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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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Botswana imports in numbers

1st March 2021
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For so many years, Botswana has been trying to be a self-sufficient country that is able to provide its citizens with locally produced food products. Through appropriate collaborations with parastatals such as CEDA, ISPAAD and LEA, government introduced initiatives such as the Horticulture Impact Accelerator Subsidy-IAS and other funding facilities to facilitate horticultural farmers to increase production levels.

Now that COVID-19 took over and disrupted the food value chain across all economies, Botswana government introduced these initiatives to reduce the import bill by enhancing local market and relieve horticultural farmers from loses or impacts associated with the pandemic.

In more concerted efforts to curb these food crises in the country, government extended the ploughing period for the Southern part of Botswana. The extension was due to the late start of rains in the Southern part of the country.

Last week the Ministry of Agriculture extended the ploughing period for the Northern part of the country, mainly because of rains recently experienced in the country. With these decisions taken urgently, government optimizes food security and reliance on local food production.

When pigs fly, Botswana will be able to produce food to feed its people. This is evident by the numbers released by Statistics Botswana on imports recorded in November 2020, on their International Merchandise Trade Statistics for the month under review.

The numbers say Botswana continues to import most of its food from neighbouring South Africa. Not only that, Batswana relies on South Africa to have something to smoke, to drink and even use as machinery.

According to data from Statistics Botswana, the country’s total imports amounted to P6.881 Million. Diamonds contributed to the total imports at 33%, which is equivalent to P2.3 Million. This was followed by food, beverages and tobacco, machinery and electrical equipment which stood at P912 Million and P790 Million respectively.

Most of these commodities were imported from The Southern African Customs Union (SACU). The Union supplied Botswana with imports valued at over P4.8 Million of Botswana’s imports for the month under review (November 2020). The top most imported commodity group from SACU region was food, beverages and tobacco, with a contribution of P864 Million, which is likely to be around 18.1% of the total imports from the region.

Diamonds and fuel, according to these statistics, contributed 16.0%, or P766 Million and 13.5% or P645 Million respectively. Botswana also showed a strong and desperate reliance on neighbouring South Africa for important commodities. Even though the borders between the two countries in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, government took a decision to open border gates for essential services which included the transportation of commodities such as food.

Imports from South Africa recorded in November 2020 stood at P4.615 Million, which accounted for 67.1% of total imports during the month under review. Still from that country, Botswana bought food, beverages and tobacco worth P844 Million (18.3%), diamonds, machinery and fuel worth P758 Million, P601 Million and P562 Million respectively.

Botswana also imported chemicals and rubber products that made a contribution of 11.7% (P542.2 Million) to total imports from South Africa during the month under review, (November 2020).

The European Union also came to Botswana’s rescue in the previous year. Botswana received imports worth P698.3 Million from the EU, accounting for 10.1% of the total imports during the same month. The major group commodity imported from the EU was diamonds, accounting for 86.9% (P606.6 Million), of imports from the Union. Belgium was the major source of imports from the EU, at 8.9% (P609.1 Million) of total imports during the period under review.

Meanwhile, Minister of Finance and Economic Development Thapelo Matsheka says an improvement in exports and commodity prices will drive growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Growth in the region is anticipated to recover modestly to 3.2% in 2021. Matsheka said this when delivering the Annual Budget Speech virtually in Gaborone on the 1st of February 2021.

He said implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), which became operational in January 2021, could reduce the region’s vulnerability to global disruptions, as well as deepen trade and economic integration.

“This could also help boost competition and productivity. Successful implementation of AfCFTA will, of necessity, require Member States to eliminate both tariffs and non-tariff barriers, and generally make it easier to do business and invest across borders.”

Matsheka, who is also a Member of Parliament for Lobatse, an ailing town which houses the struggling biggest meat processing company in the country- Botswana Meat Commission, (BMC), said the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) recognizes the need to prioritize the key processes required for the implementation of the AfCFTA.

“The revised SACU Tariff Offer, which comprises 5,988 product lines with agreed Rules of Origin, representing 77% of the SACU Tariff Book, was submitted to the African Union Commission (AUC) in November 2020. The government is in the process of evaluating the tariff offers of other AfCFTA members prior to ratification, following which Botswana’s participation in AfCFTA will come to effect.”

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Sheila Tlou: On why women don’t get votes

1st March 2021
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Women continue to shadow men in politics – stereotypes such as ‘behind every successful man there is a woman’ cast the notion that women cannot lead. The 2019 general election recorded one of Botswana’s worst performances when it comes to women participation in parliamentary democracy with only three women elected to parliament.

Botswana’s former Minister of Health, Professor Sheila Tlou who is currently the Co-Chair, Global HIV Prevention Coalition & Nursing Now and an HIV, Gender & Human Rights Activist is not amused by the status quo. Tlou attributes this dilemma facing women to a number of factors, which she is convinced influence the voting patterns of Batswana when it comes to women politicians.

Professor Tlou plugs the party level voting systems as the first hindrance that blocks women from ascending to power. According to the former Minister of Health, there is inadequate amount of professionalism due to corrupt internal party structures affecting the voters roll and ultimately leading to voter apathy for those who end up struck off the voters rolls under dubious circumstances.

Tlou also stated that women’s campaigns are often clean; whilst men put to play the ‘politics is dirty metaphor using financial muscle to buy voters into voting for them without taking into consideration their abilities and credibility. The biggest hurdle according to Tlou is the fallacy that ‘Women cannot lead’, which is also perpetuated by other women who discourage people from voting for women.

There are numerous factors put on the table when scrutinizing a woman, she can be either too old, or too young, or her marital status can be used against her. An unmarried woman is labelled as a failure and questioned on how she intends on being a leader when she failed to have a home. The list is endless including slut shaming women who have either been through a divorce or on to their second marriages, Tlou observed.

The only way that voters can be emancipated from this mentality according to Tlou is through a robust voter education campaign tailor made to run continuously and not be left to the eve of elections as it is usually done. She further stated that the current crop of women in parliament must show case their abilities and magnify them – this will help make it clear that they too are worthy of votes.

And to women intending to run for office, Tlou encouraged them not to wait for the eleventh hour to show their interest and rather start in community mobilisation projects as early as possible so that the constituents can get to know them and their abilities prior to the election date.

Youthful Botswana National Front (BNF) leader and feminist, Resego Kgosidintsi blames women’s mentality towards one another which emanates from the fact that women have been socialised from a tender age that they cannot be leaders hence they find it difficult to vote for each other.

Kgosidintsi further states that, “Women do not have enough economic resources to stage effective campaigns. They are deemed as the natural care givers and would rather divert their funds towards raising children and building homes over buying campaign materials.”

Meanwhile, Vice President of the Alliance for Progressives (AP), Wynter Mmolotsi agrees that women’s participation in politics in Botswana remains a challenge. To address this Mmolotsi suggested that there should be constituencies reserved for women candidates only so that the outcome regardless of the party should deliver a woman Member of Parliament.

Mmolotsi further suggested that Botswana should ditch the First Past the Post system of election and opt for the proportional representation where contesting parties will dutifully list able women as their representatives in parliament.

On why women do not get elected, Mmolotsi explained that he had heard first hand from voters that they are reluctant to vote for women since they have limited access to them once they have won; unlike their male counterparts who have proven to be available night or day.

The pre-historic awarding of gender roles relegating women to be pregnant and barefoot at home and the man to be out there fending for the family has disadvantaged women in political and other professional careers.

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SEZA’s P126 million tender heads to court

1st March 2021

Special Economic Zone Authority’s (SEZA) P126 million Master Planning of Pandamatenga Special Economic Zones Business Case, Urban & Landscapes tender is in court after one of bidders, Moralo Design challenged its disqualification from the tender.

SEZA is transforming Pandamatenga into an Agropolis which will combine modern farming with top notch industrial, residential, commercial and recreational land use. The project is measured at 137, 007 ha which comprises of 84, 500 ha for commercial production, 12 400 ha for the subsistence production, 107 ha will be for Agro-processing while 40 000 ha will be for the Zambezi Integrated Agro-commercial Project (ZIACDP).

In their court papers, Moralo Designs, represented by Jones Moitshepi Firm, said they received a letter from SEZA on or around the 12th November 2020 notifying that their bid has been disqualified at the technical evaluation stage of the tender adjudication process.

In their response, Lonely Mogara who is Chief Executive Office of SEZA said Moralo Designs is not entitled to be heard by the court as the company never participated in the disputed tender hence SEZA knows the bidder as Moralo Design Consortium.

“Moralo Designs had failed to establish any right to be heard by the court. The fact that they had submitted a tender was not guarantee that they would be awarded the tender,” he said.
“The reasons for the disqualification of Moralo Design Consortium’s bid were valid and justified because their bid was insufficient as it lacked vital information as required by the terms of reference.”

SEZA Chief said the requirements for the work plan and project programme were clearly stated in the Invitation To Tender (ITT). Moralo Design Consortium was not penalised for non-existent requirements.  In disqualifying the bid by Moralo Designs Consortium, Mogara further indicated that SEZA considered that there was a requirement for a programme and work plan.

“The purported “project programme” that was submitted by Moralo Design Consortium failed to depict the activity durations, activity phasing and interrelations, milestones, delivery dates of reports and logical sequence of activities constituent with methodology and showing a clear understanding of the terms of reference,” said Mogara in responding affidavit.

He said the ITT required that there be provision of delivery dates within the programme hence Moralo Designs Consortium failed to consult with SEZA when they felt that such a requirement would be impossible to provide.  He continued to say there was an avenue available when the tender was being prepared, but they failed to use it.

“Moralo Designs’ application for interim relief lacks merit and only seeks to delay SEZA from completing the evaluation and award of a tender that will serve the greater good of the nation,” said Mogara.

He went on to say Moralo Designs has no prospects of succeeding in its review application as the possibility of court granting the review are so remote in that the court does not possess the requisite technical knowhow on what constitutes an adequate work plan and what ought to be contained in it.

A bidder disqualified for failure to provide adequate information has no right to be protected by the court. Irreparable harm can only be suffered by one who has shown that there exists a right in so far as having stood the chance of being awarded the tender.

The financial benefit likely to be derived by Moralo Designs- which is highly unlikely- is outweighed by the nature of the project. In the unlikely event that the application for review is successful, they can claim for damages.  The availability of such remedy weighs in favour of the interdict being refused. The refusal stands to benefit the nation more than the financial interest that Moralo Designs seeks to protect.

Moralo Designs failed to establish the urgency of their application. They waited for more than a month and half after the disqualification to approach the court on urgency. Meanwhile when delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) last year, President Mokgweetsi Masisi revealed that the detailed design and construction of 12 steel grain silos — with an overall storage capacity of 60 000 metric tonnes — is underway at the Pandamatenga SEZ and the P126 million project will be completed by August 2021.

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