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41, 43, And Now 45?

NO BUSH MECHANICS THESE: Bush Sr, W, and new kid on the block Jeb Bush. The US presidency, seemingly, is now a virtual birthright for these bogus Americans.


“I John Ellis Bush do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So Help me God.” – January 20 2017

In January 2013, I did a piece headed “BUSH SR MUST HANG” as the eighth instalment of the JFK Series under my weekly column This Earth My Brother.


Of the succession of men who have strutted the Oval Office from Harrison Truman (1945-1953) to the incumbent Barack Obama, I wrote: “Barack Obama is a time-out interlude, holding fort for the next neo-Nazi President, one of either John Ellis Bush (Jeb) or his son George P Bush, one of whom takes over from Barack in 2017. That’s how the cycle runs folks.”    


At the time I asserted so, Jeb Bush was yet to signal he was contemplating the highest office in the land. He had in fact hitherto parried suggestions to the effect that he might make a bid in that direction. Thankfully, I’m not American and so I wasn’t fooled. I knew he was going to run because he was destined to be America’s 45th President. So when on December 16 last year he for the first time expressly made known that he was exploring the possibility of a tilt at the presidency, I was not roused though naturally I was revolted. It did not help my sense of disgust that in the ensuing delirium of snap opinion polls, Jeb shot right to the top of potential GOP candidates by margins of at least 10 points to the good.  


When it comes to the pinch, however, Jeb has the resolute Hilary Clinton to contend with as she is convinced she was fated to be America’s first breasted president. In a head-to-head popularity match-up with the former First Lady, Jeb trails by a numerologically foreboding 13 points according to one authoritative survey. But Democrats need not lick their chops: Hilary is simply a mock contender meant to give the impression that the US presidency is not a coronation but a do or die, blow for blow contest. If I were a Yankee, I would not fixate myself on the talking heads whilst they spew forth the Gallup stats but would instead direct my gaze up the stars. In there, it is written, in black and white, that on January 20 2017, Chief Justice John Glover Roberts will administer the Oath of Presidential Office not to Hilary Rodham Clinton but to John Ellis Bush.  Of that I swear by John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Of course you are wondering why I can be so definite in my prognosis.
Let me explain why.


A SHAM OF A DEMOCRACY


First, let me dispel  two deeply ingrained myths about the US. The one is that “God’s own country” is a democracy. It is not. America has never been a democracy from the day it was founded. The word democracy does not feature both in the Declaration of  Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States of America (1789).  The Founding Fathers were skeptical of and anxious about democracy. Let us listen to just one  of their ilk called James Madison: “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths”.  The setup the Founding Fathers envisaged from the word go was a republic dressed as a democracy and there is a difference. Madison again: “By a republic  I mean a government in which a scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking.”


A republic is a scheme and I need not explain that as it is self-explanatory. Since the powers that be in the US frowns upon democracy, they devised a way with which  to circumvent it  in decision-making once in a while. This was in the form of Executive Orders, which are issued by the President and have the force of law although they are not subject to Congressional approval.  A sample of the tally of Executive Orders per presidential tenure goes thus: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 3522; Ike, 484; George W Bush, 291; Barack Obama to date, 194. The closest we have to Executive Orders in Botswana are Presidential Directives. In Kenneth Kaunda’s Zambia, Executive orders took the form of Statutory Instruments and believe you me “Super Ken” pronounced them forth with a flourish.


Another very mistaken belief is that US Presidents are elected. Far from being elected, they are actually selected and typically decades before they trumpet their candidature. The anointing is done by frontmen of the Military-Industrial Complex at the behest of the Jesuit-General.  For instance, very few people are aware that Obama was tipped to be future President whilst he was studying at Columba University at age 20/21. The news was broken to him  by Democratic Party  Tsar Zbigniew Brzezinski. and Republican Party fiend Henry Kissinger, presently two of the few Methuselah’s of American politics. Whereas in public  the projected impression is that of two cutthroat opposition parties furiously at odds with each other, in reality the two are actually joined at the hip – what I call opposames.  


By the same token, when Bill Clinton stepped forward to feature in the Democratic primaries and later on challenged incumbent President George H W Bush, he wasn’t simply a former and undistinguished governor of Arkansas. He had long been prepped as the guy who was going to either  take over from Bush Sr  or  dislodge him if  he somehow rubbed the Cabal – courtesy of  Winston Churchill – the wrong way.  Indeed on pages 184-185 of  her book  Access Denied, Cathy O’ Brien, who was a mind-controlled slave of America’s high and mighty, writes that in 1984, she heard Bush Sr tell Clinton that “when the American people become disillusioned with Republicans leading them into the New World Order, you as a Democrat will be put into place.”  Clinton ascended to the presidency in 1993, almost ten years since the “prize” was promised him. The fact that the elections that catapulted him to power were a charade is partly attested by the absurdity (which the shockingly gullible American populace took lying down) of  Bush Sr’s and Clinton’s  campaign managers, namely   James Carville and Mary Matlin respectively, being husband and wife! Of course to the Illuminati this was no big deal as in the grand scheme of things the couple served masters who were simply two sides of the same Mephistophelean coin.

MOST POWERFUL PRESIDENT

If I were to ask you as to who was the most powerful American President ever, you would in all likelihood strain to venture a response particularly that being the “archetypal democracy”, America has never had a Stalin or a Mao. Well, this will probably take you aback:  America’s most powerful President ever was George HW Bush. When he became President in 1989, that was not the first time he had ruled America. Of the Presidents who were in office from JFK to George W, the only one on whom Bush Sr had no sway was Jimmy Carter. The rest dutifully answered to Bush, including the “Democrat” Bill Clinton. It was actually worse with Bill Clinton because he owed his turn at the presidency to Bush himself.

Writes Cathy O’ Brien in Access Denied: “In 1984,  I was at the Swiss Villa Ampitheatre in Lampe, Missouri, when Bush and Clinton were talking about their New World Order. Bush was really pleased with  how well Clinton’s Mena cocaine operation was funding the New World Order effort and he assured Clinton he would be rewarded politically”. It was Bush Sr,   folks,  who positioned Bill Clinton in line for presidential office. Bush Sr was meant to serve two terms but he made the mistake of upsetting the Jews when he withheld the US’s paternalistic and routine monetary assistance to the Israeli government subject to conditions Israel considered unpalatable. The 1989 elections were meant to be simply a dress rehearsal for Bill Clinton as he was ideally “scripted” to take occupancy of the Oval Office in 1997. Thus alienated by Bush Sr, the highly influential and moneyed Jewish lobby nipped his presidency in the bud prematurely by dramatically propelling Clinton to office. After a whole life time of being so loyal to the Illuminati cause, Bush was as stunned as he was gutted.    

In regard to the other Presidents before Obama, Bush Sr was their line manager save for Carter. For instance, Bush Sr had an office next door to Richard Nixon’s so that he could barge in any time he saw fit  and bark instructions at him.  When Clinton was President, Cathy O’ Brien wrote in a subsequent edition of her other book, Tranceformation of America, that  “Clinton poses no more leadership or loyalty to our country than Ronald Reagan did since both follow (ed)  New World Order directives from former UN Ambassador and CIA Director George Bush”. As for his own son W, Bush Sr  controlled him by proxy, through Vice President Dick Cheney. At one time, when Cheney reported to Bush Sr that W was being a shade intransigent on an  issue, Bush Sr picked up a phone to directly ram sense into his son and father and son had a tiff which ended in W curtly hanging up on the old man.   

THE JFK BENEDICTION

If you are wondering why Bush Sr has been able to wield such political power for such an inordinately long time, then you didn’t read my JFK Series. To begin with, the Bushes, as I demonstrated in the series, are not Americans: they are Nazis. They were transplanted from Germany at the fall of the Third Reich to come and assume covert hegemony over the US. That Bush Sr was one of the founders of the CIA in the 1940s was not coincidental. All US Presidents to date save for Carter, Clinton, and Obama have been either Nazis proper or Nazi Chester Missings.

Although Bush Sr was promised the presidency half a century ago, this was not solely on account of his Nazi antecedents: it crucially had to do with the role he played in the JFK assassination. We now know that it was he who carried out on-scene supervision of the assassination at Dealey Plaza and was even arrested shortly thereafter but was freed when it was realised that he was one of the country’s untouchables. All the prime movers in the JFK assassination with demonstrable political pedigrees were promised the presidency. Besides Bush Sr, they included Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon,  Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan. Indeed, W is on record as having repeatedly boasted to his friends whilst in high school that his father was going to be President some day. Barbara Bush too took special pleasure in telling her friends in hushed tones that she was a First Lady in waiting.

Yet Bush was content not only to be President in his own right. The privilege had to extend to his brood. Just like Joseph   Kennedy created a powerful political dynasty,  Bush Sr also was determined to mould his own that in the fullness of time would even eclipse the Kennedys. One way he ensured this came to pass was to engineer the 1999 aerial demise of JFK Jr, who was not only tipped to be the future President by the drooling body politic but had indicated to close friends and kith and kin that he did indeed have presidential designs.   

Meanwhile, the Bush boys had long been told they were headed for No. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Writes Cathy O’Brien in Access Denied of a conversation she conducted in 1992: “I did see Bush Jr being conditioned and trained for the role of President at the Mount Shasta, California military programming compound in 1986. He is not very bright though, so I don’t know how they could possibly prop him up.”  Before each became President, he first of all had to gain experience in the exercise of political power at the level of state governor. As such, W was maneuvered to become governor of Texas in 1995 and Jeb governor of Florida in 1999, both prestigious and preeminent gubernatorial perches.


Thus far, America has had two Bush presidencies, the 41st and 43rd. The 45th was preordained and it comes to pass in January 2017. Will that be the end of the Bush scrum? Far from it. On January 2nd this very year, a Bush took the oath of office as Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. It is just a matter of time before he makes  a bid for governorship. Before long, we will be calling him President George Prescott Bush, the grandson of former President George H W Bush, the son of former President Jeb Bush, and the nephew of former President George W Bush.


No: the dynasty will live on, probably till Kingdom come. So trust me folks, 47 is on the way!

 

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Jackdish Shah loses interest in BDP

17th May 2022
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As the preparations for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) congress are about to kick off, reports on the ground suggest that the party’s Deputy Treasurer Jackdish Shah will not defend the position in August as he contemplates relocation.

According to sources, the businessman who joined the BDP Central Committee in 2015 at the 36th Congress held in Mmadinare is ready to leave the party’s politburo. It is said he long made up his mind not to defend the position last year. A prominent businessman, Shah, when he won the position to assist Satar Dada in 2015 was expected to improve the party’s financial vibrancy. By then the party was under the leadership of Ian Khama.

According to close sources, Shah long decided not to contest because he has fallen out of favour with the party leadership. It is said he took the decision after some prominent businessmen who are BDP members and part of football syndicate decided to push him out and they used their proximity to President Mokgweetsi Masisi to badmouth him hence the decision.

“The fight at the Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Botswana Football League (BFL) has left him alone in the desert and some faces there used their close access to the President to isolate him,” said a source. Media reports say, Shah does not see eye to eye with BFA President MacLean Letshwiti who is also Masisi’s buddy hence the decision.

BFL Chairman Nicholas Zackhem is said to be not in good terms with Shah, who at one point Chaired the then Botswana Premier League (BPL). “He is seriously considering quitting because of what is unfolding at the team (Township Rollers) which is slowly not making financial gains and might be relegated and he wants to sell while it is still worth the investment,” said a highly placed source.

Shah is a renowned businessman who runs internet providing company Zebra net, H &G, game farm in Kasane, cattle farm in Ghanzi region and lot of properties in Gaborone. He also has two hotels in USA, his advisors have given him thumbs up on the possible decision of relocating provided he does not sell some of the investments that are doing well.

Asked about whether he will be contesting Shah could not confirm nor deny the reports. It is said for now it is too early as a public decision will have to be taken after the national council meeting and prior to the national congress. “As a BDP Central Committee member he cannot make that announcement now,” a BDP source said.

BDP is expected to assemble for the National Council during the July holidays while the National Congress is billed for August. It is then that the party will elect a new CC members. The last time BDP held elective congress was at Kang in 2019. The party is yet to issue writ.

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Govt ignores own agreements to improve public service

17th May 2022
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The government has failed to implement some commitments and agreements that it had entered into with unions to improve conditions of public servants.

Three years after the government and public made commitments aimed at improving conditions of work and services it has emerged that the government has ignored and failed to implement all commitments on conditions of service emanating from the 2019 round of negotiations.

In its position paper that saw public service salaries being increased by 5%, the government the government has also signalled its intention to renege on some of the commitments it had made.
“Government aspires to look into all outstanding issues contained in the Labour Agreement signed between the Employer and recognised Trade Union on the 27th August 2019 and that it be reviewed, revised and delinked by both Parties with a view to agree on those whose implementation that can be realistically executed during the financial years 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 respectively,” the government said.

Furthermore, in addition to reviewing, revising and de-linking of the outstanding issues contained in the Collective Labour Agreement alluded to above and taking on a progressive proposal, government desires to review revise, develop and implement human resource policies as listed below during the financial year 2022/23,2023/24,2024/25

They include selection and appointment policy, learning and development policy, transfer guidelines, conditions of service, permanent and pensionable, temporary and part time, Foreign Service, expatriate and disciplinary procedures.

In their proposal paper, the unions which had proposed an 11 percent salary increase but eventually settled for 5% percent indicated that the government has not, and without explanation, acted on some of the key commitments from the 2019/2020 and 2021/22 round of negotiations.  The essential elements of these commitments include among others the remuneration Policy for the Public Service.

The paper states that a Remuneration Policy will be developed to inform decision making on remuneration in the Public Service. It is envisaged that consultations between the government and relevant key stakeholders on the policy was to start on 1st September 2019, and the development of the policy should be concluded by 30th June 2020.

The public sector unions said the Remuneration Policy is yet to be developed. The Cooperating Unions suggested that the process should commence without delay and that it should be as participatory as it was originally conceived. Another agreement relate to Medical Aid Contribution for employees on salary Grades A and B.

The employer contribution towards medical aid for employees on salary Grades A and B will be increased from 50% to 80% for the Standard Option of the Botswana Public
“Officers’ Medical Aid Scheme effective 1st October 2019; the cooperating unions insist that, in fulfilling this commitment, there should be no discrimination between those on the high benefit and those on the medium benefit plan,” the unions proposal paper says.

Another agreement involves the standardisation of gratuities across the Public Service. “Gratuities for all employees on fixed term contracts of 12 months but not exceeding 5 years, including former Industrial class employees be standardized at 30% across the Public Service in order to remove the existing inequalities and secure long-term financial security for Public Service Employees at lower grades with immediate effect,” the paper states.

The other agreement signed by the public sector unions and the government was the development of fan-shaped Salary Structure. The paper says the Public Service will adopt a best practice fan-shaped and overlapping structure, with modification to suit the Botswana context. The Parties (government and unions) to this agreement will jointly agree on the ranges of salary grades to allow for employees’ progression without a promotion to the available position on the next management level.

“The fan-shaped structure is envisaged to be in place by 1st June 2020, to enable factoring into the budgetary cycle for the financial year 2021/22,” the unions’ proposal paper states. It says the following steps are critical, capacity building of key stakeholders (September – December 2019), commission remuneration market survey (3 months from September to November 2019), design of the fan-shaped structure (2 to 3 months from January to March2020) and consultations with all key stakeholders (March to April 2020).

The unions and government had also signed an agreement on performance management and development: A rigorous performance management and reward system based on a 5-point rating system will be adopted as an integral part of the operationalization of the new Remuneration System.

Performance Management and Development (PMD) will be used to reward workers based on performance. The review of the Performance Management System was to be undertaken in order to close the gaps identified by PEMANDU and other previous reports on PMS between 1st September 2019 and 30th June 2020 as follows; internal process to update and revise the current Performance Management System by January 2020.

A job evaluation exercise in the Public Service will also be undertaken to among others establish internal equity, and will also cover the grading of all supervisory positions within the Public Service.
Another agreement included overtime Management. The Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) was to facilitate the conclusion of consultations on management of overtime, including consideration of the Overtime Management Task Team’s report on the same by 30th November 2019.

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Health Expert rejects ‘death rates’ links to low population growth

17th May 2022
Health-Expert

A public health expert, Dr Edward Maganu who is also the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health has said that unlike many who are expressing shock at the population census growth decline results, he is not, because the 2022 results represents his expectations.

He rushed to dismiss the position by Statistics Botswana in which thy partly attributes the low growth rates to mortality rates for the past ten years. “I don’t think there is any undercounting. I also don’t think death rates have much to do with it since the excessive deaths from HIV/AIDS have been controlled by ARVs and our life expectancy isn’t lower than it was in the 1990s,” he said in an interview with this publication post the release of the results.

Preliminary results released by Statistics Botswana this week indicated that Botswana’s population is now estimated to be 2,346,179 – a figure that the state owned data agency expressed worry over saying it’s below their projected growth. The general decline in the population growth rate is attributed to ‘fertility’ and ‘mortality’ rates that the country registered on the past ten years since the last census in 2011.

Maganu explained that with an enlightened or educated society and the country’s total fertility rate, there was no way the country’s population census was going to match the previous growth rates.
“The results of the census make sense and is exactly what I expected. Our Total Fertility Rate ( the average number of children born to a woman) is now around 2.

This is what happens as society develops and educates its women. The enlightened women don’t want to bear many children, they want to work and earn a living, have free time, and give their few children good care. So, there is no under- counting. Census procedures are standard so that results are comparable between countries.

That is why the UN is involved through UNFPA, the UN Agency responsible for population matters,” said Maganu who is also the former adviser to the World Health Organisation. Maganu ruled out undercounting concerns, “I see a lot of Batswana are worried about the census results. Above is what I have always stated.”

Given the disadvantages that accompany low population for countries, some have suggested that perhaps a time has come for the government to consider population growth policies or incentives, suggestions Maganu deems ineffective.

“It has never worked anywhere. The number of children born to a woman are a very private decision of the woman and the husband in an enlightened society. And as I indicated, the more the women of a society get educated, the higher the tendency to have fewer children. All developed countries have a problem of zero population growth or even negative growth.

The replacement level is regarded as 2 children per woman; once the fertility level falls below that, then the population stops growing. That’s why developed countries are depending so much on immigration,” he said.

According to him, a lot of developing countries that are educating their women are heading there, including ourselves-Botswana. “Countries that have had a policy of encouraging women to have more children have failed dismally. A good example is some countries of Eastern Europe (Romania is a good example) that wanted to grow their populations by rewarding women who had more children. It didn’t work. The number of children is a very private matter,” said Maganu

For those who may be worried about the impact of problems associated with low growth rate, Maganu said: “The challenge is to develop society so that it can take care of its dependency ratio, the children and the aged. In developed countries the ratio of people over 60 years is now more than 20%, ours is still less than 10%.”

The preliminary results show that Mogoditshane with (88,098) is now the biggest village in the country with Maun coming second (85,293) and Molepolole at third position with 74,719. Population growth is associated with many economic advantages because more people leads to greater human capital, higher economic growth, economies of scale, the efficiency of higher population density and the improved demographic structure of society, among many others.

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