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Alalu Strikes Gold!

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

History is made as ousted daredevil King surmounts impossible odds and lands the life-saving mineral on our planet

As the spaceship-borne, Earth-bound  Alalu sped through space, he was obscured by  the giant planet Jupiter, the Solar System’s largest – it is 1300 times Earth’s size and over 160 times the size of Nibiru, the planet of the Old Testament gods.

“The giant KISHAR, Foremost of the Firm Planets, its size was overwhelming,”    Alalu was later to recall as documented by Enki, the most famous Anunnaki.

The Anunnaki, the race that dwells on Nibiru,   styled Jupiter (KISHAR) as “Foremost of the Firm Planets” and Saturn (ANSHAR) as “Foremost Prince of the Heavens”. In other words, they regarded Saturn as more expansive than Jupiter. How so?  

Well, although Jupiter is 130 times larger than Saturn, the latter occupies a larger space slot because of its picturesque rings, which extend from 6,630 to 120,700 km above its equator.  It is only when rings are not taken into account that Jupiter, which also has rings but are not as pronounced as those of Saturn, upholds its status as the largest planet. Indeed, Jupiter is the largest of firm planets given that the rings are primarily composed of chunks of ice (Saturn’s) and dust (Jupiter’s) and therefore do not constitute firm land. 

Using his powerful, state-of-the-art on-board telescope, Alalu also noted the following about Jupiter: “Swirling storms obscured its face, coloured spots they moved about. A host beyond counting, some slowly, the celestial god encircled. Troublesome were their ways, back and forth they were surging. KISHAR itself a spell was casting, divine lightning it was thrusting.”

What Alalu observed half- a-million years ago modern science came to know only relatively recently – in the 20th century in the main. Alalu talks of  Jupiter’s countless host – its moons. At the last count, Jupiter had 64 moons and many more almost certainly await discovery given that the known moons were not “discovered” at once but over a long period of time.  Alalu also makes mention of Jupiter’s swirling storms. The worldwide web’s most informative encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, says, “Jupiter has powerful storms always accompanied by lightning strikes”, exactly as Alalu put it.  As for coloured spots which were always moving about, we know that Jupiter is awash with red, white and brown spots which indeed are in constant motion like a whirlwind.  

It was not until Jupiter cleared the way that the Sun hove back in view. Alalu winced: the dreaded Asteroid Belt now lurked. “The Hammered Bracelet ahead was beckoning, to demolish it was awaiting”, Alalu reflected with  surging anxiety. Would he survive the ordeal?

The Asteroid Belt was where Anunnaki astronauts came to die. Its gold-endowed boulders were a weapon unto themselves. For a time, no gold prospecting Nibiru team returned home: everybody perished in this unforgiving Iron Curtain of chain-linked rocks.   “Of rocks and boulders was it together hammered, like orphans with no mother,” relates Enki in Zechariah Sitchin’s The Lost Book of  Enki. “Surging back and forth, a bygone destiny they followed … Nibiru’s probing chariots like preying lions they devoured.

The precious gold needed for surviving they refused to dislodge.” (In our day, however, the asteroids are now well-spaced out and spaceships of all sizes can pass through the asteroid barricade with ease.)

The moment the “ferocious boulders” loomed, Alalu’s pilots  pressed a button on the spaceship’s control  panel and unleashed a blitz of “death-dealing missiles”. It worked: Alalu saw a clear path ahead of him through which he coursed at maximum speed. Soon he spied “a red-brown planet on its circuit” – Mars. Then “snow-hued Earth appeared, the seventh in the celestial count. Toward the planet Alalu set his course, to a destination most inviting.”   

Alalu was transfixed by Earth’s ineffable  beauty. It was white at the poles and blue and brown in between, its white clouds swirling alluringly. Without wasting time, he deployed a highly sophisticated device called The Beam That Penetrates to detect the presence of and calibrate gold deposits. He couldn’t believe the readings. “Gold, much gold, the beam has indicated,” he gushed aloud to his pilots.  Gold on Earth abounded both in its seas and somewhere in its crust, particularly in what he called the “dark-hued lands”, that is, the African region. But it was not in Africa that he landed; it was on a marshland of  today’s Iraq, on the edge of the  Persian Gulf. Alalu actually landed awkwardly, in a near-crash but without any danger to his party  or substantial damage to the rocket ship, such was his skill as a pilot.    

“WELCOME TO EARTH, I AM SERPENT… OH GOD!”

How long did Alalu take to reach Earth? Let us consider the question in relation to our own, unmanned space probes as rough benchmarks.

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 to go and investigate the outer planets and beyond. Voyager 1 crossed Pluto’s orbit in 1989, that is, after 12 years. Another interplanetary space probe, New Horizons, was launched in 2006 and overflew Pluto in 2015, that is, in 9 years’ time.  This gives us an average of an Earth-to-Pluto journey of 10.5 years. But Alalu’s journey was inter-stellar, whereby the commonest mode of  propulsion is warp drive,  and therefore the best comparison should be another interstellar flight. What immediately comes to mind in this regard is the secret journey to and from planet Serpo, which was the subject of our Zeta Series.

Serpo is a planet in the Zeta Reticuli star system, about 40 light years away. It is inhabited by a technologically highly advanced but extremely humble serpentine race known as the Ebens.    In 1965, a team comprising of  12 Americans travelled to Serpo and returned in 1978. The journey back home lasted 7 months.  Since Sirius is only 8.7 light years away, Alalu would have taken just under two months to travel from there to Earth or even  quicker if the Sirians of the day had better flight technology than the Ebens presently have.  

Alalu was awed by the environment in which he had landed. It was rich with vegetation and fruit-bearing trees. He thought it felt like an orchard: half-a-million years ago, Iraq was not the desert it is today.   The lush vegetation, however, did not stagger him: it more or less matched the Wolfen planet’s own.

As he tried to cup some water from a pond, he heard a hissing sound and saw a scaly, slithering creature by the poolside. He was already armed with a weapon, which killed by death rays and this he directed at the creature. It died instantly. On examining it closely, he found that it had “a long body like a rope, without hands or feet; fierce eyes were in its small head, out of its mouth a long tongue was sticking”.   Apparently, this was the first time in his life Alalu had seen a snake. Was it the “orchard’s guardian” or the “water’s master”? he wondered to himself. Such cogitation clearly suggests that the Anunnaki too were a shade superstitious.  

Alalu’s killing of the snake on his first day on the planet had eternal ramifications:  from then on, man became the serpent’s worst enemy (snake bites account for 100,000 human deaths every year). Just how do you kill the first sign of life that welcomes you in a new environment? Of course Alalu did so in preemptive defence but he should have been more patient than rash.  The snake was as curious about him as he was about it: it probably had never seen something of his form.

“NIBIRU’S FATE IN MY HANDS”

Alalu was soon fetched by his most trusted confidante who he had long sent to Earth to study its flora and fauna. This was Alalim, his Master Geneticist. Following weeks of acclimatising to the planet, which was going through an Ice Age, Alalu and his team went to work immediately. They set about confirming the presence of gold in the marshlands using an instrument called a Tester.

“Into deeper waters he waded, the Tester into the waters he inserted,” narrates Enki. “Then Alalu’s heartbeat stopped: there is gold in the waters, the Tester was telling! … A cry of triumph from Alalu’s throat emanated: Nibiru’s fate in his hands now was!”

Rushing back into his rocket ship, he turned on a sophisticated orbit detector and communication device and immediately established a link with the Nasa of the Wolfen World in Sirius.

“On another world I am, the gold of salvation I have found,”     he ecstatically and magisterially announced. “The fate of Nibiru is in my hands. To my conditions you must give heed.”

To his listeners, Alalu’s announcement was as alarming as it was exhilarating. The news that he was on a planet in the planetary system of Buida did not exactly surprise King Anu. It was no secret that he had long dispatched Alalim, his fiercest loyalist, there and if  he wanted a veritable place of refuge, that was the most obvious direction to head. Indeed, the Sirian space centre’s engineers confirmed that Alalu’s words were indeed being beamed from well beyond Sirius.

Voice analysis experts also put paid to the thesis that the communicant was possibly an Alien simply playing mind games with the people of Sirius: it was Alalu all right. The displaced King was not only chilling out on snow-hued Earth; he had struck potentially incalculable finds of gold so he said – the precious metal that was so  desperately needed to repair Nibiru’s diminishing atmosphere.

King Anu wasted no time in attending to the matter. He travelled to Nibiru and after marathon consultations with his sons Enki and Enlil, the Jehovah/Yahweh of Old Testament fame, and other sages from across the social spectrum, he got the Nibiru space centre command to send the following message to Alalu forthwith according to Enki’s records:  “Anu, the King, to you his greetings sends; of your well-being to learn he is pleased … If gold for salvation you have indeed discovered, let Nibiru be saved.”

Anu’s words were of course more opportunistic than heartfelt: Alalu was a wanted man in Sirius. People wanted him to answer for his involvement in King Anan’s death. But all that was now a thing of the past. He had struck gold and was now the saviour of planet Nibiru. The stark reality was that it was him who now called the shots.   

Alalu’s reply was blunt and unequivocal.     “If your saviour I am to be, your lives to save, convene the princes to assembly, my ancestry declare supreme. Let the commanders make me their leader, bow to my command! Let the Council pronounce me King, on the throne Anu to replace!”

Alalu wanted to be King of Sirius once more, or at the very least the autonomous King of Nibiru since the ruler of Nibiru was effectively the ruler of the entire Solar System given the supremacy of  that planet. Although the Solar System was legally a property of  the broader Sirian-Orion Empire, Anu was in a bind: he just had to negotiate with Alalu. He and the Queen had decided that they had had enough of wars and in circumstances of conflict diplomacy should take precedence over warfare.  The union of the thrones of Sirius and Orion was intended to engender lasting peace not only between the two star systems but throughout the overarching empire.   

ENKI’S MOTION IS ADOPTED

Exactly how was Alalu to be handled? He had been ejected from the kingship of Sirius yes, but he was at the same time crucial to Nibiru’s survival. Should King Anu put the welfare of the Nibirians as a whole before the glory and trappings of monarchy and hearken to Alalu’s terms? Should he voluntarily step down to make way for the man who himself had extra-legally schemed his ascendancy to the throne? Some of his advisors actually suggested so, but the penultimate opinion was left to Enki and Enlil. Enlil as heir spoke first.

“If Tiamat’s (the original planet between Mars and Jupiter of which Earth and the asteroids were a part) gold he indeed has found, proof of that is needed. Is it for protecting our atmosphere sufficient? How through the Hammered Bracelet to Nibiru can it be brought?”

These concerns were promptly relayed to Alalu. Again Alalu responded timeously.     “Alalu the words’ merit pondered,” relates Enki. “To transmit his secrets he agreed. Of his journey and its perils in truth he an account gave. Of the Tester its crystal innards he removed, from the sample its crystal heart he took out. Into the Speaker he the crystals inserted, all the findings to transmit.”

When the data that Alalu had relayed to Nibiru was analysed, it was a cinch: evidence abounded that gold was indeed aplenty on Earth. Alalu was quick to follow up on this ratification with these words: “Now that proof has been delivered, declare me King, bow to my command!”    

Enlil had already spoken so it was now Enki’s turn. Revered for his seamless knowledge and surpassing wisdom, everybody was at maximum attention when the Sage of Nibiru, the Anunnaki’s greatest intellect, spoke and to the extent where his sibling rival Enlil must have made a wry face.

Enki first traced the history of Sirius  – how the last World War arose, how the peace came to be, how the planet was united under one King, the succession polemics, how Alalu deposed and caused the death of  King Anan, the deal that Alalu and Anu cut for the sake of Sirian peace (which entailed, inter alia, Enki wedding Alalu’s daughter Damkina, with the couple’s firstborn son to be designated next in line to the Sirian-Orion  throne after Enlil), and the ouster of Alalu by Anu. Stressing that the welfare of Nibirians took precedence over anything else, Enki who was also a surpassing mineralogist,    proposed two things: one, that Alalu be formally recognised as King of Earth; and two, that he travel to Earth to formally confirm Alalu into his new status on behalf   the Sirian-Orion monarch as well as to assess the gold situation on the planet and set about excavating it if there were viable deposits.   

“Let me be the one in this conflict unity to bring,” Enki thundered before the assemblage. “Let me Anu’s emissary to Alalu be, let me be the one Alalu’s discoveries to uphold! Let me in a chariot to Earth journey. On Earth, from the waters let me the precious gold obtain; to Nibiru back it will be sent. Let Alalu be King on Earth.”

The princes, the counsellors, the sages, and the commanders were wowed by Enki’s propositions: they all gave their nod. Only Enlil had reservations but there was nothing he could do as King Anu himself subscribed to them too. The message was accordingly transmitted to Alalu, who welcomed it in its entirety. Alalu particularly cooperated because the mediator was Enki, his son-in-law, and somebody who was renowned for his sense of justice and fairness and his pacifist bent overall.
 

NEXT WEEK: ENKI BLASTS OFF

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The IMF paints an even gloomier picture – a shrinkage of the order of 9.6 percent.  That translates to just under $2 billion hived off from the overall economic yield given our average GDP of roughly $18 billion a year. In Pula terms, this is about P23 billion less goods and services produced in the country and you and I have a good guess as to what such a sum can do in terms of job creation and sustainability, boosting tax revenue, succouring both recurrent and development expenditure, and on the whole keeping our teeny-weeny economy in relatively good nick.

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Security Sector Private Bills: What are they about?

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Parliament has begun debates on three related Private Members Bills on the conditions of service of members of the Security Sector.

The Bills are Prisons (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Police (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and Botswana Defence Force (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bills seek to amend the three statutes so that officers are placed on full salaries when on interdictions or suspensions whilst facing disciplinary boards or courts of law.

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The Bills stated above seeks to ask Parliament to also include members of the forces on the said benefit. It is unfair not to include soldiers or military officers, police officers and prison waders in the benefit. Paying an officer who is facing either external or internal charges full pay is in line with the notion of ei incumbit probation qui dicit, non qui negat or the presumption of innocence; that the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies.

The officers facing charges, either internal disciplinary or criminal charges before the courts, must be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Paying them a portion of their salary is penalty and therefore arbitrary. Punishment by way of loss of income or anything should come as a result of a finding on the guilt by a competent court of law, tribunal or disciplinary board.

What was the rationale behind this reform in 2008 when the Public Service Act was adopted? First it was the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.

The presumption of innocence is the legal principle that one is considered “innocent until proven guilty”. In terms of the constitution and other laws of Botswana, the presumption of innocence is a legal right of the accused in a criminal trial, and it is an international human right under the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11.

Withholding a civil servant’s salary because they are accused of an internal disciplinary offense or a criminal offense in the courts of law, was seen as punishment before a decision by a tribunal, disciplinary board or a court of law actually finds someone culpable. Parliament in its wisdom decided that no one deserves this premature punishment.

Secondly, it was considered that people’s lives got destroyed by withholding of financial benefits during internal or judicial trials. Protection of wages is very important for any worker. Workers commit their salaries, they pay mortgages, car loans, insurances, schools fees for children and other things. When public servants were experiencing salary cuts because of interdictions, they lost their homes, cars and their children’s future.

They plummeted into instant destitution. People lost their livelihoods. Families crumbled. What was disheartening was that in many cases, these workers are ultimately exonerated by the courts or disciplinary tribunals. When they are cleared, the harm suffered is usually irreparable. Even if one is reimbursed all their dues, it is difficult to almost impossible to get one’s life back to normal.

There is a reasoning that members of the security sector should be held to very high standards of discipline and moral compass. This is true. However, other more senior public servants such as judges, permanent secretary to the President and ministers have faced suspensions, interdictions and or criminal charges in the courts but were placed on full salaries.

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To withhold up to 50 percent of the police, prison workers and the military officers’ salaries during their interdiction or suspensions from work is punitive, insensitive and prejudicial as we do not do the same for other employees employed by the government.

The rest enjoy their full salaries when they are at home and it is for a good reason as no one should be made to suffer before being found blameworthy. The ruling party seems to have taken a position to negate the Bills and the collective opposition argue in the affirmative. The debate have just began and will continue next week Thursday, a day designated for Private Bills.

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