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When the Henchmen takes over from the Dictators: It doesn’t get better!

I’m just seeing with time that the fall of dictators, that its not enough. As long as the President and former Head of State has fallen, it supposed to be different. Apparently, it needs another push after that. These people who has been the Executive, the Commander-in-Chief has had the army behind them. The leaders have used huge patronage, bribery and tricks to stay in power. These gentlemen has used all sorts of pay-to-play to keep people at bay, they have misused the authority and also used the military to keep the fear in the population.

These men continues with that, they use all methods, there is nothing that stops them to stay there. They change laws, they uses the military to stop opposition, they get enemies into exile and if not assassinated. There is no extend to their powers, while in office. They eat the state funds and cripples the economy. Even though they do this, they have loyal bases and uses the various state sponsored armed forces against the population to make them fear them and not go against the dictator.

Even with all of this, the dictator has people around to follow his orders. This is generals, commanders and politicians whose all eating of his plate. They know how to operate and knows how to control the population. They will prolong the same structures and methods to keep power after the fall of dictator. We are now seeing this two places especially.

In Zimbabwe, it is still more of the same there as the previously dictator and President Robert Mugabe stepped down. After the coup that wasn’t a coup, but later it was actually a coup d’etat. The current leadership is doing more of the same. They are arresting civil society activists, NGOs are getting into trouble and the economy is tanking. The Economy filled with US Dollars and not even working with RTGS Dollars or the Mobile Money serviced. The ZANU-PF of today isn’t acting different than under Mugabe. Only adding scarfs and Mnangagwa as the head.

In Sudan, the former 30 years of Omar Al-Bashir is still continuing with the TMC. They are killing demonstrators in Darfur, they are killing people close to the sit-in Khartoum. It is not changing and the negotiations with Forces of the Freedom and Change Declaration (FFCD), which the Sudanese Professional Association is a key organization off. Certainly, they are continuing to demonstrate, as they are fighting for a civilian rule. Something the TMC and the former henchmen of Bashir not accepting. Because that is not fitting their position and they don’t want to give way.

The ZANU-PF and the TMC will continue where Mugabe and Bashir left off. They are not changing society, they are not willingly to step-up and give the public another type of leadership. Because, that means their time is over. That means the army, the juntas are over. This means the state will have to operate differently and with other characters than off today. In the end, that means the state will have other type of leaders than right now.

The ZANU-PF haven’t reformed or really changed much since the fall of Mugabe. They are more of the same. The state is still acting as in the past. It isn’t doing nothing of constructive changes, only than making committees to hire cronies.

The TMC have had shorter time, but they have still the generals and war-lords of Bashir in the near proximity of power. The Janjaweed (Rapid Support Force) is attacking the dissidents and protesters. The TMC is not really making any fruitful dialogue with the FFCD or SPA. They are trying more to stall for time, while hoping the revolution dies off. As the TMC has gotten financial aide to continue their rule. These is the same men, that kept Bashir in Power.

As long as the henchmen of the dictators lingers in power. They will not reform the state, they will use the same force to stay. Peace.

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African Union Chairperson Mahamat: Is he flipping a coin to see if a military coup is okay?

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”Thomas Paine

I don’t know, the former Chadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Moussa Faki Mahamat, whose the African Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union. However, he has a rare strike of confidence. Surely after today, he should explain himself. Not because I am directly against the man, but because his perspective on the military takeover, coup d’etat in Zimbabwe in 2017 and Sudan in 2019. Is strikingly similar, but his response is differing.

Both was actions done against 30 years of rule by one person in each republic. The African Union have supported their reign and never imposed anything on the member nations. However, today the revolution of Sudan is put in another pile, than what happen in Zimbabwe. We can see how the Chairperson of the AU is acting differently. In a manner, where his vision doesn’t coincide.

Just take a look!

The African Union recognizes that the Zimbabwean people have expressed their will that there should be a peaceful transfer of power in a manner that secures the democratic future of their country. President Mugabe’s decision to resign paves the way for a transition process, owned and led by the sovereign people of Zimbabwe” (African Union – ‘Statement of the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union on the Situation in Zimbabwe’ 21.11.2017).

The Chairperson expresses the African Union conviction that the military take-over is not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people” (African Union – ‘Statement of the Chairperson of the Commission on the Situation in Sudan’ 11.04.2019).

I don’t know if there is deep grudges between Mahamat and General Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ihn Ouf of Sudan or there are was a friendly relationship between Mahamat and General Constantino Chiwenga of Zimbabwe.

Because, his tone is vastly different. Both these men did similar fashion to take power. The Coup that wasn’t Coup in Harare in November 2017. While the Coup, that is currently a State of Emergency in Sudan. They are viewed differently by the African Union and their Chairperson. That is showing with the use of words and the protocol that the AU is sending the Republic’s way.

The Zimbabwean new leadership got a friendlier tone, as they used the military and installed new transitional government in 2017. While the Sudanese are getting a more hostile tone for starting to have a Military Transitional Council for two years before elections. This is done in the same fashion and with use of power by the same party as of the deposed leaders in both Republics.

The Sudanese are getting rid of Al-Bashir and starts a transitional phase by the same leadership. While the Zimbabwean did the same in 2017 and had a transitional government until the elections of 2018. Alas, it was okay in Harare, the AU had no trouble with the military intervention or at disposal in Zimbabwe. But the same Union are not impressed by what Ahmed Ihn Ouf done in Khartoum today. Still, it was fine just mere two years ago?

I don’t like a bloodless coup, its good every time a dictator and a tyrant has fallen, but the whole system has to re-invented and also restructured for a civilian rule of some kind. Not a government run by the army. Then the votes, the ballots and the will of the people will not be respected. That is why the change in Khartoum right now is only skin-deep.

The same, which happen in Harare, where the same fashion of ZANU-PF continues to linger on. There was only a change of head, but not of their operations nor their way of expression power. The same is trying to appear in Khartoum. Surely, the NCP will not let go easily. Even if the public continues to demonstrate. They will do whatever it takes to prolong their rule.

That is why, the AU could have been a useful tool, but this is usually the Dictators Club in Addis Ababa. That is why, their statements is not believable. Nevertheless, in this regard, their statement can be questioned, because of how vastly different it was comparing similar efforts in two different countries. That from the same Mahamat, whose seen both things occur within his time in the chair.

There are contrasts and difference in how these two military coup d’etat have appeared, as they happen in realms, which is not to similar in fashion. Even if both was bolstered by the army and needed their blessing to rule. Still, the Mugabe and the Al-Bashir reign ended abruptly by the force of the soldiers, who kept them in power for so long.

Now, the dictator club of Addis lost one more member and surely, will soon get a new face. Wonder, if Mahamat is ready to explain, why he accept the incident in Harare, but questioned the one in Khartoum? Peace.

Zimbabwe: ZIMTA – Press Release – Demand for Salaries in Foreign Currency (19.10.2018)

Zimbabwe: Finance Minister Ncube appointed Acie Lumumba as his mouth-piece!

The strongly spoken personality and active political operative Acie Mutumanje Lumumba was today appointed by Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube as the Chair of Communication Taskforce. Clearly, the controversial and former VIVA Zimbabwe have now gone back to the fold. He will now be the mouth-piece of the Finance Ministry. As they are in the midst of deadlock with levied taxes and lack of foreign exchange, lack of imports and long fuel ques. Clearly, these financial times will be hardship to explain the needs and be a voice of the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).

The Pfee will get a loyalist, even as he has just jumped back. Even when he was out, he was usually vocal of goodwill for the ruling regime. Therefore, he has been known on the outside of the Republic. Not only for the good news, but because of his attitude. That is why this is a proof that Acie is hungry and he needs to eat.

That they have hired him as he was vocal against Mugabe, shows that the new Finance Minister are seeing him as a tool and useful person to co-operate his messages. As the Ministry own Taskforce has to activate and secure their message out to the public.

This is the man, that has been disregarded, called foul-mouthed and fishing for relevancy in 2016. In 2017 he said Mnangagwa was the right man for the Zanu-PF. Now in 2018, clearly the fishing expedition of Lumumba has paid-off.

We can see what he will do, but he has to follow the program. He cannot rant and be himself. Stick to the message of Pfee and the ones in-charge. He might be the chair of a taskforce, but he will not be the kingpin. That will be Ncube who orders and says what Lumumba will sell. If it is toxic or unreal, if the loans are not happening or if they finances are worse; than what the regime wants to tell the public.

Acie Lumumba will now not be the renegade, the vocal figure, but he was only doing that for his own gain. It is not like he generated a following or anyone jumping behind him. He was speaking out his mind and another perspective, but not something that changed the narrative. The ZANU-PF did what it did.

Now they captured him and he will be the voice that Ncube needs. Peace.

Zimbabwe: ZERA – Press Statement on Artificial Fuel Supply Shortage (18.10.2018)

Zimbabwe: Press Statement by the Hon. Minister of Energy and Power Development – Dr. J. Gumbo on the use of Containers in Buying Fuel (17.10.2018)

Zimbabwe: A messed up Gumbo, a possible need for an authorization to use jerrycans for fuel!

Those using tanks, drums and jerry cans all, those forms of containers should stop and we are sending out inspectors and the Zimbabwe Republic Police and if anybody is going to be found maybe overcharging or using drums might have their licences withdrawn. We are not going to allow that…” – The Minister for Energy and Power Development Joram Gumbo (Maveriq – ‘Govt To Ban Jerry Cans, Drums, Fuel Containers At Service Stations – Energy Minister’ 16.10.2018, link: https://news.pindula.co.zw/2018/10/16/govt-to-ban-jerry-cans-drums-fuel-containers-at-service-stations-energy-minister/).

I thought the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) and the new President Emmerson Mnangagwa would open the Republic for business. Mnangagwa is clearly out on the line. The government have issued new taxes and the costs of everything has gone up. As well as the lack of foreign exchange is now rampant.

Since the added taxes on Mobile Money was enacted, the lack of US dollars and the imports of products have gotten worse. Even shops are lacking stocks and people were stockpiling before the shops gotten empty. With this has also started a fuel crisis. Where people are waiting in line for hours for fuel.

As this is getting worse now. The Minister for Energy Gumbo has issued statements of intent of authorization of usage of jerry cans, where you need to be Authorised and stamped by Environmental Management Agency, the District Administrator and Police Regulating Authority. Where the person who is allowed to bring a jerry can, has to write which station in question and address, also drivers license information and even how many liters of fuel is allowed to fill.

The Zanu-PF is really now making life harder, as the people using motorcycles, cars and lorries have to ask permission to fill fuel into jerry cans. This is done in 2018. If you thought things was bad during Mugabe. The rising inflation and the economic crisis of 2008 might be repeated. As the state is going even further with using tactics to stall the issue.

If the state is really doing this, they will be in a special state. Where the citizens are running between the authorities to get authority to use the jerry cans before going to the Petroleum-Station to get a refill of fuel.

This is a sign of how serious the lack of fuel is and what extent the state does to stop the usage of fuel. They wouldn’t do it, if they didn’t have issues with importing it and having enough foreign currency to afford new imports.

This crisis is created by the Zanu-PF and the citizens are paying. And they are making the matters worse. Instead of repealing the taxes to stop inflation and making things run out. They are instead making it harder for the public to get fuel in their vehicle. Peace.

MISA Zimbabwe: Private Media barred from covering Commission of Inquiry Hearing (16.10.2018)

Zimbabwe: The statement as given by Hon Monica Mutsvangwa (15.10.2018)

The Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe: Statement on the Medicine Shortages and Price Distortions (12.10.2018)

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