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!
President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi and the Directorate of Intelligence (DIS) came under the lens of the United Nations Human Rights Committee during the just ended dialogue between committee members and the Botswana delegation.
Scores of issues, among them the country’s reports on topics including whether Masisi abused the State of Emergency Act during the COVID-19 pandemic and alleged surveillance and harassment of members of the public by DIS, were addressed at the session.
A Committee expert asked about legislation in the Penal Code allowing the Government to investigate people who expressed opinions against public figures, particularly the President. How many cases were there of journalists who had been investigated, prosecuted and tried? Concerning the COVID-19 Emergency Powers Act, there was a provision for a fine or a five-year jail term for journalists using “source(s) other than the Director of Health Services or the World Health Organization” when reporting on COVID-19. The Committee Expert asked for the number of cases and other measures taken under this Act.
Another committee expert wanted to know that the scale and scope of electronic surveillance, which had sharply increased in recent years, was concerning. Furthermore, the Committee was troubled at the lack of a sufficient independent oversight mechanism over the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services that reportedly had contributed to a growing climate of fear and chilling effect on journalists, human rights defenders and opposition politicians. In this respect, a Committee Expert asked about the measures taken by Botswana during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the right to privacy was protected (collection and management of personal data).
The Expert also enquired about a database website, which was not functioning but was supposed to contain documents of Botswana’s international human rights commitments. In terms of the freedom of assembly, while the Constitution of the State party guaranteed it, the Committee had received information that, in practice, the Public Order Act required citizens to apply to the nearest police for a permit to hold an assembly, and police had sometimes denied requests for unclear reasons.
The Committee Expert asked if the Public Order Act of the State party had been applied in conformity with those tests. Would the State party indicate the measures it had taken and/or intended to take to make the application of the law in question strictly compatible with the requirements under article 21? Furthermore, the Committee had also received allegations that police officers sometimes used force to compel gathering people to disperse. In this regard, the Expert asked for information on legal provisions and practical guidelines under which police officers may resort to force and any training programme if any, for police and other law enforcement officers to respect and ensure the right of peaceful assembly.
A Committee Expert asked about cases of holding people for longer periods under pre-trial detention than the maximum period provided for in legislation, 36 months, instead of six. Were there any plans to shorten the duration of pre-trial detention in legislation? The Committee noted that there was no provision for local community broadcasting. What measures were the State party taking to ensure that the local communities could also communicate in their language in the media?
What measures had been undertaken by Botswana to increase sustainable development in the country regarding climate change in particular. What efforts had been undertaken to ensure that customary courts worked up to speed? A Committee Expert asked about children in rural areas who travelled a long way to their schools. The delegation was asked about the independence of the Ombudsman Office, including provisions for appointing the Ombudsman. What budget was envisaged for this Office?
The Expert acknowledged the established procedures and institutions for anti-human trafficking but expressed concerns about the lack of reported cases. The Expert asked about the accountability of the public prosecution, as well as the intelligence services. Replying, the Botswana delegation, led by Presidential Minister Kabo Morwaeng, said there was an ongoing consultation for revising provisions that would ensure better protection for journalists and media freedom in Botswana.
Still, the delegation said, freedom of expression was assured in the State party without any restrictions, including in Parliament. There was an education programme providing the opportunity for children in primary school to be taught in their mother tongue. It also explained that the Ombudsman would be dealing with issues of human rights promotion and protection.
“National policies and procedures were envisaged to control the distribution of natural resources. Botswana was also taking measures to increase the access of minority groups to education. Regarding pre-trial detention, the delegation explained that the criminal procedure assured justice was preserved in the country,” said the delegation.
On the issue of torturer and alleged use of unreasonable force on suspects, the Botswana delegation explained that police officers were trained to use minimal force, ensuring that human rights were preserved, including in the cases of assemblies. On the use of surveillance, no legal provisions were breached, and such measures were used in accordance with national legislation. Legal aid was very costly, and it was not possible to keep the record in detail as asked by the Committee.
Morwaeng told the Committee that the Government maintained a robust consultative approach to policy development and legislative process. He said this was a system of governance that ensured that the voices of ordinary citizens were respected and taken into account in the social, economic and political process that affected them the most, giving full effect to the full enjoyment of human rights across the board. The delegation took due note of the views of the Committee, including the importance of harnessing information technology to give a broader appreciation of the provisions of the Covenant.
The P1 billion water project launched by President Dr vMokgweetsi Masisi this week is said to be critical to the success of key projects planned in Lobatse – the Lobatse Milk Afric and Leather Park. After commissioning the multi-million Pula Masama-Mmamashia water project last week following its completion, on Thursday, Masisi performed ground-breaking ceremony of yet another major water project, the Lobatse Water Supply Master Plan (LWSMP1).
The water project was conceptualized in 2009 to address water shortage in areas along the Greater Gaborone zone. These areas include Ramotswa, Otse, Mogobane, Mankgodi, Manyana, Goodhope, Lekgolobotlo, Mmathethe, Molapowabojang and villages surrounding. It was said that some major upcoming projects in Lobatse such as Lobatse Leather Park, Milk Afric and the Pioneer Border Gate are dependent on the success of this project, in order for them to take off and operate effectively. The two projects have been struggling to take-off despite government having put the necessary resources.
The Lobatse Leather Park is anticipated to create about 4700 jobs at the initial stage and 7000 jobs at full capacity. The project entails the development of a complex for different tanneries with the support of state-owned beef company, Botswana Meat Commission. It will comprise primary infrastructure such as a common effluent treatment plant, sewage treatment plant, and others.
When operational, the park is expected to supply the private sector with hides and skins, raw to finished leather tanneries, and the manufacturing of different leather products. These products include shoes, belts, jackets, and others, thereby playing an instrumental role in stimulating economic activity. Leather Beneficiation Park is seen as important for the leather industry as it would ensure that Botswana moves from exporting raw leather to finished leather goods. It is said research has established that there are plenty of hides and skins in the country from the three million cattle and 1.8 million goats.
Meanwhile, Milk Afric dairy farm project which was expected to be complete by the second half of 2018, is in the wilderness after the initial partnership between Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) and Milk Afric failed to bear fruits. BDC has been searching for a new partner for the project. Once fully operational, the farm will produce a total of 21.9 million litres or one third of the national milk demand, which is 65 million litres a year. At present, Botswana imports over 58.8 million litres from South Africa at a cost of P345 million annually.
The P120 million project is a Public Private Partnership deal between Lobatse Town Council (LTC), with 10 percent shareholding through leasing its 1375.4 ha farm for 25 years; and 26 percent (P40 million) by Botswana Development Corporation (BDC). When speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony held in Ramotswa, Masisi said, in addition to improving the water supply for domestic needs and livelihoods, this infrastructural development will facilitate major projects in the Lobatse region, which are critical to the ailing, old town.
“Our objective as a country is to align developments with the National Vision 2036 Pillar 3 on Sustainable Development, which recognizes water as a very scarce resource which requires strategic management by key players.” Botswana is a developing country with an increasing population, Masisi said, adding that an increase in population naturally causes exponential growth in the demand for water. This is a reality that Botswana is faced with and challenged to address for sustainable water supply, the President said.
He indicated that this is why they are continuously witnessing major water projects undertaken by government, in collaboration with key partners. “Gaborone and surrounding areas have been experiencing an acute water supply deficit due to infrastructure that has outlived its potential to meet the growing demand for water by citizens. This particular project entails the construction of a Pump Station at Forest Hill in Gaborone, a 57 kilometre pipeline from Gaborone to Lobatse and a new Northern reservoir.”
The project, awarded China State Construction and Engineering Corporation/Van and Truck Hire Joint Venture at over P1 billion, is currently at 49% of its completion stage. There are 637 jobs created by this water project. “The transmission pipeline will convey 63 million litres of water a day from Gaborone to Lobatse. This is a great improvement compared to an average supply of 14 million litres of water that has been supplied to Lobatse, Borolong and surrounding areas,” Masisi said.
The United Nations Committee on Human Rights has taken Botswana to task over what it considers to be discrimination laws against lesbians and gays and delay in prosecuting suspects in the infamous Sebina defilement case. The Botswana delegation led by Presidential Minister Kabo Morwaeng found itself against the wall before the United Nations Human Rights Committee of experts in Geneva, Switzerland.
First to take Botswana head-on was the UN Committee member, C SOH, who noted that the recent ruling of the High Court pays particular attention to the penal code penalising same-sex sexual conduct as it found that it infringed on the constitutional rights, dignity, liberty and privacy of the LGBTI persons (lesbians and gays). “Nonetheless, I note with deep concern that those discriminatory provisions of the of the penal code remain in effect and regrettably the government stated in its periodic review before deciding whether or not to repeal section 164 it would still await the final determination of the court of appeal in the case of Motshidiemang vs State,” said Soh.
According to Soh, “This statement makes us cast doubt on the will of the government to vigorously” strike out section 164, which criminalises sex between people of the same sex. “In this respect, I would like to ask the delegation to explain what the intended goal by the government was when it filed an appeal against the unconstitutionality ruling of the High Court,” he said. Soh said the Botswana Government had also explained that no persons had been convicted under this provision, section 164, ever since the penal code was enacted.
“However, media reports indicate that in August 2016, the government of a Gaborone Magistrate Court sentenced a man three years in prison who had been charged and convicted under section 164 for engaging in unnatural acts. Can the delegation explain these discrepancies relating to persons who have been convicted and sentenced under section 164 of the penal code,” he said. He also wanted the Botswana delegation to explain how the government addresses how customary courts have been discriminating against LGBTI persons.
Another member of the UN Committee, Duncan Muhumuza, expressed concern that the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has taken more than four years to prosecute suspects in the Sebina saga in which a councillor was alleged to have slept with a student who was also a minor. Replying to concerns raised by the UN experts, Mogakolodi Segwagwa, chief state counsel at the Attorney General Chambers, noted that one of the UN committee members has “become fearful that the fact that government appealed the case could be a sign that there is lack of will or doubt on the part of the government as to abolishing or outlawing of same-sex relations.”
“But I would like to assure the panel that Botswana has over the years proved itself at all times to be compliant with court orders. There are many examples I could put forward where the government had to make sure that court orders were executed. That is the assurance I can give out to the committee,” said Segwagwa. He said there was a good reason for appealing the decision of the High Court in which it outlawed section 164.
“This was a High Court decision, and as you know in our jurisdiction when a judge is at the same court with his brothers and his sisters and fellow judges, whatever decision he puts out so far as that particular court is concerned, it is not law because it is not binding on his fellow brothers and sisters and it is not binding on fellow judges,” explained Segwagwa. He added that “It is merely persuasive so much so that some other judges may choose to when a similar case comes before him or her, depart and ignore the position that that particular judge espoused, and he or she can do so with ease.”
Segwagwa further explained that “There was a very pressing need for this matter to be appealed to the Court of Appeal for purposes of crystalising the law and for purposes of ensuring that if there is any aspect of the law that the High Court had overlooked in arriving at this particular decision, then such an aspect can be taken into consideration by the Court of Appeal.” “So we are waiting for that judgement, and once it comes, it will be implemented. I take it that the committee would like the Court of Appeal to uphold the decision below and strike out this particular section.”
He assured the UN experts that when the High Court struck out section 164 in 2019, the country did not erupt into violence, adding that this was an “indication that we don’t have anything against people of LGBT. They are our brothers and sisters, and we co-exist with them.” Regarding the Sebina saga, Segwagwa said the painful case “where this councillor was said to have had sexual intercourse with a child is the police dealt with a matter as it is the law and we all know that the police are bound by their Act to do so without fear and prejudice.”
He said Upon completion of their investigation, “the matter was handed over to the prosecuting authority, as Mr Muhumuza had indicated, it has been four years and we concede that four years is a long time and that it is unreasonably a long time and that it defeats the whole adage that justice should be sweetest and freshest so much so that the case needed to be speeded along.”
He added that “But the problem we have which is not a problem in the sense of it being a problem, but the impediment we have in the sense that the Constitution created the Office of the Director of Prosecutions under section 51 subsection A and if you go to that particular section and you read subsection six, the director shall not be subjected to the control of another authority.”
Segwagwa said, “this is the section that was inserted in this constitution to safeguard the independence of the Director of DPP to ensure that he or she prosecutes matters without fear, favour and prejudice and it presents impediment where we can’t try and say to the DPP, go and register or indicate your position now, tomorrow or next year and that is why it has taken all this time, but we believe attempts are being made that it finds its way to the court.”