Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hosni Mubarak Put To Trial

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
bsaint3@gmail.com; www.bbbakampa.blogspot.com

Today marked the marking of history in Egypt and Africa at large; former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was put to trial in the capital Cairo, six months after he was toppled by popular civil protests. Mubarak faces justice together with his two sons Gamal and Alaa, his Interior Minister Habib Al Adly, six other top officials of his regime and a prominent businessman who is being tried in absentia. The 11 accused are facing charges of corruption and murder, which they have denied.

Billions of dollars were embezzled from state coffers during Mubarak’s rein. The murder charges stem from the killing of opposition protesters early this year when more than 800 people were killed by security personnel allegedly on the orders of the accused persons. If convicted, they could face the death penalty.

Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt with an iron fist for 30 years, having come to power in October 1981 and overthrown on 11th February, 2011 following 18 days of protests. The former President is being tried at the Cairo Police Academy by Judge Refaat. According to Aljazeera, more than one 1000 police and troops are securing the complex against any possible violence. In fact there were clashes between the pro and anti Mubarak supporters at the complex.

The 83 year old former President arrived in an ambulance and appeared before the presiding Judge on a stretcher. But he looked healthy and in charge of his faculties contrary to media reports suggesting that he was too frail to face trial. It was an intimate moment for him and his sons in the dock as he repeatedly whispered in their ears. One of them was seen kissing his forehead.

To many Egyptians, this trial is a landmark achievement because it marks the fulfilment of a key demand of the revolution. Even after ceding power, more protests were held in Tahrir Square demanding Mubarak’s trial. The protesters accused the ruling military council of harbouring intentions to shield their former boss from prosecution. Egyptians from all walks of life turned up in large numbers to witness the trial. Court proceedings were broadcast on huge screens outside the court room. Credit goes to the military for delivering on the people’s demand.

This development demonstrates that people power is absolute and should be respected by all leaders. This should serve as a warning to all dictators that no amount of force can suppress citizens’ will forever. Syrian President Bashar Al Asaad ought to draw lessons here.

It is also clear that economic growth cannot be sustained without civil and political freedoms, which should not just be said to exist but should also be seen to exist. Mubarak regularly held fraudulent elections amounting to nothing but a sham and a mockery of democracy, prompting the people to rise up against him. Economic prosperity should serve to complement meaningful political engagement. The ‘development gospel’ should not be used to justify dictatorial tendencies because like U.S.A. President Barack Obama says, “Prosperity without freedom is a form of poverty.”

Hosni Mubarak and his co-accused should be accorded a fair trial that conforms to international standards. It should be handled expeditiously and transparently. Having watched Judge Refaat today, he didn’t strike me as being in charge of the proceedings, for he looked somewhat afraid and panicky. It is important for the authorities to guarantee his independence by guarding against intimidation and manipulation. As Egypt prepares a smooth transfer of power to civilian authorities in a free and fair election, she needs an impartial judiciary.