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What Will Jacob Zuma’s Departure Cost SA?

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What are South Africans prepared to sacrifice in order to get rid of President Jacob Zuma?

This question lies at the heart of the current speculation that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is in talks with Zuma about a deal that will allow him to leave with “dignity”. Since this deal is being thrashed out behind close doors, the particulars are still unclear.

If Zuma’s demands are met, South Africans stand to lose a great deal. The deal-striking creates the fundamental question of what entitles Zuma to make any demands at all.

He is clearly not in a position to demand any golden or platinum handshake. But South Africans seem fairly tolerant of Zuma’s audacity in making demands even though he has been thoroughly discredited over the past 12 years.

In its news bulletin on Zuma’s possible exit, Al Jazeera listed many of Zuma’s most publicised transgressions, starting with his 2006 rape case.

I remember South Africans commenting at the time he became president: “He might be president, but he will not be MY president.”

Zuma lacked moral authority and enjoyed only thin legitimacy from early on. Over the years his power has been maintained not by popular legitimacy but through his corrupt networking.

The pervasive corruption most probably compromised the decisions of the members of the ANC national executive committee itself. In most healthy democracies Zuma would have been a dead man walking. In SA he is the ultimate political survivor — the Teflon president who bounces back from any personal or political scandal.

The feverish attempts to strike a deal with Zuma have important implications for SA as a constitutional state that purports to be based on democratic principles such as accountability, respect for the rule of law and human rights.

It is the principle of accountability that distinguishes SA from a dictatorship or an authoritarian regime. It is almost certain that civil society organisations and others in the human rights community will be ready to challenge a deal that is in any way unconstitutional.

If Zuma refuses to leave in the absence of a deal, South Africans are stuck between a rock and a very hard place.

One has to balance the damage to our constitutional values against the damage Zuma will almost inevitably wreak if he stays in office.

One way around this dilemma could have been for the nation and the press to shame the ANC NEC and its unwillingness to remove Zuma. It can be argued that this unwillingness taints the NEC as much as the corrupt government officials exposed in The President’s Keepers.

The principles of transparency and public participation in democratic governance are also relevant. The fact that much of the deal-striking is happening behind closed doors compromises the principle of transparency and excludes the citizenry out of this crucial moment for SA.
It is inevitable that the current deal-striking evokes comparisons with Mugabe’s recent ousting and the accompanying deal-making. The Zimbabwean military’s deal with Mugabe included paying him $10m and a salary for life.

The deal with Zuma is also likely to include an offer of money. In light of our recent corrosive history of corruption, it can be asked whether Zuma should essentially be paid to leave office when he has already looted and bankrupted the country on many levels.

Like Mnangagwa, Ramaphosa has described the cleaning up of corruption as one of his key priorities. SA’s high standing in the international community rapidly evaporated under Zuma.

Because of the deal-striking accompanying Zimbabwe’s transition, it can be argued Mnangagwa did not seize political power with clean hands — and that Ramaphosa looks likely to emulate his behaviour. Ramaphosa’s ability to keep things clean starts with the nature of the current deal.

Ramaphosa and the top brass of the ANC should be careful not to replace corruption with corruption. The Zuma exit package might prove too expensive for SA.
SOURCE: Business live

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Uhuru Kenyatta Orders Top Officials To Take Lie-detector Tests In Corruption Crackdown

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is ordering procurement officials in government offices to undergo lie-detector tests as part of a corruption crackdown following a series of scandals.

Kenyatta’s announcement Friday comes after nearly 9 billion Kenya shillings ( $90 million) vanished from the National Youth Service, a government agency that provides training opportunities for young people.

It later emerged that the funds were allegedly stolen through fake invoices for services that were never rendered. Dozens of people have been arrested and are facing charges over the alleged theft.

Kenyatta said people running government institutions will undergo the new tests to safeguard against “selfishness and greed.”

“All heads of procurement and accounts in government ministries, departments, agencies and parastatals will undergo fresh vetting including polygraph testing, to determine their integrity and suitability,” he said.

The tests will be concluded before the start of the next financial year, and those who fail will be suspended, he said. The government’s financial year starts in July.

“You will hear of other tougher actions in the days to come,” Kenyatta said.

One of Kenyatta’s campaign promises when he was first elected for his first term in 2013 was to tackle corruption, but government agencies have been embroiled in several graft scandals.

“Many fear the procurement of the lie-detectors would itself be scandalous! Corruption is in the DNA of Kenya,” Mohamed Yarrow tweeted.

Kenyatta acknowledged the rampant corruption, describing it as one of the main challenges facing the nation and urging citizens to join him in the fight.

“While the challenge may look huge because of the way corruption has become entrenched in some of our people today, we have to declare in unison that corruption in all its forms will be diminished from our country,” he said.

One of East Africa’s largest economies has had a series of corruption scandals in recent months.

In March, Kenya’s auditor general said the health ministry is missing 11 billion shillings ($108 million), a major concern for a nation that gets numerous funds from international donors.

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ICC Regrets Uganda’s Failure To Arrest Bashir – ICC Adviser

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) based in Hague (Netherland) has today regretted the failure by Uganda to arrest Sudan President Omar Bashir during his recent visit to the country.

Dahirou Sant-Anna, the international Cooperation Adviser in the office of the prosecutor regretted the lack of cooperation from the government of Uganda for refusing to arrest Omar Bashir, the president of the Republic of Sudan, when he stepped on Ugandan soil. He noted that the government was supposed to arrest Bashir because the court has already issued arrest warrants against him.

It’s against this background that he called upon African countries to corporate with the court because its role is to give justice to victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Dahirou also revealed that ICC received a complaint concerning the Kasese killings and its under review.

It should be remembered that a group of Uganda members of parliament from Kasese region led by the Leader of Opposition, who doubles as the Kasese women MP Winnie Kiiza petitioned ICC over the 2016 Kasese massacre.

In other developments, Maria Mabinty Kamara, the ICC Outreach Officer refuted claims by some African leaders under the African Union that the court is only targeting them because they are financially poor and are contributing little to its survival. She said that America and European countries are not the biggest contributors.  She said that its Japan who contribute much to ICC because of the per-capital income of their people. Maria said that a country’s contribution to the court depends its people’s per-capital.

Maria also revealed that in July this year, ICC is going to celebrate 20 years under the theme ‘Building a more just world’. She said that a number of activities are going to take place which will include ICC officials having engagements with other stakeholders like members from Civil Society Organisation (CSO), the Uganda Law Society and LRA victims.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal, established in 1998 in Rome (Italy) that sits in The Hague in the Netherlands. The ICC has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Thus far, 39 individuals have been indicted in the ICC, including Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, and Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba.

It currently has 123-member states which are signatory to it.
By Jamil Lutakome

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SHOCKING PHOTO: Of Catholic Congo Priest Infected With Ebola As Bishops Prays For Him Afar

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A Catholic priest contracted the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid a continuing outbreak that began in the nation earlier this month. The priest, who has been identified as Fr. Lucien Ambunga, – was reportedly infected in the town of Mbandaka.

The clergy was pictured receiving prayers from other the Bishop and priests after being quarantined. Fr. Lucien contracted Ebola while visiting the sick.

Extremely contagious and highly deadly, Ebola gained major international attention during the 2014-2016 epidemic in West Africa that left more than 11,000 people dead.

In the latest outbreak in DRC, the first case of Ebola was reported on May 8 in the rural Equateur province near Bikoro, and later spread to Mbandaka. The World Health Organization has said that the chances of Ebola spreading to other parts of the nation are “very high.”

 

Source: catholicforlife

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