my opinion this isn’t about bilateral cooperation and further the ties of the Republic’s.
The Cabinet Meeting and the State of Uganda is gambling that this will be a sort of pay-off for their plundering. Do some good deeds, but that has to be accepted by Kinshasa. That is something we have to see and this can take forever before it starts. We can wonder who will deal with the tenders, the budgets and who will keep the governments accountable. This sort of building and development project is a corrupt man wet-dream. As there will be no clear oversight and will be raining funds. There will be ghosts, there will be goats and will be unallocated funds.
We can also wonder, if this will be an excuse to have the UPDF returning into the province of North Kivu, as they have to be security for the road-companies and the construction. That wouldn’t shock me at all.
That is all speculation, but this story is only starting. There will be devils in the details. We just have to see, if the states will write Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs) and Agreements to safeguard the deals. Therefore, the Cabinet Meeting yesterday is just a beginning. This is a saga that will continue… Peace.