The two songs that I liked from Eurovision 2015.

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Well, everybody is reading and congratulating Sweden on yet another victory! In the musical competion that happened in Vienna yesterday evening. Instead of bickering and wavering around the facts and 12 pointers. I’ll let my taste of music taste speak for itself. With videoes made for my two songs that I actually thought well of. Because like always there is the typical – “the best evening of our lives songs” and “love you baby its unbearable” kind of tracks with a lot of flash. Here they are:

My first choice – Georgia:

My second choice – Albania:

Enjoy! Peace.

Press Release: UNDP and Zambian Government sign multi-donor support for the 2015 presidential by-election

05 Jan 2015

Lusaka  –  The Ministry of Finance, Electoral Commission of Zambia, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on behalf of Ireland, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America have entered into a cooperative agreement to support the 2015 Presidential Election to be held on 20 January, 2015 with a total sum of USD3.09 million.

UNDP will co-ordinate direct electoral support to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) on behalf of the cooperating partners with respective support levels of: Ireland – $62,000; Japan – $642,000; Sweden – $600,000; United Kingdom – $940,000; United States of America – $450,000 and UNDP – $400,000.

The Programme will focus on four components of credible elections: well informed voters and broad understanding of the electoral process, availability of key electoral information materials such as the Electoral Act, the Electoral Code of Conduct, Pocket books for Police on policing elections prior to and on polling day and that alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are in place to handle disputes prior to or after election day.

The project document signed with the Government of the Republic of Zambia on 11 December, 2014 is a positive development towards enhancing democratic governance which is identified as one of the priority reforms in the Revised Sixth National Development Plan 2011-2016 (R-SNDP). The consolidated support is intended to contribute to free, fair and peaceful elections in Zambia. The support will strengthen the institutions that deliver successful elections and increase citizen participation in national processes.

Commenting on the support garnered for the electoral process, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Ms Janet Rogan stated that “Zambia’s electoral process has matured over the years and it is essential that the country continues to hold free, fair and peaceful elections that are of top quality.”

“Democratic principles are founded on strong institutions and the ability of citizens to participate and demand transparent and accountable national processes,” Ms Rogan added.

All partners hope that Zambia continues to enhance its electoral process and provide for equal participation for all citizens in the process.

Uganda and North Korea signed a friendship pact

On the pages of Parliament of Uganda its words are: “Korea-Uganda Parliaments agree to sign friendship pact” (Parliament.go.ug, 31.10.2014) if that isn’t telling the world something. Its sure is a secure sign. The second in command of Foreign affairs in the DPRK says: “The relationship between Uganda and North Korea is more than an ordinary diplomatic relationship. It is a special friendship built over the years by the relationship between the Presidents of the two states” (Parliament.go.ug, 31.10.2014).

Museveni says during a state dinner with North Korean counterparts that their new arrangement is “fighting imperialism” (…)”Not long ago, the world was divided among the colonizers and the colonized. North Korea, China, Sweden among others, were fully involved in the liberation struggle” (O’Carroll, 01.11.2014).

Just recently an agreement was signed by Minister of State for International Affairs Mr. Okello Oryem and the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – North Korea) Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Kung Suk Ung. This new deal settles for a every two years either in Pyongyang or Kampala. Mr. Okello Oryem states: “based on the ideals of independence, peace and friendship and make positive efforts toward the strengthening of cooperation in foreign affairs” (Ashaba, 01.11.2014).

Okello Oryem has stated other places this on the matter: “Uganda has an outstanding army in Africa, so thank you for your contribution towards building the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF)” (Worldbulletin.net, 01.11.2014).

Okelle Oryem has also stated about North Korea this: ““I will also advise him (Museveni) that we should stand by our friends (North Korea). We have always stood by our friends in the region on ICC. Go back with assurance that we shall stand by you” (Wandera, 01.11.2014).

If the free world isn’t listening to this and wondering what this is. Then you can also ask about the old deal that Zimbabwe had trained a special unit for Mister Robert Mugabe in the 90s. If that is still on the table I don’t know, but this deal sure brings money for military expertise. An the regime of North Korea can sure show how to oppress people and Ugandan government see that as a investment worth buying. Also trade information that is relevant for each other can be worth a lot. Considering the ties that Uganda has is well connected USA and also with Russia. Plays big in the AU’s AMISOM and armies in the South Sudan, but by this they are trying to be a bigger power-broker. President Museveni sure knows by now how to play his cards to his advantage. Let see how this plays out.

Links:

Ashaba, Anita – ‘Uganda, North Korea To Establish Consultative Committee To Tighten Relationship’ (01.11.2014) Link: http://news.ugo.co.ug/uganda-north-korea-establish-consultative-committee-tighten-relationship/

O’Carroll Chad – ‘Ugandan President hosts state dinner for N. Korean delegation’ (01.11.2014) Link: http://www.nknews.org/2014/11/ugandan-president-hosts-state-dinner-for-n-korean-delegation/

Parliament.go.ug – ‘Korea-Uganda Parliaments agree to sign friendship pact’ (31.10.2014) Link: http://www.parliament.go.ug/new/index.php/about-parliament/parliamentary-news/472-korea-uganda-parliaments-agree-to-sign-friendship-pact

Wandera, Steven- ‘N. Korea requests Uganda to oppose International Criminal Court resolution’ (01.11.2014) Link: http://www.nknews.org/2014/11/n-korea-requests-uganda-to-oppose-international-criminal-court-resolution/

World Bulletin – ‘Uganda, N. Korea ink cooperation deal’ (01.11.2014) Link: http://www.worldbulletin.net/economy/147511/uganda-n-korea-ink-cooperation-deal