Archive | June 2015

While Jammeh Bankrupt The Gambian Public Institutions: NAWEC Has Resorted to Blatantly Cheating of The Poor

Untitled imageImage result for nawec

After bankrupting the Gambia through bad governance, rampant corruption, extravagant lifestyle and embezzlement of public finances, Dictator Yahya Jammeh has now resorted to using public institutions like National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) in cheating the poor and the needy of their hard earn cash. In Brikama Nema, NAWEC has changed their old water tank to a new one after several decades in service, however, the existing customers are forced by NAWEC to reapply for a water supply or they live without water. According to residence in Brikama, apart from new customers, any existence customer must fill in a new application for NAWEC to come to your home and measure the length then charge you according to their measurement. One resident who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity said, she was charged more than D35,000 and she had a tap in her home for more than 20 years now and she felt cheated that she has to forked out such amount in other to restored water at her home. She complained that she cannot afford such amount unless she borrow from friends and relatives.

A similar thing happened in Kombo Gunjur where public taps have been closed for more than a month by NAWEC. The people of Gunjur have requested for the re-opening of the public taps which has affected more than three-third of the town’s residents and has forced some of them to resort to getting water for domestic consumption from the abandoned wells and which are unfit for human consumption and has health implications. All these is due to the fact NAWEC is bankrupt and they have to forced the people to prop up the ailing company.

In the meantime, while Gambians continues to suffer, Yahya Jammeh continue to embezzle the public finances by wasting millions on his so-called birthday party and donating the Senegalese wrestlers and entertainers with millions of Dalasis and fancy cars. Jammeh’s insensitivity do not stop there as he also spent millions of dollars on his children private education and his gold digger wife’s frequent expensive shopping trips in the West and all these are financed by the people of The Gambia.

 20150627_022619000_iOS

It can be recalled that in March this year, The Gambia government led by Dictator Jammeh has requested a loan of USD$10.8 million from the IMF to bailout the economy of The Gambia in other to enable the authorities to meet their urgent balance of payment and fiscal needs. The reason given by Gambian authorities was due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which according to them the Ebola outbreak has led to low number of tourist arrivals.

However, the IMF mission led by Mr. Bhaswar Mukhopadhyay have said, “Even before the crisis, 2014 was a difficult year for the Gambian economy. The consequences of past fiscal slippages put pressure on the government budget, public enterprises, the private sector, and households. Government borrowing lifted interest rates, which increased interest payments considerably. Banks have restricted their lending to the private sector while higher debt burdens and import costs due to currency depreciation have weighed on the public enterprises. Difficulties in public enterprises have put further stress on the public budget. The local currency price of imported goods, especially basic foods, has risen.

Advertisements

After Heated Exchanged of Words EU Leaders Agree on Voluntary Resettlement of 40,000 Asylum Seekers in Italy and Greece

rescue1

The European Union leaders have discussed the influx of refugees from across the Mediterranean which is one of the most contentious issues among the EU member states in years, how to share out over 60,000 refugees who are mainly from Syria and Eritrean seeking asylum in Europe. After a revolt against plans for compulsory quotas, other European leaders eventually agreed to resettle 60,000 refugees arriving from the Mediterranean on a voluntary basis.

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron has rebuffed attempts by European leaders to force Britain to take quotas of refugees from the Mediterranean after one of the toughest EU summits in recent memory. Mr Cameron was pressed by Germany, Italy and other nations to take some of the 60,000 migrants who have arrived in Europe after fleeing Africa and Syria. The Prime Minister used Britain’s opt out to block the demands, leaving European leaders descended into a furious and protracted debate.

According to the latest figures from Frontex, the EU’s border agency, the number of migrants arriving at the EU’s external borders has risen by a factor of 2.5 this year compared with 2014, from 61,500 to 153,000. The numbers coming through the Balkans were nearly nine times higher than last year. Mediterranean crossings last month were 29% up on April, and there has been a five-fold increase so far this year in those using the eastern Mediterranean route compared with the same period in 2014.

The EU To Use Submarines, Warships, Drones and Helicopters in an Operation Against People Smugglers in The Mediterranean

 41f8c7a0603b6dd108e75b8d1b0e1408e7910653-1434984777-55882149-620x348naval-op

The European Union officials said on Monday, the EU will use submarines, warships, drones and helicopters in an operation to gather intelligence on gangs who smuggle thousands of asylum-seekers to Europe from Libya. EU foreign ministers agreed at a meeting in Luxembourg to launch the operation even though it will be limited to intelligence-gathering for now as it has yet to obtain official authorisation from the U.N. The operation is part of a stepped-up European response to a surge of migrants from Africa and the Middle East making the dangerous crossing from Libya to Europe. This year alone more than 2000 people have died crossing the Mediterranean, including more than 700 who were killed in a single shipwreck in April.

The operation, as initially envisaged, was intended to disrupt the migrant traffickers’ business and to capture and destroy their ships, possibly even in Libyan waters. However, the EU would require a U.N. Security Council resolution and consent from the Libyan authorities to operate in Libyan territorial waters and coastal areas and it has neither so far. The EU foreign policy chief Ms Federica Mogherini told reporters “Let me be very clear: The targets are not the migrants, the targets are those that are making money on their lives and too often on their deaths. It is part of our effort to save lives.”

About 10 countries have offered five warships, two submarines, three reconnaissance aircraft, two surveillance drones and three helicopters for the operation, as well as around 1,000 military personnel, an EU official said. The planes and ships would begin moving into international waters off Libya “in the coming days” but it would take a month for the mission to be fully up and running, the official said.

Reflecting the potential dangers, the EU official said merchant ships outside Libyan territorial waters had twice recently been attacked by fighter aircraft using rockets and coastal artillery, and armed traffickers had threatened people trying to save migrants. If the EU ships come across migrants at sea, they will help rescue them.

EU officials still hope for Libyan consent and a U.N. resolution later that would allow them to tackle the traffickers. The EU would only be able to move to more aggressive actions if EU foreign ministers gave the go-ahead. European members of the U.N. Security Council had been drafting a resolution to approve the EU operation under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which allows the use of force.

But diplomats said the work was put on hold earlier this month pending Libyan consent to the operation, a major obstacle because two rival governments and parliaments are fighting for control there. Gaining Libyan consent may depend on U.N.-brokered peace talks reaching an agreement on a national unity government.

Courtesy (Reuters)

The EU undertook it’s first Naval operations in the Mediterranean Against People Smugglers

The European Union on Monday launched it’s first naval operation to try to stop human-traffickers from bringing migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe. The naval operation, which was officially launched by EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg, will operate in international waters and airspace until the EU can secure a U.N. Security Council resolution endorsing its effort and permission from Libyan officials to enter their territory.

According to the EU foreign policy chief Ms Federica Mogherini, EU will start implementing the first phase of the operation in the coming days. This covers information-gathering and patrolling on the high seas to support the detection and monitoring of smuggling networks. She told reporters that “The targets are not the migrants. The targets are those that are making money on their lives and too often on their deaths,.” The EU aims to “dismantle the business model” of the traffickers by destroying their boats, she said.

However, the U.N. has been slow to endorse the EU naval plan amid criticism from refugee groups that the move will only deprive migrants fleeing poverty and conflict of a major way to escape, rather than address the roots of the problem.

Meanwhile, dozens of boats set off from Libya heading to Europe each week, with Italy and Greece bearing the brunt of the surge of migrants. So far this year more than 100,000 people have entered Europe, with some 2,000 dead or missing during the risky quest to reach Europe.