Thursday, November 23, 2017

#Rwanda to invade #Uganda - #Museveni, #Kagame love is dead


Paul Kagame called a security meeting with his trusted military generals as the relationship between the two countries headed for collision. Museveni did not learn anything from Kisangani and this time it will be regime change in Kampala, said Paul Kagame.

Among those attended the meetings were, Fred Ibingira head of Rwandese Reserve Force, Joseph Nzabamwita, head of Rwanda’s National Intelligence, Francis Mutiganda the head of Rwanda External Security Organization ( ESO), among others.

Rwanda suspects Uganda government to clandestinely work with Rwandese in South Africa to destabilize Rwanda. Uganda government had arrested Rwandese spy agents who were working in Uganda police force among which was Rene Rutagungira a notorious Rwandese who tortured and killed many Ugandans. Rene Rutagungira was involved in apprehending Rwandese refugees inside Uganda who were critical of Kagame and sent them back to Rwanda and many were not lucky as they met their death in Uganda.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss plan B for regime change in Uganda. Kagame instructed all fired Ugandan employees to be replaced by qualified refugees from Burundi. If Rwanda succeeds in plan B, Ugandans would be slaves to Rwanda.

Ugandans are willing to sell their country for a useless 29M/= without considering the consequences of their actions by removing the age limits from the constitution. Both countries had made agreements to employ their citizens in different security organs and many Rwandese are employed in security services in Uganda in UPDF, SFC, Police and Prison but Rwanda had only employed Ugandans in civil services.

Arresting of Redpepper news editors was a warning to other newspaper editors that the covering of Rwanda’s plan B of regime change in Uganda is a no go. Employing Rwandese by Museveni is part of his political beliefs while Ugandans are unemployed and many are scattered around the globe in an unprecedented ways worse than Amin’s government.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#Ugandans keep falling into #Dictator #Museveni's trap

With Uganda currently boasting one of the youngest populations in the world, almost every politician in the current campaign season has adopted music to appeal to this group. Some of the tunes such as Amelia by Dr Hilderman, that pays tribute to the Mawokota South parliamentary candidate, Ms Amelia Kyambadde, are quite popular on the air waves. The IPC candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, opens most of his rallies with some comical dancing to the tune Doctor Wange- a call by a patient (voter) to a doctor (Besigye) to cure their poverty, disease, ignorance, jiggers etc.
Mr Museveni, the incumbent, has adopted a Kinyankole rhyme and repackaged it as Another Rap, which has become very popular as a ring tone. As is wont, in Another Rap, rapper Museveni blurts out many words, the most memorable being Mp’enkoni (hand me a stick). His admirers claim the warrior is seeking to rearm and continue with the liberation of Ugandans from disease, poverty and bad governance.
Museveni’s opponents are picking it up from here to claim in the interest of putting the rapper down, that Museveni is asking his people for a stick to help him ‘beat’ this country into further submission, so as to perpetuate himself and his cronies in power. All this is nothing strange in a political season.
What is most useful is that Sevo (as Museveni the rapper is known) who has been in power for quarter of a century, is still asking for more time to ‘complete his programmes’ and hand over a stable country to the next leader who, going by his record, is actually himself!
Museveni’s strategy has always been to position himself as a symbol and source of hope. He then uses his failure to deliver on time as an opportunity to ask for more time to find a solution to his very failure.
In 1986, fresh from a successful bush war, and still full of revolutionary fervour, Museveni famously and rightly, stated that Africa’s problem stems from leaders who stay in power for too long. Ugandans joined him and gave him a lot of good will and the benefit of doubt for he promised his would be over in four years.
It later turned out that he needed another five to write a new constitution. Again it was only logical even for his enemies because his promises would now be solidly tied into the law and could be held accountable using that very constitution.The Constitution, promulgated in 1995, allowed Museveni to stand for two five-year terms which defined 2005 as the end of his era as President. Patience would resolve this matter so they thought.

Meanwhile, Museveni was strengthening his networks and weakening those of his opponents. With most of his contenders’ guards down, either due the naïve thought that Museveni would retire or having been weakened by being too far from power for too long, in 2005 Museveni laid an ambush.
The Constitution was amended at the cost of Shs5million for each consenting Member of Parliament, on the pretext that Uganda’s problems were not time barred and therefore one would not need to be limited in his bid to solving them.
Now the President is calling himself the old broom which knows the corners. He is selling himself as the guardian of the interests and the future of the youth. He claims he does not want the ‘wealth’ he has painstakingly accumulated for his people to be handed over to ‘hungry people’ who, he says, will steal it. He wants to protect their oil, get them jobs and guarantee a prosperous future for them. He is promising to fulfil in five years what he has failed to do in the last 25 years claiming that most of the time he has been dealing with other pressing needs of the nation.
That is why I agree with that fellow who intimated that another five years of Museveni is like falling in another trap full of false hope and unfulfilled promises that will need another and another five years to accomplish.

Mr Sengoba is a commentator on political and social issues.

Published Tuesday November 23, 2010 by Daily Monitor. 

With 'Sevo' Uganda will fall into another trap

Tuesday November 23 2010 Advertisement With Uganda currently boasting one of the youngest populations in the world, almost every politician in the current campaign season has adopted music to appeal to this group. Some of the tunes such as Amelia by Dr Hilderman, that pays tribute to the Mawokota South parliamentary candidate, Ms Amelia Kyambadde, are quite popular on the air waves.

« Comment rendre justice lorsque l’État est l’instigateur des crimes ? » - #Burundi

Depuis avril 2015, le Burundi va très mal : discours de haine, arrestations arbitraires, actes de torture, disparitions forcées, exécutions extrajudiciaires, femmes martyrisées jusque dans leur intimité avant d’être retrouvées, les corps jetés comme des détritus. Des actes inhumains d’une extrême gravité largement documentés par les organisations internationales de défense des droits de l’homme et commis par des membres des forces de sécurité et des jeunes miliciens Imbonerakure.
Comment rendre justice lorsque le recours à la justice locale semble inenvisageable ?
Exigence de justice
Recouvrir ces crimes d’un voile pudique et ne pas traduire devant les tribunaux leurs auteurs au nom de l’impératif de réconciliation nationale, serait jeter hors histoire les victimes et hypothéquer l’avenir du Burundi en instituant ainsi l’extrême violence comme acte légitime, moral et naturel de gouvernance.
Mais comment rendre justice lorsque le recours à la justice locale semble inenvisageable, l’État n’étant plus le protecteur du droit mais l’instigateur des crimes en question ? Comment faire lorsque les autorités de Bujumbura interrogées sur des cas précis de torture, de disparition, de viols, de meurtres répondent systématiquement par la même pirouette : « L’affaire est en cours d’examen » ?
Recourir à la justice internationale ? Se tourner vers la Cour pénale internationale compétente en matière de crimes internationaux et offrant aux victimes la possibilité de déposer plainte, produire des éléments de preuve, se porter partie civile et être entendues comme témoins ?
C’est la démarche finalement choisie et engagée par les victimes burundaises avec l’aide d’un collectif d’avocats, démarche qui vient d’aboutir à l’autorisation par les juges de l’ouverture d’une enquête du Tribunal de La Haye sur les crimes contre l’Humanité commis depuis avril 2015.
Accepter l’institutionnalisation de la terreur en silence serait le prix à payer pour la paix ?
Doctrine permissive de l’impunité
Décision accueillie avec soulagement et satisfaction par les victimes et saluée par un mouvement de mauvaise humeur par les présidents ougandais et tanzaniens. Réflexe corporatiste classique des chefs d’État africains se protégeant mutuellement par crainte d’être l’objet, un jour, à leur tour, d’éventuelles poursuites ?
Peut-être. Dans tous les cas, les arguments avancés par les Présidents John Magufuli et Yoweri Museveni laissent dubitatifs : priorité à la construction de la paix au Burundi et défense de la souveraineté africaine versus ingérence internationale. Accepter les actes d’inhumanité et l’institutionnalisation de la terreur en silence serait donc le prix à payer pour la paix et les crimes contre l’Humanité relèveraient, en définitive, de secrets régionaux à ne pas exposer sur la place mondiale ?
>>> A LIRE : Gérard Birantamije : « La communauté internationale aurait dû intervenir au Burundi »

Arguments pervers affirmant en réalité l’impunité comme condition de la paix, traitant les chercheurs de justice de déstabilisateurs et criminalisant la justice, figurée en obstacle au retour à la concorde !
Doctrine permissive de l’impunité empruntant bizarrement son vocabulaire à la sémantique du régime de Bujumbura et occultant la souffrance des victimes, balayée d’un revers de slogans mâtinés de panafricanisme dévoyé, qui, en réalité, n’affirme pas la souveraineté africaine mais proclame tout compte fait que la vie d’un(e) africain(e) ne vaut pas grand-chose.
Que le gouvernement burundais s’entête à faire obstruction, l’enquête de la CPI n’en sera pas pour autant totalement bloquée
La position incompréhensible de Kampala
La position du président Ougandais, Yoweri Museveni, médiateur dans le conflit burundais, demeure, par ailleurs, particulièrement incompréhensible au regard des relations entre Kampala et la CPI : l’Ouganda a été l’un des premiers États africains à saisir la Cour dès 2004 au sujet des crimes commis par l’Armée de Résistance du Seigneur (ARS). Et au terme d’une année d’investigations, la CPI a émis cinq mandats d’arrêt contre Joseph Kony et quatre autres commandants de l’ARS pour crimes contre l’humanité et crimes de guerre.
La Cour pénale internationale serait-elle donc aux yeux de Kampala, une institution crédible lorsqu’elle engage des poursuites judiciaires contre des chefs rebelles et illégitime de facto, dès lors qu’elle ose interroger la responsabilité de hauts dirigeants africains dans la commission de crimes qui relèvent de sa compétence ?
>>> A LIRE – Burundi : l’insoutenable aveuglement volontaire de Smaïl Chergui et de l’UA
Enquêter malgré les obstructions
Mais qu’est-il possible d’espérer concrètement de l’enquête ouverte par la Cour de La Haye sur le Burundi, Bujumbura ayant officiellement exprimé sa volonté de faire barrage à toute démarche de l’institution pénale internationale ?
Que le gouvernement burundais s’entête à faire obstruction au processus de rassemblement des preuves, d’audition des suspects, d’accès aux victimes, aux témoins ainsi qu’aux lieux, théâtre des exactions, l’enquête de la CPI n’en sera pas pour autant totalement bloquée.
Outre les éléments de preuve déjà recueillis par la Commission d’enquête des Nations unies, les experts mandatés par la Cour pourront procéder à l’audition des témoins et des victimes réfugiés hors Burundi sans solliciter l’autorisation de Bujumbura. La CPI pourra également demander la comparution, ailleurs que dans la capitale burundaise, des responsables présumés des crimes établis et, évidement, délivrer des mandats d’arrêt.
Pour la première fois au Burundi la possibilité de traduire devant des tribunaux impartiaux les auteurs de crimes abominables est réelle
Il n’est pas à exclure qu’au cours de la procédure, les dirigeants de Bujumbura, essayant d’échapper aux inculpations de la Cour, mettent en place des procédures pénales locales dilatoires de poursuites des personnalités incriminées. Ou encore, qu’ils marchandent l’intégration de mécanismes d’établissement des faits et de réparation dans le processus de négociation politique contre l’abandon de toute enquête internationale en cours.
Sacrifier ainsi l’obligation de répondre de crimes commis contre l’Humanité sur l’autel d’un éventuel compromis politique bancal constituerait une faute morale grave.
Le processus s’annonce sans doute long et sera parfois difficile ; n’empêche : pour la première fois dans l’histoire du Burundi la possibilité de traduire devant des tribunaux impartiaux et compétents les auteurs de crimes abominables est bien réelle. Et il ne faut surtout pas oublier ces paroles d’Hannah Arendt : « Le but d’un procès est de rendre justice, rien de plus. Les buts ultérieurs si nobles soient-ils (… ) ne peuvent que détourner les hommes de loi de leur principale tâche, qui est de peser les faits retenus contre l’accusé, de le juger et de le châtier en conséquences. »


#Sudan denies visa to former #SouthSudan army chief #Malong

November 22, 2017 (NAIROBI) - The Sudanese embassy in Nairobi has declined to grant a visa to former chief of staff of South Sudanese army, Gen Paul Malong Awan, Sudan Tribune has learnt on Wednesday.
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SPLA Chief of General Staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan (C) is visiting his farms in his homeland of Warawar in Aweil East State on 7 May 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)
Awan recently arrived in the Kenyan capital for medical examinations, a matter that he long time asked for to avoid confinement in Juba after his sack on 9 May 2017.
The motives and the circumstances under which the former chief of staff sought the visa and its rejection by the Sudanese embassy remains unclear.
Awan’s family member told Sudan Tribune that the former chief of staff had planned to travel out of Nairobi on Tuesday, barely three days after he was allowed by President Salva Kiir through an initiative brokered by the Church and prominent elders following weeks of heightened tensions and standoff in Juba over his guards
He left Juba after reconciliation with President Kiir in a function attended by several government officials. The reconciliation paved the way for his travel outside the country following a rejection of his repeated requests to go to his home village in Northern Bahr el Ghazal region.
A source familiar with the plan for visa said Awan gave incoherent information when asked by the Sudanese embassy to state reasons for his visit to Khartoum.
"I actually don’t know the reason why the Sudanese embassy did not approve his visa. What I know is that he was due to attend a meeting in Khartoum today (Wednesday). This was what he told me. Now this meeting has been postponed because he was the one going to chair it," said the source.
"I don’t know the objective but I could only hear him telling the people to whom he was speaking by telephone to go ahead but the people told him that they would postpone the meeting and they will go find out the cause for denying him the visa from Sudanese authorities," he said.
Several sources in the past disclosed the existence of security reports accusing Awan of plotting to overthrow his friend Salva Kiir. However, the latter resisted first recommendations to take action against him. He finally decided to sack him. Also, he cleared the army and the different state structures from his supporters.

A security official at the South Sudanese embassy in Nairobi told Sudan Tribune separately that they have been noticed increased and unusual activities and meetings with foreign mercenaries and political dissidents since the arrival of Paul Malong from Juba.
"We have been closely monitoring his movements and activities. We alerted our office in Juba about these unusual activities being carried by the former chief of staff. We thought he was released to come for medical checks and family visit but now it is becoming something else. he is involved in a mobilization type of activities. We have brought this to the attention of the Kenyan authorities and they have agreed to work with us", said the security official.
Unconfirmed reports say Awan’s activities are parts of a strategy aimed at bringing Juba to return him into the government as he feels uncomfortable with staying without assignment that would protect him from being accused and dragged to court for the role he played in the ongoing conflict, particularly the recruitment of the government militia which targeted ethnic Nuer when conflict erupted in 2013 in Juba.

#Chinese company opens investment office in #Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- China's tech hub city Shenzhen has consolidated economic partnership with Ethiopia by opening its Shenzhen Outbound Alliance (SOA) Africa branch office in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

SOA is a non-governmental organization formed to help Shenzhen companies to engage in outbound investment and cooperation. Speaking at the SOA office inaugural event, Sun Tianlu, vice chairman and secretary of the Alliance said with the city's total economic output expected to hit 2 trillion yuan (302 billion U.S. dollars) in 2017, owing largely to high-tech products and services, it was natural that Shenzhen wanted to impart its successes to overseas destinations.

Shenzhen is home to internationally known high tech companies including Huawei, ZTE and Shenzhen Energy Group. The presence of a large number of high-tech companies headquartered in the city has given it the nickname "Silicon Valley" of China.

Berhane Keleta, Director General of Ethio-ICT industrial park said Ethiopia has already been a beneficiary of IT services from companies like Huawei and ZTE, and invites more Shenzhen based companies to create alliance with local investors to create ICT partnership.
Participants follow proceedings during the opening of Shenzhen Outbound Alliance (SOA) Africa branch office in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Nov. 21, 2017.

(Xinhua/Michael Tewelde) The Ethiopian government is building an ICT park in Addis Ababa at a cost of 250 million US dollars aimed at boosting IT services with the aim to make the country a premier IT hub in Africa.

Sehul Tirusew, Investment Attraction Advisor at Ethiopia Investment Commission (EIC), said it's critical to have business partnerships with foreign partners and the EIC is committed to insuring that Chinese investments are successful and thriving in Ethiopia.

"We will do all we can to make sure that we assist," said Tirusew. Tirusew said Ethiopia has a demographic advantage for companies who want to hire a large labor force, adding Ethiopia has 54 million citizens considered to be an active workforce.

#Uganda Foreign Affairs Minister #SamKutesa told to resign after US AG finds him complicit in #Corruption

Kampala. Seven Members of Parliament (MPs) say Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa should resign, now that he is again accused of corruption.

This follows reports that Mr Kutesa in 2016 asked for and received a Shs1.8 billion bribe from Chi Ping Patrick Ho, a Chinese national.

In return, Mr Kutesa was to help a Chinese energy company to secure contracts and ventures in Uganda’s energy and financial sectors.

During a press conference on Wednesday, November 22 in Kampala, the MPs said that given the allegations against Mr Kutesa, he risks arrest should he travel to the US.

“President Museveni and Kutesa should resign and give Ugandans a chance to cleanse their country,” Mr Gerald Karuhanga, Ntungamo Municipality MP, said.

“Soon, we might hear of arrest warrants probably for our President and Kutesa. They will be fugitives.”
Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo added: “I challenge Kutesa… let us travel to Washington (US). Let us see if he will be able to leave Washington. He will not. He is wanted.”

The other MPs at the press conference were John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya County), Nabilah Nagayi (Kampala Woman Representative), Patrick Nsamba (Kassanda North), Monicah Amoding (Kumi Municality), Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga West) and James Kaberuka (Kinkizi West).

The complaint against Mr Ho says Mr Museveni received gifts, a claim Mr Museveni’s Senior Press Secretary Don Wanyama has dismissed.

Mr Kutesa is currently in Europe on official duty. It is not clear when he will fly back to Uganda.
The charges against him could not have come at a worse time.

Early this month, the Paradise Papers, a reporting project coordinated by the US-based International Consortium of International Journalists (ICIJ), reported that Mr Kutesa set up two offshore entities Obuyonza Discretionary Trust and Katonga Investments Limited in Seychelles.

Away from the Paradise Papers, Mr Kutesa has always had accusations of corruption swirling around his head.

The House Public Accounts Committee in March 2010 questioned him over accusations that he and Works and Transport minister John Nasasira had peddled influence to award a Shs9 billion contract for 30 cars to be used to transport guests who would attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which Uganda hosted in November 2007.

Mr Kutesa claimed then that it was President Museveni who decided thus, a defence PAC disputed, saying the President had actually questioned the procurement.

The matter ended up in Anti–Corruption Court in Kampala.
And in October 2011, Mr Kutesa, Mr Nasasira and Mwesigwa Rukutana resigned their positions as their trial started.

They said they had resigned to allow the due process of court to take place without interference, the Observer reported.
In November 2012, the court acquitted them.

In 2011, he, alongside the then Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and the then Internal Affairs minister Hilary Onek, was accused of receiving bribes from Tullow Oil to advance its interests in Uganda.

The House committee investigating the matter later absolved them.
Mr Kutesa is President Museveni’s brother–in–law; President Museveni’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba married Charlotte Nankunda Kutesa, one of Mr Kutesa’s daughters.

Like President Museveni’s brother Caleb Akandwanaho, Mr Kutesa is said to be very influential.
Because of the allegations against Mr Kutesa, some MPs and civil society organisations campaigned against his nomination by Uganda for the UN General Assembly presidency.

Given that he had the government’s backing and the support of some crucial states the President lobbied, the MPs and civil societies’ kerfuffle did not hinder his ascendance to the UNGA presidency.

It is while he was at the UNGA that he met Mr Ho. Mr Ho is now in US custody. So is a Senegalese diplomat, Cheikh Gadio.
It remains to be seen if Mr Kutesa will heed the MPs’ counsel.


#Uganda govt security goons kill suspects in #Kaweesi murder to hide evidence - @IGPKayihura @KagutaMuseveni @PoliceUG

Well it can be assumed that the suspects who were brutally arrested by non uniformed pistol yielding thugs have been killed and thrown in the Nile to feed the crocodiles.  OR else why is it that no one knows where they are?

Is this not Amin and Obote era all over again where FRONASA used to grab people and make them vanish?  AND the masses thought it was Amin and Obote doing all the killings and vanishings?

Well at least now we know who used to do it and is still doing it and will keep doing it till we #Zimbabwe Uganda.  Actually, it could go both ways.  We might all just get enough and go on strike.

Back to the question, why do we have courts of law at all? OR police?  Why not just replace both with militia?

Martha Leah Nangalama

Fourteen days after military intelligence agents violently re-arrested some of the suspects accused of murdering AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the Attorney General on Wednesday told court he doesn’t know where they are.

State attorney Allan Mukama surprised the court with this claim when an application of habeas corpus came up before Justice Stephen Musota.

The four suspects had been granted bail at Nakawa Grade One magistrates court but were snatched off the streets shortly after and bundled into unmarked cars which sped off to unknown destinations.

One of the suspects Ahmed Ssenfuuka being rearrested shortly after being granted bail
The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and police kept the public guessing over what could have become of them. Mukama’s claim before Justice Musota flies in the face of the police’s recent admission that the four are being held at the notorious Nalufenya police detention facility.

“The attorney general isn’t in possession of the applicants,” Mukama said. “The attorney general’s office is not in the know that its servants or agents are in possession of the applicants.”

Mukama’s submission came as a shock since on November 13, 2017, Asan Kasingye, the then police spokesperson, had admitted that the suspects were at Nalufenya where they were detained after being handed over by CMI. On November 7, Umalu Maganda, Ahmed Senfuka, Ibrahim Kisa, and Abdul Majidu Ojeger were granted bail by Nakawa

Grade One magistrate Noah Ssajjabbi only to be re-arrested as they headed home.

Shabbily dressed men brandishing guns first trailed the suspects from court before pouncing on them at the Spear Motors junction along the Kampala-Jinja highway. Two days later, through Wameli & Company Advocates, the four applied before the civil division of the High court to be released unconditionally.

Mukama told the judge that the attorney general, who is the government’s principal legal adviser, wasn’t opposed to the application.

“The attorney general is willing to assist this court to find out whether they are [being] held legally or not,” Mukama said.

Wameli had asked the judge to compel the attorney general to produce the four since they have been held “incommunicado” beyond the constitutionally laid out timeline of 48 hours.

“It’s very clear now that they are being held unconstitutionally,” Wameli said. “Yet there no signs that they will be charged in court soon.”

Though Wemali passionately argued, Justice Musota told him that his case, though unopposed by the attorney general, seemed to be dead on arrival.

Musota pointed out that Wemali had filed the application wrongly since each of the four applicants should have filed a separate application.

“These are different individuals who might have different issues,” Justice Musota said. “It’s the practice here that you file each of the applications separately.”

“You are ordered to file four different applications and this case will be heard tomorrow [Wednesday] at 3pm,” Musota said.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#Uganda army surrounds opposition leader's family - @AlJazeera @BBCAfrica @Business @WSJ @Sputnikint @KagutaMuseveni @UPDFspokespersn @IGPUganda

President Yoweri Museveni commences hunting for opposition as the world celebrates President Robert Mugabe's fall from Grace.

This hunt is incromprehensible given the harmless nature of Australian based cardiologist Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi's family.

It is public knowledge that while Museveni was in the bush wrecking havoc on Uganda, his mother was in Uganda and not once did Dr. Milton Obote persecute Mrs. Kaguta.

Consequently, Museveni is showing his wickedness by unleashing his notorious killer army on the family of an opposition leader.

Below is the message just received from Uganda.

Uganda NRA soldiers surround Dr Kiyingi’s mother in law’s, Mrs Rehema Nankumbi Kasibante, (mother to Mayimuna popularly known as “Galiemaya”) home in Nabusanke. 

No reason has been given and the soldiers are threatening to arrest her. Mrs Kasibante is not political and has not committed any crime. 

It should be remembered that her daughter, Aisha Nakasibante has been in prison for over 2 years without trial. This is harassment and family persecution. 

If Dictator Museveni has issues with Dr Kiyingi he should settle them with Dr Kiyingi and not go after Dr Kiyingi’s wife’s family.


#Lebanese PM Saad #Hariri returns to Beirut from #SaudiArabia

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has arrived back in Beirut for the first time since announcing his resignation in Saudi Arabia more than two weeks ago.
TV pictures from Beirut international airport showed Mr Hariri being greeted by members of the security forces as he disembarked from his plane.
Mr Hariri caused a political crisis when he quit during a visit to Riyadh.
He denied speculation that Saudi Arabia had forced him to quit as part of a regional power struggle with Iran.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun has refused to accept his resignation until he returns to present it in person.
On Saturday, Mr Hariri flew to Paris where he met French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been trying to broker a way out of the stalemate.
Mr Hariri stopped off briefly in Egypt and Cyprus on his way back to Beirut on Tuesday.
While in France, Mr Hariri vowed to return to Lebanon to take part in independence celebrations on Wednesday, adding: "It is there that I will make known my position... after meeting President Aoun."
Mr Hariri abruptly announced he was resigning during a trip to Saudi Arabia on 4 November.

Saad Hariri (right) and Emmanuel MacronImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionMr Hariri held talks with President Macron in Paris

In a televised statement, he said he feared assassination.
He also accused Iran of sowing "discord, devastation and destruction" in the region and alleged that the Hezbollah group, which is Iran's ally in Lebanon, was destabilising the nation.
Hezbollah is part of a national unity government that Mr Hariri formed last year.
President Aoun accused Saudi Arabia of holding Mr Hariri against his will but both the Saudis and Mr Hariri denied this.
Mr Hariri has close ties with Saudi Arabia. He holds both Lebanese and Saudi citizenship, owns properties in the kingdom, and Riyadh is a key backer of his political party, the Future Movement.

VIDEO: #UN condemns #Africa's return to #SlaveTrade

TRIPOLI, Libya, November 21, 2017/APO Group/ -- Statement by the Secretary-General on reported news of slavery in Libya:

I am horrified at news reports and video footage showing African migrants in Libya reportedly being sold as slaves. I abhor these appalling acts and call upon all competent authorities to investigate these activities without delay and bring the perpetrators to justice. I have asked the relevant United Nations actors to actively pursue this matter.

Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most egregious abuses of human rights and may amount to crimes against humanity.

I urge every nation to adopt and apply the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol on trafficking in persons and the international community to unite in fighting this scourge.

This also reminds us of the need to address migration flows in a comprehensive and humane manner: through development cooperation aiming at addressing its root causes, through a meaningful increase of all the opportunities of legal migration and through an enhanced international cooperation in cracking down all smugglers and traffickers and protecting the rights of their victims.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

#Oil report for November 21, 2017

-    The EIA sees the WTI discount of $6 per barrel relative to Brent persisting into the first quarter of 2018, which is $1/barrel more than the EIA predicted in its prior forecast.
-    Surging production from the Permian, plus a dearth of pipelines to accommodate all of that supply, has led to a spike in inventories at Cushing, Oklahoma, even as inventories have declined elsewhere.
-    These bottlenecks drag down WTI, and have contributed to the steeper discount relative to Brent.

Market Movers

•    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) 
said that it would only invest in projects that can be profitable at an oil price below $50 per barrel. COP’s CEO said that most of the company’s new investment will be directed into U.S. shale.
•    BP (NYSE: BP) has 
agreed to sell three oil fields in the North Sea for nearly $400 million. At the same time, BP is expected to raise production in the North Sea to 200,000 boe/d by 2020.
•    Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) and Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU) have 
said that synthetic crude production could temporarily dip because of problems at their plants.

Tuesday November 21, 2017

Oil prices are in a holding pattern ahead of the OPEC meeting at the end of next week. The consensus expectation is for an extension, although there are some rumblings about unease with the Russian delegation. “There seems to be some equivocation by the Russians about extending the OPEC deal,” 
said John Kilduff, founding partner at Again Capital. “With the door being left open, you’re seeing the market take a hit on a potential unraveling.”

Venezuela expected to lose 250,000 bpd this year. Data from OPEC suggests Venezuela could continue to see its oil production erode, with losses expected at 250,000 bpd in 2017. The losses could accelerate next year, jumping to 300,000 bpd. Some think it could be even worse. An OPEC source told 
Reuters that Saudi Arabia would not increase production in order to compensate for falling Venezuelan output. Still, Reuters points out that rising heavy oil production from Iraq, Canada and Brazil are offsetting the losses.

Volkswagen to spend $40 billion on EVs. Volkswagen 
said on Friday that it would spend upwards of $40 billion to expand its EV push, as well as build out its autonomous driving capabilities. The sum is much bigger than its previous plan. “With the planning round now approved, we are laying the foundation for making Volkswagen the world’s No. 1 player in electric mobility by 2025,” CEO Matthias Mueller told a press conference. Meanwhile, BMW said it would switch to 100 percent renewable energy for its operations by 2020, up from 63 percent last year.

Keystone XL approved…with caveats. Nebraska regulators gave the greenlight to the Keystone XL pipeline, removing one of the last barriers for the decade-old proposal. However, Nebraskan officials approved an alternative route, not TransCanada’s (NYSE: TRP) preferred route. That means that there could be new litigation that stands in the way of construction. Environmental groups argue that the alternative route has not yet been vetted.

Oil majors push high-tech engine oil to rescue internal combustion engine. As some automakers shift aggressively towards electric vehicles, the oil majors are spending heavily to keep the internal combustion engine alive. The WSJ 
reports that ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM)Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) and BP (NYSE: BP) are seeking to develop the next generation of engine lubricants, which could help boost fuel efficiency, allowing gasoline-fueled vehicles to compete.

U.S. gasoline demand spikes to record high. U.S. gasoline consumption hit a record high for the month of October, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Total deliveries of petroleum products hit 19.9 mb/d in October, 1.1 percent higher than a year ago. Gasoline demand averaged 9.3 mb/d.

BNEF: $103 billion in spending on energy storage between 2016 and 2030. A new
report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds that the global energy storage market will double six times by 2030, a similar trajectory that the solar market experienced between 2000 and 2015. Total spending will reach $103 billion over that timeframe.

Hedge funds pare bullish bets ahead of OPEC meeting. Hedge funds and other money managers had built up a record level of bullish bets on crude futures, a buying spree that appears to have stalled as oil prices faltered. In the most recent week for data is available, money managers trimmed their net-length positions on Brent, a sing of a potential shift in investors sentiment. The buying looks overdone, and the danger is that anything other than strong resolve from OPEC to extend its cuts through next year could mean an unraveling of the speculative positions. "We’re at levels where the market appears to have crested," Gene McGillian, a market research manager at Tradition Energy told 
Bloomberg. "Continuing to see supply draw-downs is probably what the next leg of the rally will be predicated on."

Volatile Iraqi oil production complicates OPEC efforts. Iraq has consistently flouted its agreed upon production limit this year, posting less-than-impressive compliance rates. But production plunged by 120,000 bpd in October, pushing output below its production ceiling for the first time this year. The seesawing of output clouds the calculations for OPEC ahead of its meeting, particularly with volatile output in Nigeria and Libya. Still,
Bloomberg notes that Iraq is intent on boosting output to 5 million barrels per day, well above its limit, if it can.

EV sales surge, led by China. Global electric car sales 
surged to a record high in the third quarter, with China driving much of the growth. EV sales hit 287,000 in the third quarter of 2017, up 63 percent from a year earlier and also up 23 percent from the second quarter. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that global EV sales will top 1 million for the first time this year.

Rosneft to supply Chinese partner with oil, strengthening ties. Russia’s state-run oil company Rosneft has 
agreed to supply China’s CEFC with 244,000 bpd for the next five years, strengthening ties between Moscow and Beijing. CEFC is also in the process of acquiring a 14.16 percent stake in Rosneft, a deal worth about $9.1 billion. The relationship is mutually beneficial – Russia needs to sell energy to China and China needs access to energy to fuel its economy.

Natural gas glut could crimp Permian production. Permian shale drillers are running out of places to put all of the natural gas coming out of their wells. Gas is produced as a byproduct of oil drilling, but the pipeline network in Texas is full, reports the 
WSJ. Natural gas spot prices have cratered, which is a boon for utilities in the region that burn gas for electricity. But it could force shale drillers to cap their wells, which could put a dent in oil production. 



#US issues travel warning to citizens against travel to #SaudiArabia

DUBAI (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Tuesday warned citizens to “consider the risks” when traveling to Saudi Arabia due to militant threats and the threat of ballistic missile attacks on civilians by rebels in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud attends the opening ceremony of the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Nicolas Asfonri/Pool

The warning comes two weeks after U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia said it had shot down a ballistic missile fired by Iran-aligned Houthis from Yemen towards the Saudi capital Riyadh. The missile, which the Houthis said was in response to Saudi-led air strikes on civilians in Yemen, was shot down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties.

“Terrorist threats persist throughout Saudi Arabia, including in major cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dhahran, and attacks can occur without warning anywhere in the country,” the State Department said in the warning, which was also posted on the U.S. embassy’s website.

“Terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its affiliates have targeted both Saudi and Western government interests, mosques and other religious sites (both Sunni and Shia), and places frequented by U.S. citizens and other Westerners,” it added.

In October, two Saudi guards were shot dead and three others injured when a gunman drove up to the gate of the royal palace in the Red Sea city of Jeddah and opened fire.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Arab states that intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis marched on the interim headquarters of the internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the southern port of Aden, forcing him to flee.