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Rwanda/COVID-19 : Bad governance kills more than the pandemic !

Other countries have devised strategies to fight COVID-19. These include:

1. A Task Force to manage the response
2. A framework to coordinate funds /aids received  as well as voluntary contributions from local and or non-local benefactors.
3. A reporting system to ensure transparency of the process.

Here is what  Rwanda did:
1. No Task Force knwon. In fact, nobody knows who is in charge.
2. No independent body to manage funds and aids. The Government takes all monies, and nobody knows how much is received,  how it is managed, where the monies are sent , and who to be held accountable.
3. Since there is nobody  in charge, no reporting is made on regular basis, even the communiqués from Ministry of health are not signed, thus the people do not know who to hold accountable.

This is how far Rwanda is down. Where have all intellectuals, economists, scientists, doctors gone? Since when mediocrity is preferred over logic, common sense and knowledge?

Who knows whether these monies are not sent to fiscal paradises abroad?
The country cannot move forward in this state.

One last but not least point: do you know that Rwandans would chose COVID-19 over bad gouvernance? Why?
Because, with good governance, the preparedness is possible, well informed decisions are available, and efficient response is possible. Because of bad governance, the number of famine victims beats the number of the pandemic victims.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am ashamed to introduce to you the Banana Republic of Kagame .



World Bank applauds Tanzania on Anti Corona Policy response; Warns African countries copying Western Anti- COVID 19 Policies

The World Bank Group has applauded Tanzanian unique approaches to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks President John Magufuli for not duplicating policies implemented in advanced countries and some middle – income as pasted by some African countries in the region.

The Africa’s Purse report titled as “assessing the economic impact of COVID-19 and Policy Responses in Sub-Saharan Africa” released today has commended Tanzania as one of the best examples for its strategic approaches that considers the best of its political economy and well-being of the society.

With 32 COVID- 19 confirmed cases, 3 deaths and 5 recoveries, Tanzania unlike other African countries has not locked down businesses and its citizens. The country has not also closed its borders but initiated strict testings and 14 days quarantine to all arrivals.

The WB report warns catastrophic consequences to sub- Saharan countries that have copied and pasted anti COVID- 19 policies.

“Facing a fast-changing situation with great uncertainty and so many unknowns, most governments around the world have resumed to similar approaches to contain the COVID-19 pandemic”, the report states.

The report mentions South Africa, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, who have reacted quickly and decisively to curb the potential influx and spread of the COVID-19 virus very much in line with emerging international experience.

The report warns these countries that as the situation evolves, there are more questions about suitability and likely effectiveness of some of these policies such as strict confinement.

It advises African governments deploy a series of emergency measures and structural features of African economies that shape the policy responses that are designed and implemented to fend-off COVID-19.

The World Bank has given multiple reasons why economic policies implemented in Sub-Saharan Africa should be different from those adopted in advanced countries and (some) middle-income countries.

First, informal employment is the main source of employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for 89.2 percent of all employment (ILO 2018). Excluding agriculture, informal employment accounts for 76.8 percent of total employment respectively.

Based on the number of entrepreneurs (own-account workers and employers) who are owners of informal economic units, the vast majority of economic units in the region are informal (92.4 percent).

Informal workers lack benefits such as health insurance, unemployment insurance, and paid leave.

Most informal workers, particularly the self-employed, need to work every day to earn their living and pay for their basic household necessities.

A prolonged lockdown will put at risk the subsistence of their households.
Additionally, the majority of workers hired are in a precarious situation, and most of these jobs are temporary and with low remuneration, do not offer social security, and put workers at a greater risk of injury and ill health.

Second, small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), an important driver of growth in economies across the region, account for up to 90 percent of all businesses and represent 38 percent of the region’s GDP.

Access to finance is one of the main challenges facing SMEs in normal times with the majority of these firms lacking the finance needed to grow.

Prior to COVID-19, the finance gap for SMEs in the region was estimated at US$331 billion (IFC 2018).

Third, concerns about the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak prompted interest rate cuts in several African countries in line with monetary policy actions around the world.

However, this type of monetary stimulus may not be effective for two reasons: (1) the prevalence of supply effects at the height of the containment measures (i.e. reduced labor supply and closed businesses, especially in contact-intensive sectors), and (2) the weak monetary transmission in countries with underdeveloped domestic financial markets.

African economies still need to design policy pathways to achieve sustainable growth, economic diversification, and inclusion.

The economic sustainability of African economies depends on their ability to transform their depleting stock of natural wealth into other reproducible capital assets such as physical capital, infrastructure, and human capital.

The findings on the impact of Covid-19 on African economies drew on two economywide models: a macro structural model, the World Bank Macroeconomic and Fiscal Model, “MFMOD,” and the World Bank global dynamic computable general equilibrium (CGE) model, “ENVISAGE”.
The analysis built on two scenarios.

The first an optimistic scenario which is based on the assumptions that the pandemic peaks in advanced economies such that containment measures are gradually removed in the next two months, the pandemic fades in China, and outbreaks are contained in other countries and in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The second is a downside scenario that assumes that the COVID-19 outbreak continues to weigh on the economy in the third and fourth quarters of 2020 and into 2021, as some social distancing measures are required to keep the spread of the virus at manageable levels.

Zambian Observer

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“Global Immediate Ceasefire to Fight COVID-19” UN urges.

Transcripts of the message of the secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.

March 23rd, 2020.

Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19.
The virus does not care abour nationality or ethnicity, faction or face. It attacks all, relentlessly. Menwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world. The most vulnerable – women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced – pay the highest price. They are also at the highes risk of suffering devastating losses from Covid-19.
Let’s not forget that in war-ravaged countries, health systems have collapsed, health professionals already few in number have often been targeted. Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable. The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. That is why today, I am calling for immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight for our lives.
To warring parties I say: pull back from hostilities, put aside mistrust and animosity, silence the guns, stop artillery, end the airstrikes. This is crucial to help create corridors for life-saving aid. To open precious windows for diplomacy, to bring hope to places to the most vulnerable to Covid-19. Let us take inspiration from coalitions and dialogue slowly taking place among rival parties in some parts to enable joint approaches to Covid-19. But we need much more, end the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.
It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now. That is what our human family needs, now more than ever.

Antonio Guterres

Secrétaire Général

Organisation des Nations Unies

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Kagame Quarantined Me. Covid-19 Quarantined Him.

Kagame Quarantined Me. Covid19 Quarantined Him.

Kagame is a club member of billionaires who fly the Gulfstream G650ER jet including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, co-founder and chief executive of Oracle Corporation, and Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, Apple’s cofounder.

I have lived under General Paul Kagame’s quarantine for a decade since 2010 when I fled Rwanda to South Africa. The year 2010 was when hell broke loose in Rwanda. A year of presidential elections which Kagame won by 95%, many Rwandans were jailed, others simply disappeared, fled, or died mysteriously. Among those who died in 2020 were opposition leader, André Kagwa Rwisereka, vice-chairman of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda. He was found murdered and partially beheaded near a wetland in Butare on July 14, 2010.

In South Africa where I fled, I was quarantined in my house, especially after I was almost kidnapped to Rwanda in 2012. On the New Year’s Day of 2014, the exiled former Rwandan intelligence, Patrick Karegeya, was murdered in Johannesburg, which led me to flee to Canada. Once there I was quarantined once again – I couldn’t travel least of all to Africa.

Fast forward to 2020. Kagame who is a club member of billionaires who fly the Gulfstream G650ER jet – including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, co-founder and chief executive of Oracle Corporation, and Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, Apple’s cofounder – is quarantined.

Coronavirus has trapped Kagame in Rwanda. As the saying goes, God works in mysterious ways.

David Himbara,  PhD

Source: https://medium.com

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La France demande à ses ressortissants de quitter le Rwanda immédiatement.

L’ambassade de France au Rwanda appelle les touristes français sur le territoire rwandais à  regagner la France immédiatement. L’ambassade fait suite au discours du président Emmanuel Macron tenu le lundi 16 mars 2020 au sujet de la pandémie Coronavirus , COVID-19.

Dans le but de faire face à la pandémie,  la France a mis en place de mesures drastiques et a mobilisé les ressources conséquentes car “on est en guerre” a dit Monsieur Macron. Dans son discours suivi par plus de trente millions de téléspectateurs, le président de la France a demandé aux résidents, entre autres d’éviter les déplacements sauf pour des raisons importantes inclus faire des courses, aller au boulot uniquement si le travail est indispensable à la vie du pays et que le télétravail est impossible. Une attestation sur l’honneur devra être signée et portée par la personne souhaitant sortir. Ces mesures seront de rigueur pendant au moins 15 jours.

Les mouvements entre l’espace Schengen et son extérieur sont interdits jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Mais les Français souhaitant rentrer chez eux seront assistés par le gouvernement.

L’ambassade de France à Kigali exécute.


Cette décision est à  saluer car, non seulement le Rwanda n’a pas assez de moyens et de systèmes efficaces pour répondre à ce genre de crises, mais aussi apparemment le gouvernement n’est pas transparent dans la communication des statistiques de la propagation de la  pandémie sur le territoire rwandais.


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Et si le coronavirus mettait un frein au processus de globalisation tant décrié ?


Le monde semble plus que jamais divisé dans sa lutte contre une pandémie jusque-là méconnue : le coronavirus. En attendant un hypothétique vaccin ou un sérum, tout porte à croire que les grandes nations, détentrices du savoir-faire médical ou du savoir-faire tout court, se laissent emporter par leur égoïsme et leurs intérêts nationaux.

Ainsi, nous assistons malgré nous au repli sur soi des donneurs de leçons pour un monde globalisé et uniforme. Les Etats-Unis, par la voix de son président, ont décrété une urgence médicale. Donald Trump qui ironisait jusque-là sur le coronavirus vient de prendre une décision qui met à mal les sacro-saints pactes entre les occidentaux : les États-Unis sont désormais fermés à tous les européens. Sauf aux anglais. La décision de Donald Trump trahit un système autarcique qu’il faut dénoncer avec vigueur.

Certains esprits bienveillants y trouveront de quoi alimenter une brouille qui réactive les décisions unilatérales de Washington qui mettent à mal les relations avec ses partenaires historiques. Mais il serait sans doute excessif de jeter l’anathème sur Donald Trump. L’Europe aussi a pris des mesures similaires à l’égard des pays les plus affectés. L’Italie a fermé ses frontières. L’Allemagne, la Pologne, la Belgique et autres États européens vivent à huis clos.

Les procédures de coordination de l’Union Européenne ont volé en éclats. Exit le traité de Schengen. Chacun pour soi et les frontières deviennent hermétiques. Chaque pays européen établit, souverainement, un système parfaitement autarcique.

Toutes ces décisions nationalistes et souveraines mettent à mal l’Union européenne. Elles mettent à jour les fragilités des engagements au sein même de l’Europe qui a su tisser des liens forts pour ses politiques communes économiques et financières.

Le coronavirus vient mettre un coup de frein aux politiques de globalisation. Ce virus que nous ne maîtrisons toujours pas paralyse les économies qui avaient déjà du mal à confirmer les prévisions de croissances des pays riches.

Le commerce mondial mis à mal

La mondialisation qui est la suite logique de la globalisation se définit comme un processus multidimensionnel des différents aspects de la vie des sociétés et des individus. Elle est prise en otage par le coronavirus. Les voyages des marchandises et des personnes sont paralysés. Les avions rongent leurs freins sur les tarmacs alors que les passagers sont indésirables sous d’autres cieux. La perception que nous avons des transactions industrielles, commerciales et financières est remise en cause. Au nom de la souveraineté des états, le processus d’internationalisation de ces transactions est battu en brèche.

La crise du coronavirus nous démontre la fragilité des mécanismes globaux. Le monde perd la face et montre ses divisions. Tout cela à cause d’un virus. Les guerres n’ont pas freiné la circulation des marchandises ni celle des personnes. Le coronavirus fait mieux que les guerres. Il tue sans tenir compte des frontières, des pays et des confessions religieuses. Pire, il nous oblige à rester chez nous…

Le coronavirus démonte les mécanismes de la globalisation et étale au grand jour nos égoïsmes, nos faiblesses et surtout nos divisions. Il fait mieux que les barrières visibles qui séparent les riches et les pauvres. La panique est généralisée. Les problèmes climatiques se trouvent relégués au second rang en attendant une nouvelle crise financière qui va bousculer les marchés déjà fragilisés.

La nature sera toujours la plus forte. Nous ne savons pas grand-chose d’elle. Elle va encore frapper et bousculer « nos équilibres ». Les prévisions alarmistes sur une prochaine crise financière mettront à mal la globalisation. Le pire reste à venir avec l’affolement des marchés financiers et des bourses.

Par Michel Lobé Étamé

Source: www.jmtvplus.com 

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