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Opinion: Museveni will not respect the South Sudanese Arms Embargo!

It is a noble idea to have an Arms Embargo in South Sudan, as the civil war and the never-ending negotiations of peace is continuing, even as the Khartoum Declaration and Outstanding Issues are working in tandem, even as the IGAD High Level Revitalization Forum have sort of failed and only given the republic empty promises. As the partners haven’t agreed totally or even respected the cease-fire starting on the 1st July 2018. There still been skirmishes and attacks, which wasn’t supposed to appear.

With this in mind the negotiation and peace dialogue in Entebbe haven’t been fruitful or delivered. In this spirit it isn’t weird, as he has been a starch supporter of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU). That has been proven in the past, latest in February, when he promised to serve weapons to Kiir, even if there was imposed an embargo. Therefore, his words yesterday are important. Also show the provisions of the Arms Embargo in the end.

In February 2018:

I want to you tell this, and whether you believe it or not, the government will never fail to acquire weapons by any means. What the foreign countries, including the United States of America, are doing is a pursuit of regime change which nobody will entertain even in America,” said a presidential aide asked what actually was the message Ugandan envoy had delivered. “Nobody will accept that a democratically elected government be changed through the force or by an imposed agreement,” he further told Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity” (…) “President Museveni is indeed a friend of the people of South Sudan. He sent the special message for two purposes. One, he assured his excellency, General Salva Kiir Mayardit of the support of the people and the government of the Republic of Uganda to the people and the Republic of South Sudan. His Excellency President Museveni gave the assurance of highest support in this situation. Two, in case of sanctions, the government of Uganda would do its best to ensure all weapons and associated services destined to South Sudan are facilitated,” he said” (Sudan Tribune, 2018).

In July 2018:

Museveni told the United Kingdom minister for armed forces Col. Mark Lancaster that an arms embargo will not help in the peace process. “Mr Museveni told his guests that imposing sanctions on South Sudan will not help in finding a solution to that country’s challenges adding that observation of ceasefire by the warring groups, security reform and working to have elections, among others, will help the country move towards peace,” Museveni told Col. Lancaster, according to a statement released by Uganda State House.

United Nations Arms Embargo:

Arms Embargo “4. Decides that, until 31 May 2019, all Member States shall immediately take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the territory of South Sudan from or through their territories or by their nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned; and technical assistance, training, financial or other assistance, related to military activities or the provision, maintenance or use of any arms and related materiel, including the provision of armed mercenary personnel whether or not originating in their territories;” (…) “8. Calls upon all Member States, in particular States neighbouring South Sudan, to inspect, in accordance with their national authorities and legislation and consistent with international law, in particular the law of the sea and relevant international civil aviation agreements, all cargo to South Sudan, in their territory, including seaports and airports, if the State concerned has information that provides reasonable grounds to believe the cargo contains items the supply, sale, or transfer of which is prohibited by paragraph 4 of this resolution for the purpose of ensuring strict implementation of these provisions” (…) “9. Decides to authorize all Member States to, and that all Member States shall, upon discovery of items the supply, sale, or transfer of which is prohibited by paragraph 4 of this resolution, seize and dispose (such as through destruction, rendering inoperable, storage or transferring to a State other than the originating or destination States for disposal) of such items, and decides further that all Member States shall cooperate in such efforts” (UNSC, 2018).

As you have seen, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has promised arms, even if there is an embargo and he will secure weapons for the conflict. That is how he is, he doesn’t care about the conflict or the innocent lives taken by it. He is the war-lord earning fortunes on the trade of arms and being a beacon in the midst of the conflict. It is a win-win, he get to sell weapons and be part of the peace-process. Which I find amazing.

That the African Union and East African Community is using Museveni is boggling me, when he has no trouble offering weapons and arms to the TGoNU and Kiir government. So, when he is such a partner to the Juba Administration, while it is negotiations and having dialogue with the rebels and other outfits. It doesn’t make sense.

He will not follow the Arms Embargo, as he has promised to help Kiir. Therefore, the UN shouldn’t just call upon, they should also sanction them for trading arms with South Sudan. That is why the Embargo has little value, as long as the Ugandan government are friendly and will do business with the TGoNU. They will serve the needs and sell to earn big-business in Juba on the arms-trade.

Museveni doesn’t fear the UN or the Member States, they are in his favor with refugees and peacekeepers elsewhere. So, if he breaks Arms Embargo and sanctions, he know he won’t get scrutinized or even pay for violations. That is why he will do it too. Peace.

Reference:

South Sudan News Agency – ‘Ugandan President asks UN to drop South Sudan arms embargo’ 14.07.2018 link: http://southsudannewsagency.org/index.php/2018/07/14/ugandan-president-asks-un-to-drop-south-sudan-arms-embargo/

Sudan Tribune – ‘Museveni tells South Sudan not to worry from U.S. sanctions’ (11.02.2018) link: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article64703

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) – ‘Adopting Resolution 2428 (2018), Security Council Extends Sanctions on South Sudan’ 13.07.2018 link: https://reliefweb.int/report/south-sudan/adopting-resolution-2428-2018-security-council-extends-sanctions-south-sudan

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President 4 Life: Paul Biya is apparently running again!

The news today that Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon, who has run the country since November 1982. Biya took oover after Ahmadou Ahidjo, who had run the country since independence in 1960. So the previous one run the Republic for 22 years and Biya have now run it for 36 years. Biya has now turned 85 years and plans another term. When your at that age, you should enjoy time with family and rest. However, this president is already relaxing in hotels and hot-spots in Switzerland. Therefore, we know he is not serious about running the Republic. In March 2018, he held his first Council of Minister since 2015!

That is why today is weird day, because this has been the leading man since November 1982. So today he declared his candidacy for the 7th Term on twitter:

Dear Compatriots in Cameroon & the Diaspora, Aware of the challenges we must take up together to ensure a more united, stable & prosperous Cameroon, I am willing to respond positively to your overwhelming calls. I will stand as Your Candidate in the upcoming presidential election” (Paul Biya, 13.07.2018).

Biya really doesn’t care about the citizens and neither about good governance. That is known as his army is making the Southern Cameroons and Anglophone Regions as a War-Zone. Biya, who has been in charge is leaving a torn nations behind and an aid-trapped one. Instead of the oil-rich and mineral rich country that was there in the beginning of his reign with a lot of promise.

That Biya has buried a generation or nearly two, because of his will and lack of succession. Biya took power in Coup and sentenced his predecessor Ahidjo to death in 1984. That he did only after 18 months after being into power. The Opposition Leader John Fru Ndi who just stepped down earlier this year as a Presidential Candidate in his party. He has been campaigning against Biya since 1990 and continued into 2018. That was 28 years, which he never got to see anyone else ruling Cameroon, than Biya.

Biya has eaten and continues to eat. The Switzerland resident and the one ordering the state by decree. Are now promising another elections in October 2018 and running again.

It is insulting that a man is taking his republic for granted. That he is misusing not only the state funds and living lavish abroad. But that he is stealing the future, destroying and killing the anglophone, but creating a power vacuum in the Republic. As he has the control from afar and just bunch of cronies, that should have been ancient relics and not in ministerial posts.

Biya is an old man, who doesn’t care about what he runs, he doesn’t care if his armies kills his own. As long as his wealth is spent in Switzerland. He should get a residential card there and leave Cameroon alone.

I am not from Cameroon, but this sort of man is a cancer to the state.

Biya should retire, not run for a 7th Term. That is stupid, the Republic deserves better. The Republic have enough talent and skills, have untapped leaders to take control. These leaders are out there, but the dictatorship is keeping them silent or silenced. 

They are not beholden just to one man. That is just silly. Peace.

Cameroon: CHRDA – 12th July 2018 Massacre by the Security Forces in Batibo (13.07.2018)

Opinion: MP Magyezi you reap, what you sow!

You have plowed evil; you have reaped unrighteousness; you have eaten the fruit of hypocrisy; because you trusted in your own direction, and in the number of your mighty forces” – Hosea 10:13 (International Standard Version).

It is weird that Raphael Magyezi now months after the launch of Constitutional Amendment has been passed and the months of tension is sort-of-over. Now the MP comes with blazing guns to the public. Like he didn’t know what he did, when he unleashed this law, as a Private MP. Didn’t he think he would get reactions? When he was the most loyal of MP of the President. It is weird the way he defends himself. Because that counter everything he did while defending the bill in 2017.

Igara West member of parliament Raphael Magyezi has revealed that his life has been turned upside down since the debate on the removal of age limits and he now receives constant death threats. Magyezi is among the MPs whose security has been boosted by the UPDF after their police guards ran away for fear of their lives. Magyezi has told NTV that he is among the five MPs who have been singled out has targets after the killing of Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga” (Daily Monitor – ‘MP Raphael Magyezi decries intolerance in politics’ 01.07.2018).

It is wrong to get death threats, even killing someone because of differing opinions. Me and the MP agree upon that. But there is natural reactions to his actions last year. That has ushered in a President for Life, by legal means and now the President will rule indefinitely. Therefore, people are going to be angry, because people are tired Mr. 1986 already, he has served his time and there is need for fresh hands in the place of the Presidency. However, that is something Magyezi and I differ on.

What I do not get, is that he pledges intolerance, when he wanted to abolish the Legal Committee over the Opposition questioning his law, that he wanted to threaten the ones rebelling to the law and had no issues with the Special Forces Command (SFC) clearing the chambers, as the law was read and tabled. That all of that isn’t political intolerance, than nothing is.

The political intolerance is created by the NRM and the head-honchos Magyezi serves. It is not the opposition, who already despise the attitude and the ways things are done in the dictatorship. There isn’t much other to say about that. The military and the control done by the State House is the issue. The whole rule of Museveni and the fatigue is evident. Magyezi has been supporter of the whole arrangement, but is defending it in a way that is absurd. Especially, when he has used all methods to defend his law and his Constitutional Amendment.

He should have seen this coming, no one, except the elite and the NRM Cronies liked the Age Limit law. They are still fed by the kingpin and accept his controlling ways, because they are getting paid. However, the rest is tired of the charade and the occupying bush-war and warlord residing in Entebbe. They are ready for someone else.

Magyezi are trying to say that the opposition is intolerant. That the people are too, but his whole defense of the age limit was based on the hostile removal of provisions made to safeguard the people from a power-hungry cunt. However, that was not important for Magyezi and his kind. He needs to safeguarded, his views are perfection and the NRM can do no wrong.

Nevertheless, his views are distorted, as he during the time of tabling the law, reading it and getting it passed. He acted as a brat and proud cock, not having no quarrels using force to get rid of opposition and even banning them from the chambers for resisting/defying the codes of conduct at the Parliament.

Still, he now give the public another rap, but not a fun one. Just intolerant rant of nothing. Peace.

The Cameroonian Anglophone Crisis continues: Now with reported French Mercenaries!

The situation in the Anglophone region of the Republic Cameroon, the extend of violence and killings are persisting in the North-West and South-West Regions of the county. This has been happening without much or little care in the international press. Where the President has sent the army, steadily killed the English-speaking Cameroonians. Also, burned villages and stopped ordinary life. As the Governors orders stopped motorcycles and given the public curfews.

There is even worse news as the killings, the displaced people and refugees getting into Nigeria. That should worry everyone, but the Cameroonian government are continuing their hunt for the ones fighting for Ambazonia. They are now even hunted down with French Mercenaries, that is hired to kill the ones in the way of the francophone Cameroon. Clearly, this is not a sign of hope, but of killing opposition.

The vacation President is killing his own people, with support of United States Armory and with now French support as well. They are complicit in the killings of the English speaking who want their voices heard, as the leadership are detained in Nigeria.

There are even orders out on the heads of the people, who are secessionist in the North-East/Nord-Oust, these orders was on the ones known in Njambom (Belo). This list made by the government had names of 23 individuals, they wanted executed and gotten rid off. That has been leaked online, but who knows how many more of these the government has and kept confidential. Because with the burning of villages, the hiring of mercenaries and the use of military in the anglophone region. We know that there are more killings and more violence, than reported, because the state is trying to hid their misgivings.

We could wish all of this was mere hearsay and not real, but the pictures and small videos coming out of the regions, shows the aggression and death squads moving around. As the killed people laying on the ground, bloody and messy is eating the minds of the living. The signs of the oppression and devastation, lack of respect of life and even of dignity for all. These deaths are done to silence and subdue the secessionist, however, this is only showing how little the francophone people cares about their neighbors and brothers. They are letting them be slaughtered and forgotten, while they are following blindly the leadership under Biya.

How many have to die in these regions and how bloody does it have to become, before the international community or even the locals in Cameroon cares? This should get the blood boiling for all Cameroonians, as the government are easily killing of their own. Next time it could be them and their own. When the government have no trouble hiring in mercenaries to get rid of its own, they have no scruples to get rid of others too. This a bleak report, but a needed report. We are hitting July 2018 and the crisis is never-ending. The blood is on the hand of the vacation President and his cronies. They are all earning fortunes on the misery of the anglophone. They are all part of this killing and making a killing. This shouldn’t be needed to say, but is necessary as lives of the anglophone is on the line. No one should worry and see the army coming to burn their villages and killing the population. No one should need to flee, because the government is revenging the need for a local government who gives a damn. All of this shouldn’t be needed, but it is.

Because Biya doesn’t care, do you? Peace.

South Sudan: Points of Framework Agreement (25.06.2018)

Cameroon: Statement of the United Nations Resident Coordinator on the Cameroon’s Humanitarian Assistance Plan (22.06.2018)

Communique on the Meeting between the Chairperson of the Commission and the Sahrawi Authorities (24.06.2018)

Communique of the 32nd Extra-ordinary Summit of IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government on South Sudan (21.06.2018)

South Sudan: The War-Lords wasn’t ready to speak about Peace!

In South Sudan the prolonged civil war is continuing and with the fresh dialogue between the parties didn’t help. Some had hope that the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – In Government (SPLM-IG) or the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) under the leadership of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. He has been ruling and with an iron fist. While the main opposition leader and rebel Dr. Riek Machar are running the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army – In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO). There is also a coalition of other rebels and opposition, who is the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) of 8 political parties/militias, some of them are run by big men like Dr. Lam Akol (National Democratic Movement – NDM) and Gen. Thomas C. Swaka (National Salvation Front – NAS).

Therefore, the knowledge of delegations from SSOA, TGoNU and SPLM/A-IO in the IGAD High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) that has failed as even the house-arrested Machar couldn’t mend the fences or the idea of peaceful progress. That means the army and militias will continue to fight until they got supremacy.

Some people had hope as Ethiopian Government hosted this 32nd Extra-Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa and the shared arrangement to work on the “Revised Bridging Proposal” for all the stakeholders in the conflict as IGAD prepared for the dialogue this week. Still, that did not make it easier. They have the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) &Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM). All of these are interfering and monitoring the Republic. This combined with all the NGOs and Bilateral Organizations who support as well. Therefore, the international community is involved in the process. They are bookkeeping and securing needed services in the midst of the civil war, even footing the bills for it all. So the TGoNU can continue their fighting against their opposition.

This combined with various agreements that has not been kept, cease fire violations and such. These War-Lords really has no plan of quitting. They are preoccupied with the continued conflict and the looting of the Republic. There major resources being squandered away, not only seen by the Sentry in their reports, but the Kenyan bloggers are looking into the money laundering and estates owned by the War-Lords from South Sudan. Clearly, they are preoccupied with earning money on the toils and tears created by the conflict. That is why they are afraid of their future if the conflict ends. The guns are speaking their language. Even as the people are still lingering in refugee camps abroad and the Republic has no solution. The leadership isn’t hungry for peace, it is hungry to overcome its advisory.

At this point as the years lingers and the leaders continue to eat of the poverty, the famine and civil-wars, even as the state is bankrupt, creating higher bank-notes and the international community is footing the bills for development and needed supplies in refugee camps. This is clearly not the intention. But that is the sad reality as the innocent are dying and is afraid. The own leadership are holding this on. They are violating agreements or stifling it. If they are not getting their way, they are picking up guns or sending tanks to their yards. That is what happen in 2016, when the 2015 Agreement was starting to be established. However, that only lasted months before the new fresh conflict we are seeing today. Since then, there has been more deflections and more creations of new outfits who wants both Machar and Kiir to step down. However, none of them seems to fit the bill.

The state of affairs is sad. The people deserve peace, but War-Lords are busy finding ways to outsmart the enemies. Instead of dialogue and building real bridges, they are instead blowing them up hoping no-one finds out.

The people of South Sudan deserves better, but the leadership is busy killing each other and trying only to use ammunition to do so. They are not interested in talking. They know the trigger and is ready to aim. Peace.

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