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- Генеральный штаб Вооруженных Сил Армении потребовал отставки премьер-министра Пашиняна
Перед этим Пашинян уволил заместителя начальника ГШ, а теперь - после заявления, которое премьер квалифицировал, как попытку военного переворота, и самого начальника.
Кроме того, премьер призывал своих сторонников выйти на центральную площадь Еревана - «...защитить демократию».
Новый виток старого конфликта: «партия войны» против «партии демократии».
Пашинян, пришедший к власти в результате бархатной революции почти три года назад, отстранил «партию войны», основой которой является карабахский клан, аффилированный с прокремлевскими коррупционерами.
Отстранил, но не избавился от него.
В карьере армянского премьера была долгая и неоднозначная попытка сыграть на поле «партии войны». И сын в Карабахе служил, и визит в Шушу, и обвинения Азербайджана в невменяемости и отсутствии потенциала в ведении переговоров.
В ходе октябрьской войны, Пашинян пошёл ва-банк.
Он стал выбивать из спецслужб и армии не устраивающие его фигуры и все это - ещё и под давлением Кремля, разменивая неугодных ему на неугодных Москве.
Многие тогда прочили смещение премьера, а я прочил, что он ситуативно победит.
Победит по двум причинам:
- у него есть соответствующий потенциал (большинство в парламенте) и поддержка улицы,
- в сохранении его при власти заинтересованы Турция, Грузия и Азербайджан.
Для них Пашинян - гарантия сохранения договорённостей по Карабаху, отсутствие угрозы возобновления боевых действий, уменьшение влияния Кремля, шансы на дальнейший вывод Армении с кремлёвской орбиты.
Как видим, клубок противоречий ещё тот, и иначе, нежели политическим разгромом одной из сторон такие противоречия не решаются.
Решительное столкновение «партии войны» и «партии демократии» было только вопросом времени.
Смотрим, что из этого выйдет.
Я ставлю на победу «партии демократии.»
За перший день вакцинації проти коронавіруса щеплення отримали 159 українців
Кількість щеплень, зроблених в регіонах:
Вінницька область - 10 щеплень;
Житомирська область - 40 щеплень;
Київська область - 19 щеплень;
Черкаська область - 80 щеплень;
Чернігівська область - 10 щеплень.
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Questions in Short
24 February 2021
Etosha junior offers suffer
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Vipuakuje Muharukwa says 120 junior officers in the Police anti-poaching unit deployed at the Etosha National Park are facing harsh living and employment conditions.
He said the officers have written at least two letters of complaint, but to no avail.
Muharukwa suggested that top gold, silver, and zone commanders receive accommodation, transport, and food while claiming rate one subsistence allowances.
On the other hand, he suggested, junior officers have been sleeping in tents since 2014, that they do not receive danger or bush allowances, and are not given first aid kits.
Muharukwa said if these allegations are found to be true, then it constitutes evidence that generous budgetary allocations to the security cluster is primarily for the benefit of the “top guns”.
He asked that home affairs minister Frans Kapofi address this matter.
The price of water
United Democratic Front (UDF) MP Dudu Murorwa wants agricultural minister Calle Schlettwein to explain to the nation whether or not there is a body that regulates the price of water.
Mururwa wants to know what factors influence the price of water, and why this pricing is never publicly announced like the price of fuel.
No August 26 arrests
Popular Democratic Movement (PDF) MP Nico Smit bemoaned the fact that former finance manager at August 26, Paulus Moshana, and his wife, Ester Ndinelago Shimwandi, have not yet been arrested for theft at the defence company.
Moshana and his wife, who was a clerk at August 26, are accused of having stolen close to N$14 million from the company.
Smit said Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa has only gone as far as charging Moshana with fraud, theft, tax evasion, and money laundering.
Imalwa has also seized Moshana's assets through a High Court order in December 2019, but no arrests have been made.
Smit said it appears as if there is a deliberate attempt by members of the Namibian police, “and most probably by senior politicians”, to protect Moshana and his wife from arrest.
Smit said it is “blatantly shocking” that the police allowed Moshana to sell off residential properties bought with ill-gotten money.
He said several letters have been written to Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga in an attempt to find out why Moshana and his wife have not been arrested. The letters, he said, have been ignored.
“Is the Namibian Police complicit in protecting members employed within the Namibian Defence Force, or are they acting on instructions from senior politicians?” Smit asked.
Smit expects a response from home affairs minister Frans Kapofi.
Aminuis want work on road project
Nudo's Esther Muinjangue said community members of the Aminuis constituency are not happy that “people from other regions” were brought in to work on the 135 kilometre Onderombapa to Aranos road project.
Phase 2 of the project was set to be completed by December this year, but was interrupted and construction put on halt.
Muinjangue wants to know if the concerns of the Aminuis community were taken into account, and when the project will be resumed.
Scrap Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill, says RDP
24 February 2021
The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) wants the Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill withdrawn, saying it is a ruse by the Swapo Party to let its jailed members off the hook.
The Bill makes provision for suspects to strike plea bargains for shorter sentences. Justice minister Yvonne Dausab said the amendment is to provide that a prosecutor and an accused may enter into a plea and sentence agreement, and to provide for all other incidental matters.
Dausab said the Bill will apply in respect of offences that have been committed before the commencement of the Act, and an accused who has not pleaded at the time when the Act comes into operation may enter into a plea and sentence agreement as contemplated in Section 105 A of the principle Act.
RDP leader Mike Kavekotora said the Swapo Party will push the Bill through Parliament because it wants its members in jail “to be beneficiaries” thereof.
“[I] reject the passing of this Bill until such time the Swapo-led government affects a culture change and change the way you run the affairs of the state,” Kavekotora said.
Kavekotora said Namibia's democratic system is skewed to favour the ruling party in all respects.
“The Swapo government has created a culture and a set of shared values favouring Swapo and those associated with Swapo to the detriment of what a democratic system calls for. Your belief system, opinions, values, and emotions are simply wrong. The nation has lost trust in the government,” he said.
He said the Bill is “simply a proactive contingency plan” of Swapo, or individuals in Swapo who are trying to “beat the system”.
“The Swapo government deliberately omitted certain provisions in the law to enable it to rig elections. You amended the Fish Act, gave the minister absolute power to do what he did that has now become public knowledge,” Kavekotora said, referring to the fishrot scandal in which at least two ministers have been jailed for allegedly receiving bribes in exchange for fishing quotas to Icelandic company, Samherji.
Education in country 'broken', says opposition
- Claims system has been politicised
23 February 2021
Opposition leaders have demanded that the changes to the school curricula regarding Grade 11's be reconsidered, and want an independent commission to look into the matter.
Nico Smit of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) said it is disgraceful that there is still no guidance for schools about who would be allowed back to do Advanced Standard (AS), and who will be “relegated to the street corners”.
Schools were informed that only learners who achieved at least two C's and three D's in 2020 can continue, as long as one of the D's was for English, which is a compulsory subject for AS.
Smit said it is also not clear if learners who will not be readmitted to schools can enrol at Namcol to improve their grades.
The ministry had said that Grade 11 learners who wrote the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSCO) can be admitted to institutes of higher learning.
However, Unam, the biggest university in the country, has rejected the possibility of admitting Grade 11 NSSCO learners.
These learners can technically enrol at the International University of Management (IUM) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), but cannot register for any postgraduate qualification in SADC or elsewhere.
Smit said the new curriculum is good, but does not work for Namibian conditions.
There is also confusion over the availability of subject choices at schools.
For example, if a school offers only three of subjects chosen, a learner is expected to find another school for the remaining other three subjects.
“How can a learner be expected to do three subjects at Windhoek High School and then go to a different school for physics and another school for chemistry?” Smit asked.
He said it appears as if the government plans to force learners out of school a year early to save money.
Education minister Ester-Anna-Liisa Shiwomwenyo Nghipondoka had earlier said that the revised curriculum is aimed at improving quality and increasing the output of learners completing secondary school with higher qualifications.
Smit, however, said the implementation of the new curriculum will cause thousands out of school with no prospects to further their studies.
“It is of the utmost importance that this government learns to operate in a bi-partisan manner when far-reaching decisions of national importance are being made. After 30 years of bungling – you need only look at 99% of the SOEs [state-owned enterprises] and the way they have been managed to see for yourself – this is surely time to admit that there is a huge amount of expertise and know-how going to waste in this country because of the way in which the ruling party exercises its determination to hang onto the bone at all costs like a lion with its prey,” Smit criticised.
He suggested that the ministry cancels the requirements for progressing to AS, and that Grade 11's who obtained an average of 40% and above to continue to AS.
“The government has been failing out children for the last 30 years because it has politicised our education system,” Smit charged.
Nudo's Josef Kaundenge wanted to know if the Swapo government at independence has done due diligence when it decided to scrap the Bantu education system and replace it with the Cambridge education system.
Kaundenge said the Bantu education system was not wrong in its totality, but that the Swapo government was hell-bent to do away with it.
Minister of Labour, Utoni Nujoma, countered that the government at the time had benchmarked the old system against international standards, and opted for a different one.
Elma Dienda said the revised curriculum under discussion will force parents to look for alternative private schooling for their children who are being used by the ministry as guinea pigs.
Swanu president Dr Tangeni Iijambo said his heart breaks when he thinks of rural learners who walk kilometres to get to school, asking why the government does not avail money for school buses.
Iijambo added: “There is enough money in the country to buy school buses but there are people who think the money belongs in their own pockets. If you want to mess up a nation, mess up its education system. Swapo has been messing money, squandered, embezzled money and kept it in foreign accounts.”