Monday, August 18, 2014

DR Congo: " Venomous verbs of ruthless candour plagiarise assassins fervour "

Congo DRC News alleges I have translated this from French using Google Translate and then attempted to clean up the result ( against what most people would call good
judgement ). 
Congo DRC News is an M23 Facebook page. 

All translation mistakes are mine. 

Official Statement of Management of the Movement of March 23. 

We are totally distressed, dismayed, frustrated after new reports of 
summary execution of prisoners of war by the department military Intelligence 
DRC in Kinshasa. 

These are serious allegations. The problem is that they are being made by Bertrand Bisiimwa who is the head of what remains of M23. To call the management of M23 pathological lairs would be being generous.

The executions occurred between the months of July and August 2014. Those executed were soldiers from the National Congress for the Defense of the People, Acronym CNDP, which were integrated into the Government Army to seal the Peace Agreement signed March 23, 2009 between the CNDP and the DRC Government. They were part of the hundred military personnel who were arrested in Goma, Masisi and Beni between May 2012 and August 2013 for the suspicion of belonging to the Movement of March 23. 

The CNDP was the predecessor organisation to M23. The M23 acronym comes from the failure of the integration of the CNDP in the Congolese army ( FARDC ). I don't think it would be unreasonable for the Government of the DR Congo to hold suspicions about former CNDP rebels having connections with M23. Acting on those suspicions without proof and one must assume without judicial process would fall into the category of war crimes. The question remains did it actually happen ?

There are soldiers whose situation remains unknown. They were sent to Kinshasa and kept in different jails with no accessible services under the jurisdiction of FARDC Military Intelligence and subjected to atrocious torture and constant degrading treatment seriously damaging their health.

None of those fitting this category appear to be named. The dead can wait if there are soldiers fitting this designation they should be named, that they haven't been makes me very suspicious. 

Ten of them were summarily executed between the months of 
July and August 2014, They are

1 Basanganira Donatien 
2 Mahoro Faustin 
3 Nzirasanaho Emmanuel 
4 Hakizimana Richard 
6 Kivamussa Simpenzwe, 
7 Hakizimana Fidel 
8 Bonane, 
9 Aliete Ndibindela, 
10 Molisho Safari. 

Under international criminal law, the execution of prisoners War is described as
war crime. Nations committing war crimes are liable to appropriate jurisdictions. 

I have had to clean up this a lot to make any sense of it. I assume the point Bisiimwa is trying to make is that the DR Congo government may be accountable to the Hague for these executions if they happened, or they happened without due process. 

Therefore, we are strongly concerned about the fate of other Prisoners of war on the list submitted to the Government for release. Their fate remains unanswered, eight months after signing. ( Nairobi agreement )

As for the " signing "

" So we have three documents; according to the United Nations, Banda and Museveni signed one set, we appear to have photographic evidence to back this up. Then we have Bertrand Bisimwa signing something that that says M23 is finished as a military force, something I would have thought was fairly self evident.  At the same time the government of the DR Congo is signing a third set of papers that seem to bear no relationship with the previous two sets of documents and making matters even worse this is all just speculation on my part as I have not been able to track down the text of any of the documents."

We have as far as I can see no mutually agreed document signed by M23 and Kinshasa. Those who are alleged to have been executed do not fall into the prisoners of war category they according to this article are former CNDP members who had joined the Congolese Army. The failure of Bisiimwa to distinguish again adds huge credibility questions to this report.

Statements of Nairobi. 
It is the same with respect to members Movement of 23 March who returned to the country in response to the many  messages initiated by DR Congo. Despite the Government  commitment to the amnesty. those who returned have been arrested in their homes by the security services and placed in detention without any judicial process. 

As far as I am aware the Congolese Government hasn't encouraged any of the M23 rebels to return. Bisiimwa's credibility as usual is stretched beyond breaking point. The Nairobi agreement is meaningless. M23 have in effect accepted an unconditional surrender and unconditional means just that.

In the city of Goma, we were able to identify 19 cases including 14 at the Central Prison Munzenze: NDAMWENGE BYENDA Daniel KAMBALE MBUSA Felix KAKULE TASI Mark Rwamanywa HABIPFURA, BIAITU FESTO, SEMPEZWE on, SENGIYUMVA Samuel BAHATI Bahari Roger Kalimunda Gerard Kazimoto Desire hamuli RWAMAKUBA Kaigo, Bonane BINEY, BAKUNZI Steve KAYEMBE Ally; 5 to Dungeon the National Agency for Information, ANR acronym Kabasha Olivier Bwira Eugene, Murhula Patrick jeanjacques PRINCE Andrew and SIBOMANA. 

I think we in New Zealand can assume our future head of state is not in gaol in Goma.

We recall that about 100 prisoners of war from CNDP, beneficiaries of the Amnesty agreement of 2009 that the DRC government had asserted to have released and transported in planes to the East are so far still missing. The subject was discussed at the talks in Kampala without agreement. Kinshasa has been criticized for not having delivered the prisoners to the Leadership of the CNDP as stipulated in the agreement.

Five years is a long time.

We denounce and condemn these acts of murder. We just to request from the 
ICGLR and SADC international inquiry to get to some light on this issue 
with similar facts have always legitimized specifications movements 

Allegations without evidence sums this up. M23 need to provide some hard evidence. I think it reasonable that should the DR Congo government face ICC action over these allegations of war crimes then the M23 should also be held to account for the many Crimes Against Humanity that they are accused of.

Made in Kampala, August 17, 2014 
The President of the Movement of March 23.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

DR Congo: " A companion in my madness in the mirror the one with the silvery hair "

Charly Kasereka reports at France 24.  I have translated from French into English using a translation service and then cleaned up the copy. Any mistakes are mine. I have not commented other than at the conclusion of the article.

The mentally ill, ghosts of the city of Goma
                                       A person with a mental disorder in the streets of Goma. Photo Charly Kasereka.

There has been no recent count there but experts agree that people with mental disorders are more likely to roam the streets of Goma. Men and women, but also children all denied even rudimentary care in a city ravaged by war.

They are close to markets, at a street corner sitting behind a low wall, eating what they can find on their way. Some have traveled the same areas for years, sometimes barefoot. Others, traumatized by war, are joining the ranks of those left behind after the last armed conflict that ended in autumn of 2013.

Charly Kasereka, photojournalist and blogger in Goma went to meet several of them.

"Looking at them, I wondered how they managed to survive. They spend all their time in the same corner, day and night. I photographed a little boy on the shoulders of a man visibly affected by mental disorder. It is the child who told me that it was his father. After his episodes occurred, he was kicked out by his wife. Looking at them, I wondered how they managed to survive.

There is also an old gentleman who lugs around piles of garbage bags. He picks constantly rocks on the ground. He told me he wanted to throw them all to the bottom of Lake Kivu in the hope that one day the body of water disappears. This one  I had already met in 2012, but others arrived with the recent events. Some are former soldiers, two of them that I met repeatedly are particularly aggressive.

For Anicet Murwani Kibweke, center coordinator for Tulizo Letu, the only psychiatric facility in  Goma, some factors have been instrumental in increasing incidence of mental illness which he has observed in Goma in recent years. He cites the natural disasters that the city experienced, extreme poverty, but also the suffering of war that pushes people into the abuse of psychoactive substances like hemp or corn alcohol, which has long-term destructive effects.

                                            Young living in the street in Goma smoke hemp. Photo Alain Wandimoyi.

Victims of local beliefs

Most often, those who find themselves on the street have been abandoned by their families. This is particularly true of children, when they show the first signs of trouble are treated as witches and ostracized from society says Fakage Baganda specialist psychosocial issues in Goma for the CIF Health.

The prejudice that exists in our society means the mentally ill are viewed with contempt. Most ignore them but others throw stones when they become aggressive. Regularly, there are mentally ill people tied to trees because passersby could think of nothing better to control them. They remain there until a good soul comes and releases them.

Many do not realize that no one is immune to such diseases and especially in an area that has seen much violence. These disorders can occur just after the violence but also manifest much later.

Convinced that their relatives are possed by a demonic spirit, families prefer to turn to pastors or priests, thinking they can exorcise the sick. Thus, people with mental disorders are sometimes sequestered in prayer rooms, an action that only delays the recovery of the patient, the doctor 
Anicet Murwani Kibweke is concerned

To counter these reactions and bring patients modern medicine, our center in Goma decided to work with a parish. We have educated the priest to help convince families: he explains, that it is important to continue to pray but in parallel, it is essential that the patient takes medication.

                                                                        A patient wanders the streets of Goma.

The cost barrier to treatment

In 2013, Anicet Murwani Kibweke said they followed nearly 6,000 people through the Center for Mental Health Tulizo Letu or "quiet place" patients who had received medication. Meanwhile, nearly 700 mental patients were hospitalised for periods ranging from several weeks to several months.

We were helped by the organisation Fracarita based in Belgium. They provide us medicines but for the rest, we rely on the payment from family caregivers. Now, when a patient receives several successive treatments, the family pays first but does not take long. The first consultation costs a significant $ 6.50 [€ 5] payment. Then the family must pay $ 1 [0.75 euros] per visit, plus medicine. So we do what we can to continue despite the problems but inevitably there is a lack of resources and this is contributing to relapse of patients.

The doctor recalls that the family structure is also an essential element for the success of treatment.

It is requires that the patient be supported because when released, the family must take over. So, when some are collected in the street by residents or the police bring them in, we do everything we can to reconnect with relatives of the patients. Care of patients living in the street, without any connection to their loved ones are more difficult to treat relates the specialist.

Lawlessness: difficult to fight against discrimination

Professionals agree that the current Congolese legislation does not ensure the protection of persons with mental disorders when they are victims of violence, or deal with them appropriately when they are the perpetrators. For the patients who manifest aggressively from the disease and who are not treated often have no ability to avoid committing acts of violence.

No specific treatments exist. We draw on medical ethics and the Belgian and French experiences, particularly in terms of criminal responsibility of the mentally ill, said Dr. Sala.

When a patient has committed a crime, doctors work with the police in the investigation which may help to establish that the patient was not aware at the time of his act. It is then for the magistrate to determine liability.But this system is obviously not enough. We need legislation that would protect the patient, the victim, and also the medical staff.

In 2011, the World Health Organization recorded 44 psychiatrists and 10 psychologists in the Congolese population of 68 million.

Think about that last statistic. That is less than one mental healthcare professional per million people. When you bitch about the foreign aid, reparations for stolen wealth remember it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

New Zealand: " With the jester on the sidelines in a cast "

Keeping Stock blogs .

David Cunliffe has a bit of a dilemma here. Labour has clearly selected a candidate for Rangitata who has extreme views about the Prime Minister, which he is not shy in putting into the public domain. That in itself is a recipe for catastrophe.

But by pledging a campaign focusing on policies rather than personalities, David Cunliffe has painted himself into a corner here. Either he throws the Sledge Pledge out the window and endorses a candidate with clear anti-Semitic views, or he is forced to order that the candidate be deselected. Whichever path he chooses, it's yet another distraction Labour could do without.

Yesterday Labour's Big Red Positive Bus was rolled out in downtown Auckland. Today however, a wheel has fallen of the Bus of Positivity.

FOOTNOTE: If you don't get the anti-Semitism here, this may help you.

If Gibson is still a Labour candidate when the sun that will soon rise over NZ set's again I will be astonished.  It matters not, tonight Labour lost the election. There is no way I will cast a party vote for a party that fields such  a candidate. Keeping Stock further reports in the comments 

"Quite so QH - he's apologised for the "Shylock" reference, claiming ignorance of Shylock being derogatory and anti-Semitic. But interestingly, he hasn't apologised for any of the rest of his angry rant.

David Cunliffe has every right to be incandescent with anger; Steve Gibson has taken the gloss of Labour's campaign launch yesterday."

"...claiming ignorance of Shylock being derogatory..."   

Yes well one of course look at the ... sorry is this clown really  the candidate ? "

Friday, August 8, 2014

Israel & America: " And I think of all the good things That we have left undone "

Brian Eno writes at Popular Resistance

Today I Saw A Weeping Palestinian Man Holding A Plastic Bag Of Meat: It Was His Son

Brian Eno’s letter to America: WHY? I just don’t get it

Brian Eno is an artist, musical innovator, record producer for artists ranging from David Bowie to U2 and Coldplay. He has been a consistent supporter of Stop the War Coalition since it was first founded.

Dear All of You:
I sense I’m breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can’t keep quiet any more.

Not quite sure what rule Eno is breaking. From the perspective of this blog I am a little off reservation insofar as I avoid Middle Eastern politics but I do not avoid issues such as genocide and there is no other description for the activities of Israel in Gaza.
Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He’d been shredded (the hospital’s word) by an Israeli missile attack – apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are – hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old.

This act by Israel is in my opinion a crime against humanity. The most favorable interpretation possible is that it is a war crime.

A war crime is a serious violation of the laws and customs of war (also known as international humanitarian law) giving rise to individual criminal responsibility. Examples of war crimes such as:
 Murdering, mistreating, or deporting civilian residents of an occupied territory to slave labor camps
 Murdering or mistreating prisoners of war or civilian internees
 Forcing protected persons to serve in the forces of a hostile power
 Killing hostages
 Killing or punishing spies or other persons convicted of war crimes without a fair trial
 Wantonly destroying cities, towns, villages, or any object not warranted by military necessity
I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.
Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won’t sign up to it.

There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Israel is guilty of war crimes. America is aware of this and is using its influence to silence western criticism of Israel and it will use its Security Council Veto to prevent this issue being considered by the UN. America has a tradition of preventing those who have committed the worst crime possible... genocide.... facing justice. Be it the Nazi scientists saved at conclusion of WWII or the Rwandan Hutu genocidairs given carte blanche by the Americans and French to kill around a million Tutsi over the course of 3 months in 1994.   

The terrible reality of  America's behaviour is that further crimes against humanity  are then facilitated by the survivors of such atrocities due to American guilt. Be it Israel in Gaza or Rwanda in the DR Congo today.

What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But – for Christ’s sake! – it’s not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don’t get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC… for if that’s the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don’t think that’s the reason… but I have no idea what it could be.

Eno needs to cut out the bullshit. This is not ethnic cleansing it is genocide. The term " ethnic cleansing " is a manifestation of just how fucking useless the media are. With regard to the Israel lobby ( AIPAC ) and American corruption Eno has perhaps unwittingly answered that question with his observation on the American medias complicity in keeping the truth from the public, mind you the US public have bought into this deception.
The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. You, my close American friends, symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can’t work it out: I know you’re not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren’t heard or registered?

The Americans I know fit Eno's description but America collectively does not. That should not come as a surprise the Americans the world meets are the minority.

" More than half of Americans - 54per cent - have never traveled outside the U.S., and 35per cent admit that they do not even own a passport.
According to a survey of 2,105 Americans, conducted by CouponCodes4u, 41per cent of travelers who have never been abroad feel that everything worth visiting is in the U.S.

Only 15per cent of respondents said they planned on vacationing abroad this year.

Of those who said they would remain in their own state, 22per cent admitted that they had never ventured outside its borders before. "

I don't know if the statistics include military deployments by US personnel but I suspect they do and that would exasperate the situation.

How come it isn’t your spirit that most of the world now thinks of when it hears the word ‘America’? How bad does it look when the one country which more than any other grounds its identity in notions of Liberty and Democracy then goes and puts its money exactly where its mouth isn’t and supports a ragingly racist theocracy?

If the America Eno alludes too ever existed I have no idea when it was. Ask native or black Americans about that. America isn't so far from a theocracy and the ability of the majority of Americans to look critically at Americas behaviour as an international citizen is a joke. When the Global Financial Crisis hit the world was shown pictures of Americans who had lost their homes in trailer parks with the stars and stripes flying prominently. In most of the world the flags would have been burning but not in brainwashed batshit crazy America.
I was in Israel last year with Mary. Her sister works for UNWRA in Jerusalem. Showing us round were a Palestinian – Shadi, who is her sister’s husband and a professional guide – and Oren Jacobovitch, an Israeli Jew, an ex-major from the IDF who left the service under a cloud for refusing to beat up Palestinians. Between the two of them we got to see some harrowing things – Palestinian houses hemmed in by wire mesh and boards to prevent settlers throwing shit and piss and used sanitary towels at the inhabitants; Palestinian kids on their way to school being beaten by Israeli kids with baseball bats to parental applause and laughter; a whole village evicted and living in caves while three settler families moved onto their land; an Israeli settlement on top of a hill diverting its sewage directly down onto Palestinian farmland below; The Wall; the checkpoints… and all the endless daily humiliations. I kept thinking, “Do Americans really condone this? Do they really think this is OK? Or do they just not know about it?”.

They don't know, they don't want to known and worse they don't care that they don't know. That will however change.
" The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out. "

As for the Peace Process: Israel wants the Process but not the Peace. While ‘the process’ is going on the settlers continue grabbing land and building their settlements… and then when the Palestinians finally erupt with their pathetic fireworks they get hammered and shredded with state-of-the-art missiles and depleted uranium shells because Israel ‘has a right to defend itself’ ( whereas Palestine clearly doesn’t). And the settler militias are always happy to lend a fist or rip up someone’s olive grove while the army looks the other way.

That is a very astute observation.  The process is useful from an Israeli perspective, it has destroyed any possibility of a two state solution. Just in case you are unaware of the scale of this theft be prepared to be shocked.

Remember that the map is now 14 years out of date. And the reason ?
" The two-state solution refers to a solution of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict currently under discussion, which calls for "two states for two peoples." The two-state solution envisages an independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, west of the Jordan River.

The framework of the solution is set out in UN resolutions on the "Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine", going back to 1974. The resolution calls for "two States, Israel and Palestine ... side by side within secure and recognized borders" together with "a just resolution of the refugee question in conformity with UN resolution 194". The borders of the state of Palestine are "based on the pre-1967 borders". The latest resolution in November 2013 was passed 165 to 6, with 6 abstentions. The countries voting against were Canada, Israel, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau and the United States.

The Palestinians have "shown serious interest" in a two-state solution since the mid-1970s, and its mainstream leadership has embraced the concept since the 1982 Arab Summit in Fez.

Over the years, polls have consistently shown "respectable Israeli and Palestinian majorities in favor of a negotiated two-state settlement."

It will not happen. As Eno points out above " a whole village evicted and living in caves while three settler families moved onto their land "

By the way, most of them are not ethnic Israelis – they’re ‘right of return’ Jews from Russia and Ukraine and Moravia and South Africa and Brooklyn who came to Israel recently with the notion that they had an inviolable (God-given!) right to the land, and that ‘Arab’ equates with ‘vermin’ – straightforward old-school racism delivered with the same arrogant, shameless swagger that the good ole boys of Louisiana used to affect. That is the culture our taxes are defending. It’s like sending money to the Klan.

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that my partner's sister and three of my four daughters arrived in New Zealand in March this year. Much to my annoyance they had to go through the six week residential orientation programme required by immigration NZ for refugees ( I was totally wrong to oppose this and Immigration NZ were right to insist on it ). I met a family who arrived at the same time from Syria ( mum was fluent in English, actually an English teacher ) while my family were on the course. The family were Palestinians who had been evicted by Israel and tried their luck in Baghdad, America wrecked that relocation, so they tried Syria. We all know what is happening there ( unless of course we are Americans ). Dad is business man he had owned retail operations, he had employed people he wants to be a productive participant here. He belongs to us now and he will I am sure for the forth time in his life set up a business and contribute to the NZ community. 
Israel and America think of him as vermin:
" The term describes farm pests which raid farms as opposed to infest farms—mainly predators such as... "

Israel are far worse than vermin they raid and infest.

As for giving the Klan  Israel tax money Eno is correct the only difference being that the Klan saw a value in property and didn't always kill. 

But beyond this, what really troubles me is the bigger picture. Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents ‘The West’. So it is The West  that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy. I fear that all the civilisational achievements of The Enlightenment and Western Culture are being discredited – to the great glee of the mad Mullahs – by this flagrant hypocrisy. The war has no moral justification that I can see  - but it doesn’t even have any pragmatic value either. It doesn’t make Kissingerian ‘Realpolitik’ sense; it just makes us look bad.
Actually I disagree. New Zealand under previous administrations has disassociated its self from the " West " I am sure we will again. The West needs to disassociate from America. If America wishes to remain a nation caught in the amber of the 20th century so be it. Empires fall when they become irrelevant, ask Britain.

I’m sorry to burden you all with this. I know you’re busy and in varying degrees allergic to politics, but this is beyond politics. It’s us squandering the civilisational capital that we’ve built over generations. None of the questions in this letter are rhetorical: I really don’t get it and I wish that I did.

I get it Brian. I am just far more objective than you.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Zealand: For my daughter Christelle.

This place relates: 

( Over the last few days my youngest daughter Christelle and I have engaged in a sticker war conducted over Facebook messenger. The Dog and Footrot Flats are as about as Kiwi as you can get, Christelle is unaware of The Iron Paw, Horse, Wal, Stephen Hall-Jones etc. I am unsure if it is inter generational warfare or cultural differences but hell I am enjoying it.

The Dog

Name/s :The dog, The Iron Paw, The Scarlet Manuka, The Grey Ghost, who put that there!SpeciesDogBackgroundThe real star of Footrot Flats, owned by Wal Footrot. The Dog was raised by Wal's Aunt Dolly in her cat home with some help from a foster mother half-persian cat named Ninky Pooh. While he was there, Aunt Dolly gave the dog a name that he has never forgiven her for - and has never allowed to be printed. That's why he's known simply as "The Dog".

Author Murray ball had planned on revealing the Dog's name but eventully decided against it. There are some strips where it may appear that someone (such as Ninky Pooh) is referring to the Dog by his real name but none of them actually are his name. After all, what name could have been as bad as the ones millions of readers had anticipated over the years.
According to a visitor to this site from Sweden (thanks Karl), the Swedish translation of Footrot Flats refers to the Dog as "flippen".
(Note - the scene on the right never really hapenned. Dogs can daydream too you know)

Dog's View:

You will never find such a noble creature as the mitey dog. Tuff like major but smarter. Classy like Charlie but better lookin'. Yep! He's got it all where it counts. Long live the dog. Yay!
The Dog

Monday, August 4, 2014

Uganda: " Are we trigger happy ? Russian roulette in the waiting room "

New Vision reports

Police to recruit over 5,000

The Uganda Police Force is to recruit 5,000 officers in a one-week exercise  starting September 1

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, said the recruitment drive is to bolster the Force to ensure effective policing of the 2016 general elections. 

It is hard to comment on this without knowing the size of the Ugandan Police Force ( UPF ) but the New Zealand police force has about 8000 officers for a population of a bit over four million extrapolating that figure out the Ugandan police force for a population of about 35 million would be about 70,000 officers, I suspect it is far higher. By New Zealand standards this is a huge increase in man power. If as Commander Kaweesi says this is to police a general election then the legitimacy of the Museveni regime has some serious question marks.

“The last elections were marred with incidents of violence. And recently we have got information that the opposition with some civil society organizations are plotting to block the general elections through violence. The recruitment will enable us counter all those threats,” Kaweesi explained. 

Violence is something the UPF seems to specialise in, from the Guardian. 

" The worst part of John's life is the punishment meted out to him and his friends by the very people whose duty it is to protect them. They are accused of being criminals and chokora (scavengers), and beaten. "They cane us, the police. Big boys cane us. They use sticks and they [punch] us," says John, who is about 15. This usually happens at weekends, he says. "

The Kampala Police chief made the revelation at the passing out of a total of 1,000 crime preventers from areas of Mukono, Kira Division, Nagalama, Jinja Road Police Station and Kira Road Police Station who had gathered at Kira Road Police Station play grounds on Sunday. 

The police in Uganda get playgrounds ? Again from the Guardian

" We eat leftovers. I don't sleep very well – it's not very comfortable. We live badly," he says, before huddling together with about 30 children on a shop verandah, opposite a nightclub. "

Batshit crazy ? Cops get playgrounds and kids get... well apart from beatings from the police it would seem nothing.

Kaweesi also noted that there is a group of people led by Kampala Retired Bishop Zac Niringiye planning to disrupt peace in the city in a demonstration dubbed ‘Walk To Freedom’. 

" Walk To Freedom " Is it possible that Zac Niringiye is making a point ? Is it conceivable that Commander Kaweesi and the UPF has totally missed the point ? Yup.

“A move to block the general elections is fighting the constitution, something our job does not allow, so we have to be prepared. 

Really ? Ignoring the constitution doesn't seem to bother your elected representatives.

" A couple of points, one has to wounder why there was no quorum given this was an issue that is supported by all peoples on the African continent. Clearly Ugandan Parliamentarians can read even if their Speaker can't count. The other point that should be made is why President Museveni signed this bill into law if the President of Uganda has such a disregard for the constitution Uganda has some very dark days ahead."

We allowed the opposition leaders and civil society organizations to go round the country over the electoral reforms; they are now planning to misuse that liberty to cause unrest. We are ready to suppress them, the way we did in their first attempts,” he said. 

The UPF allowed people to exercise their democratic rights but an election is happening next year so those rights are now proscribed. 

He said the recruitment will also help reduce rampant incidents of crime in the country and improve police to population ratio. 

A ratio I would like to know but can't find.

“We hope that the recruitment will help plug the attrition in the police force which stands at over 1000 annually as a result of death, retirement, desertion and dismissal of personnel,” he said. 

Hang on. " 1,000 crime preventers " just passed out according to this article and 1000 leave per year, it would seem Uganda is increasing its police numbers by far more than the attrition rate. Why ?

Kaweesi said the applicants must be Ugandan citizens with the minimum qualification of Senior Six or its equivalent. 

Additionally, they must not have a criminal record and be ready to work long hours. 

Guess I am not going to qualify as a Ugandan police officer.

“Application in triplicate filled in own handwriting and accompanied by photocopies of academic transcripts and certificates, curriculum vitae, three recent passport size photographs and recommendation letters from LC1, LC2, LC3 and RDC should be brought in person at the recruitment centers,” he said.

I am screwed my handwriting might get me past the first hurdle but I have never met any of the LC's and I have no friends at the RDC. 

He called upon the interested candidates to obtain application forms from secretaries to district service commissions or the public service commission adding that they should also fill in the Uganda Police recruitment bio-data forms from the offices of the district commanders. 

The regional centers are the Police Training School Kibuli, regional Police headquarters at Jinja, Wakiso, Masaka, Mpigi, Moroto, Gulu, Arua, Hoima, Fort Portal, Masaka, Mbarara, Mbale and Soroti.

Police states scare the shit out of me.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

DR Congo: " Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train "

Charley Kasereka blogs, as usual with Charly's blogs this has been translated by whoever blogger uses to translate and cleaned up by me. Any mistakes are mine alone. As per my policy I have refrained from making any comment on Charly's work.  

A permanent framework for dialogue for peace in North Kivu

                                          Father Arseny was Munembwe Rutshuru (Photo Charly Kasereka)

Peace Caravan, 150 kilometers with more than 500 people, men of God, the local communities in North Kivu want to establish a permanent framework for dialogue to build peace in their province.

The caravan is part of the roundabout sign. Goma July 26, 9:30. A string of thirty vehicles. According to the organizers of the caravan it is to show that after eight months of total liberation of the territory Nyirangongo and Rutshuru, the road is safe.

Thirty MPs elected from North Kivu have come for the occasion for them is part of their recess. The activity is also accompanied by some associations of civil society and international NGOs such as' 'Peace One Day 'which also preparing a major activity of Peace on 21 September in Goma.

Peace, everybody talks about it. After peace in North Kivu, the restoration of the authority of the state is the next challenge. The state was weakened or has been absent for a long time in some areas of the province. Communities were divided. Reconciliation, development and peace building is the challenge of the future for the Congolese government.

After an address to the communities living in Bunagana, formerly the territory of ​​the rebel group M23, a dialog happens on how to live another way without pointing the finger at each other. This is not my place but the Jomba community 150 km north Goma.

For his part, Jason Luneno, elected in Walikale sought the involvement of provincial authorities for the effective return of stability and peace. Approximately 500 people attended the peace caravan to invite the citizens of North -Kivu to capitalize on the gains of peace and consolidate. The organizer of the event, Father Arsene Munembwe, said the peace caravan wants to create a framework to enable the people of North Kivu to launch the opportunities for development and peace after the defeat M23 rebels.

Yeah I know, no comments on Charly's blog. An observation though on  Cat Steven's peace train. New Zealand used to drive that train. New Zealand is hoping to be elected to the UN Security Council later this year. I can see no point in our election to that body if we are just replacing Australia as part of the Anglo Saxon Fist.