About 80,000 years ago during the time of Enoch and his father Jared, climatic upheavals both on Earth and Mars struck again. Mars was even the worse for wear. Not only was it becoming increasingly drier but sandstorms were raging in the manner of a desertifying planet. Semjaza, who was the leader of the Mars-based Igigi, the Anunnaki astronauts, was in panic mode: he sent word down to Earth to alert his boss Utu-Shamash at Sippar, the then spaceport. Shamash in turn alerted his grandfather Enlil, Earth’s Chief Executive and the Bible’s primary Jehovah/Yahweh.
“The three who the fates decree” were soon locked up in a crisis meeting at Nippur, Enlil’s cult city in the broader Edin. These were Enlil himself, Enki, and Ninmah. They resolved that Marduk, a veteran superintendent of the Mars way station, should hasten to Mars to assess the problem firsthand and file a report. Marduk consented but that was only after spirited persuasion by his father Enki.
Meanwhile, the top three sat down to ponder their fate as individuals. They were now old by Earthly standards. Enki and Enlil spoke nostalgically about how “dashing” and diligent they were when they came to Earth and self-commiserated about how worn and grey they now were. Both were now grandfathers. Ninmah remarked forlornly that everybody now called her the “Old Sheep” even though her skin had not yet wrinkled. Their only consolation was that their children who were born on Earth were actually aging at a much faster rate than them because the physics of Earth had a much more impactful effect on their biological clocks than it did on those who were born on Nibiru or the Sirius and Orion star systems.
Whatever the case, wasn’t it time they as old guards handed over the conduct of the affairs of Earth and Mars to the younger generation in Marduk and Ninurta? Enki for one wondered why whereas the younger Anunnaki were allowed to visit Nibiru from time to time and the rank and file Anunnaki actually worked on rotation and returned to Nibiru for good once their tour of duty was complete, the top brass were all but barred from visiting Nibiru. Enki, Enlil and Ninmah had never left Earth for Nibiru since their arrival. Every time they put in a request for at least a shar’s sabbatical, King Anu vetoed it. Would they ever return to their planet or they were destined to die on this tiny planet that fast-tracked their progression to old age?
Enlil gave assurance that they would definitely return but they should not press for that. That would be tantamount to abdicating responsibility entrusted from on high. When King Anu deemed it opportune, they would certainly be recalled. For now, all they had to do and undertake was to soldier on in the tasks it pleased Anu to assign them. The three then rose, clasped hands, and in unison and with voices building up to a crescendo pledged to persevere with their respective mandates. This was one of those very occasions when Enki and Enlil showed a modicum of brotherliness and consensus ad idem.
IGIGI’S WRACKED WITH SEXUAL STRESS
When Marduk arrived on Mars, he was presented with a conundrum he had not been warned about and to the extent where the main object of his mission became secondary. The Igigi leader Semjaza informed him that the Igigi were bursting with sexual stress. They all were full-fledged, virile adults but since Anunnaki women were few and far between, almost all of them remained unwed. Semjaza warned Marduk that the situation was getting out of hand and it could lead to homosexual proclivities.
“You Prince are one of those who have a naturally sympathetic heart,” Semjaza said. “It’s you and Lord Enki in particular. Lord Enlil and Prince Shamash don’t care a hoot about our plight. Please help us find women to marry. It’s Lulu’s we have in mind. We don’t mind them: some of them are just as dazzlingly beautiful as Anunnaki women. We may be physically much bigger than them but we are sexually compatible. Remember Prince, Lord Enki himself had Adapa and Titi-Eve with a Lulu and had Cain with a Lulu too.”
At the time, marriages between Anunnaki and Earthlings had long been sanctioned. If you recall, Adapa had married Lilitu; Cain had married Luluwa; and Seth had married Kalimath: all these were Anunnaki women. However, there was a very strong precondition. The Earthling woman had to be vetted by Enlil before he gave the nod for the nuptials to proceed. If Enlil didn’t deem her suitable for one reason or the other, the marriage was a non-starter though sexual relations could continue.
Marduk contemplated the matter for a while. “I doubt whether Enlil can permit a mass marriage between you guys and Earthling women,” he observed. “He’s fiercely conservative. Since we arrived on Earth, he has permitted only a handful of such marriages and all have been of Anunnaki women marrying Earthling men and none vice versa.”
“At least why can’t we have a colony of Lulu’s here on Earth who can produce wives or consorts for us Prince?” Semjaza wondered aloud. “Why should Earth be the only planet privilleged with the convenient human population?” “There’s an unofficial programme to that effect if I may confide in you,” Marduk replied the Igigi leader. “The Earthling Enoch is presently residing here with his wife Edinni. Some of their children are here too. The plan is for this family to give rise to the future population of Mars. You know Earthlings proliferate inconceivably quicker than we do. In our equivalent of one year on Nibiru, they could fill a whole continent. When that happens, you guys will have such a stampede of women hankering after you you will be spoiled for choice.”
“Sorry Prince, but we are not prepared to wait for that long,” Semjaza countered. “We want women to marry like yesterday. And you are the person, great Prince, we’re counting on. And we know you will not disappoint us. You and Lord Enki are the most kindly of the royals. We are trusting to your speedy action.”
Once again, Marduk cogitated on the matter. He really did feel for the Igigi’s. But what about he himself? Wasn’t it time he settled down in marriage and began a family? He was a grown man now and his immediate younger brother Nergal had long gotten married. Already, one particular woman had long caught his eye. This was Sarpanit, Enoch’s firstborn daughter, who was the most beautiful woman he had ever known. None of the Anunnaki women would hold a candle to her. Having made up his mind to pop the word to Sarpanit, an empathetic Marduk now took Semjaza into his confidence. Together, they hatched a plan whereby Marduk would create circumstances for some Igigi to come to Earth and make their case before Enlil.
ENLIL PARRIES MARDUK OVERTURE
Since Enoch was at this stage a protégé of the Enlilites, who had promised to send him to Nibiru for as long as proved his loyalty to them, he was circumspect about consenting to Marduk’s request to take the hand of his daughter. Rather than outrightly reject Marduk’s overture, he referred him to his firstborn son Methuselah, who was based on Earth.
When Marduk touched down on Earth, he straightaway went to see his father Enki. First, he handed him the report he had compiled about the Martian situation. Then he raised the matter of his matrimonial designs. He had fallen in love and wanted to get married. Both Enki and his wife Ninki were excited and cheerfully high-fived their firstborn son. Then Marduk dropped a bombshell. The woman he wanted to marry was not an Anunnaki but an Earthling. She was Sarpanit, the daughter of the human patriarch Enoch, who was presently stationed on Mars. Both Enoch and Sarpanit had in fact consented to the marriage proposal and Enoch had even given his firstborn son Methuselah the right of attorney to affix the decisive seal of approval on the matter.
Enki and Ninki were persuaded. They went to see Methuselah, who practically danced a jig as he gave euphoric consent. However, the final word rested with the Anunnaki’s seniormost personage on Earth – Enlil. When the matter was brought before Enlil, he poured cold water on it without much ado. First, he argued that all the Anunnaki princes were obliged to marry Anunnaki princess only. For example, Ninurta was married to Bau, a younger daughter of King Anu. Nannar-Sin was married to Ningal, a daughter of Enki.
Nergal was married to Ereshkigal, Enlil’s granddaughter. True, female Anunnaki could marry Earthlings and even rank-and-file Anunnaki could marry Earthlings according to the revised connubial code, but a prince strictly had to marry a fellow Anunnaki and a princess for that matter. If Marduk were to marry Sarpanit, she would become Nin-Sarpanit – a princess too and could one day become Queen. That was anathema: no Lulu should ever become an Anunnaki Queen.
On her part, Ninmah said Marduk was in fact not short of Anunnaki suitors. She was prepared to marry off to him one of the six daughters she had with Enki. “They are your half-sisters,” she said. “The Anunnaki connubial code allows princes to marry their half-sisters.” The Enkites, however, were not persuaded. Enki insisted Marduk had the right to marry any woman he deemed suitable. He wanted his firstborn son to be happy. He had chosen Sarpanit and it was just logical that he be allowed to marry her. It was a stalemate. The matter as usual was referred to King Anu on Nibiru.
MARDUK IS BANISHED TO EARTH
After consultations with his advisors, King Anu like Enlil vetoed the marriage. He said Marduk was not an ordinary prince. On Earth, he may not have had that much clout but in the broader Sirian-Orion Empire, he was very, very significant. As per the terms of the union of Sirius with Orion, Marduk was the second in line to the Sirian-Orion throne after Enlil. So if he went ahead and married a Lulu, he would have committed a sacrilege and the repercussions would be dire. First, he would forfeit his eligibility to the Sirian-Orion throne. Second, he would be banned from ever leaving Earth. That is to say, he would never return to Nibiru or the throne planets of the Sirian-Orion Empire.
When Anu’s decision was relayed to Earth, Enki tried to prevail over his son to change tack but Marduk scoffed at the gesture. His succession rights were a farce, he said. Why should they only apply in the broader Sirian-Orion Empire only and not here on Earth? Why was he so diminished here on Earth? Why did have the rank of 10 when Ninurta (50), Nannar-Sin (30) and even “little” Utu-Shamash (20) ranked far much higher than him? For God’s sake, he wasn’t even a member of the Pantheon of 12. The whole thing was a charade.
Marduk told his father that he was proceeding to lead Sarpanit to the altar: to Hell with Nibiru and the Sirian-Orion throne. In point of fact, what he would set about doing now was to establish his throne right here on Earth. He was going to feverishly work towards being King of Earth and he would die right here on Earth. Earth belonged to Earthlings, not to the Anunnaki. Having married Sarpanit, it was a matter of course that he would strike quite a chord with Earthlings and being the only “god” to devote to permanently living on this planet, Earthlings would embrace him more than any other Anunnaki. If push came to shove, he would mobilise the Earthlings to oust Enlil in the fullness of time.
Having listened to his son, Enki undertook that he would support him all the way. Enlil, on the other hand, did not take kindly to Marduk’s intransigence. On top of Anu’s proscriptions, he added his own. Marduk was banned from ever setting foot in the Edin, Eden in the Bible. He was to be confined to Africa. He was also forbidden to travel either to Mars or the Moon as these two celestial bodies were also in Enlil’s sphere of influence.
IGIGI’S RUN RIOT
Enlil nonetheless granted permission for Marduk’s wedding to take place at Eridu, Enki’s cult city. Then Marduk himself asked Enlil to give some of the Igigi’s the green light to attend his wedding since as former head of the Mars outpost, he had quite a rapport with them. Enlil obliged him and accordingly, 200 Igigi’s arrived on Earth. Headed by their leader Semjaza they were put up at a cosy Anunnaki resort on Mount Hermon at the southern edge of the Cedar Mountain range in today’s Lebanon.
On the mountain was a huge platform known as the Landing Place, or airport in today’s language. It was known as Baalbek, meaning “A place for the access of gods only”, as indeed airports and the spaceport were strictly the preserve of the Anunnaki. A number of Earthlings had also been invited to the wedding, which was to be expected given that the Enkites looked on Earthlings as equals and not as lowlives.
During the week leading up to the wedding, Semjaza assembled his fellow Igigis in the conference hall to break a secret he hadn’t told them yet, a secret which stemmed from a scheme he and Marduk had devised when the latter visited Mars. Semjaza said he was putting his neck on the chopping block for what he was to reveal to them.
“I fear ye will not agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty for a great sin.” But the Igigi’s were excited about it and they declared that not only where they for the idea hundred percent but they were prepared to commit themselves by oath. “Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations, not to abandon this plan but to do this thing," they suggested. This is the reason the venue of this pact came to be called Mount Hermon, meaning “Mount of Oath”.
Only moments after the wedding concluded, the Igigis, who had divided themselves into groups of ten to energetically sync with Marduk’s Anunnaki rank of 10, moved into action. Each grabbed a female human he had earmarked and careered her to the waiting sky chamber. Soon the women were being flown to Baalbek. It had all been orchestrated by Marduk and Semjaza and it worked like a charm.
Back at Mount Hermon, Semjaza sent an ultimatum to Enlil – that he should consent to he and his men marrying the Earthlings forthwith, failure to which they would wreak havoc on Earth, beginning with the torching of the Landing Place. Since Enlil was no fool, he knew it all had been pre-planned at the behest of Marduk, which meant Enki was in on the scheme too.
Realising that he could not win for as long as the Enkites were behind it all, he meekly yielded to the arm-twisting and ordered the Igigi to return to Mars immediately, along with the Lulu women they had kidnapped. Marduk however, argued that the conditions on Mars at present were not that favourable and so the Igigi’s should be allowed to stay on Earth indefinitely. Enlil again was in a bind: fearing that if he stuck to his guns he could trigger a serious backlash, he permitted the Igigi to stay on Earth but banned them from the Edin.
Thus it was that some Igigi’s stayed at the foot of the Cedar Mountains and others moved with Marduk to Egypt. Still others settled in the area that would in future come to be known as Canaan. Enlil dubbed this 200 rebellious Igigi’s as “Fallen Angels” (Every Anunnaki was assumed to be a “Holy Angel” because the Anunnaki came from Nibiru, a “Holy Place”). They were fallen, first, in a moral sense for marrying Earthling women, thereby defiling themselves. They were also fallen because they had defied Enlil, the “God of Earth”.
This event is hinted at in REVELATION 12:4, which says, “And his (the Dragon’s) tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth”. There were at the time 600 Igigi’s stationed on Mars and the 200 that numbered on Semjaza’s team constituted one-third. And who was the Dragon in this context? It was Marduk as Enlil knew he was the instigator. Dragon is the anglicised version of the prehistoric term “Dar-Or-Eke-Ene”, meaning “Creator Lord”.
Here on Earth, it applied to Enki as the fashioner of mankind and secondarily to Marduk as his heir. But Enlil turned it round to invest it with a negative connotation that eventually came to denote “embodied evil”, just as the term “Ea-Bel”, meaning “Lord Ea” (Enki), was turned around by Enlil to assume a new, sinister meaning – Devil. This Earth, My Brother …
The Central Bank has by way of its Monetary Policy Statement informed us that the Botswana economy is likely to contract by 8.9 percent over the course of the year 2020.
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.
Joseph’s and Judah’s family lines conjoin to produce lineal seed
Just to recap, General Atiku, the Israelites were not headed for uncharted territory. The Promised Land teemed with Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. These nations were not simply going to cut and run when they saw columns of battle-ready Israelites approach: they were going to fight to the death.
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.
In terms of the Public Service Act, 2008 which took effect in 2010, civil servants who are indicted are paid full salary and not a portion of their emolument. Section 35(3) of the Act specifically provides that “An employee’s salary shall not be withheld during the period of his or her suspension”.
However, when parliament reformed the public service law to allow civil servants to unionize, among other things, and extended the said protection of their salaries, the process was not completed. When the House conferred the benefit on civil servants, members of the disciplined forces were left out by not accordingly amending the laws regulating their employment.
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.
The yardstick against which security sector officers are held cannot be higher than the aforementioned public officials. It just wouldn’t make sense. They are in charge of the security and operate in a very sensitive area, but cannot in anyway be held to higher standards that prosecutors, magistrates, judges, ministers and even senior officials such as permanent secretaries.
Moreover, jail guards, police officers and soldiers, have unique harsh punishments which deter many of them from committing misdemeanors and serious crimes. So, the argument that if the suspension or interdiction with full pay is introduced it would open floodgates of lawlessness is illogical.
Security Sector members work in very difficult conditions. Sometimes this drives them into depression and other emotional conditions. The truth is that many seldom receive proper and adequate counseling or such related therapies. They see horrifying scenes whilst on duty. Jail guards double as hangmen/women.
Detectives attend to autopsies on cases they are dealing with. Traffic police officers are usually the first at accident scenes. Soldiers fight and kill poachers. In all these cases, their minds are troubled. They are human. These conditions also play a part in their behaviors. They are actually more deserving to be paid full salaries when they’re facing allegations of misconduct.
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.