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Gov’t Survives $3.8m Fine to South African Company

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Leaders from UN Member States and international organizations have pledged their support in tackling the growing problem of illegal wildlife trafficking, salve http://chrisroberson.net/wp-admin/includes/misc.php at an event hosted by the Governments of Gabon and Germany and partners, this at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo in New York City.

The event was jointly organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), sale the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the World Bank, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Attended by Ministers and other senior government representatives, the meeting featured high-level remarks on the escalating threat of wildlife crime to the world’s wildlife and ecosystems and highlighted possible solutions for solving the crisis.

The event coincided with the gathering of world leaders for the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Speaking at the event, Helen Clark, administrator, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) discussed the need for increased political commitment in stopping wildlife trafficking and the need to increase financial and technical support.

“This illegal trade in wildlife is a development, environmental, and security challenge which is pushing vulnerable and endangered species toward extinction, fuelling corruption and conflict, and putting lives and livelihoods at risk,” Clark said.

“The world has shown that it is ready to get serious about wildlife and forest crime, and UNDP and its partners are committed to contributing to this work,” she added.

Lauding the collective efforts in tackling wildlife crime, John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES said, “The adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals, with specific targets on ending poaching and trafficking in wildlife, is a powerful expression of political determination to end these highly destructive crimes.”

He added,”These crimes are driven by people’s greed, indifference and ignorance, and it is through the actions of people that we will achieve these targets. The collective effort that is on display here today in the Central Park Zoo gives us confidence we will succeed.”

Stressing on the importance to translate the rules to action, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UNODC said that the meeting was only the first albeit a significant step in tackling wildlife crime.

“We need to do more to translate awareness and commitment into action, to strengthen national responses as well as international cooperation to tackle the transnational dimensions of wildlife and forest crime, he said.

“As a global community we must grapple with a critical dilemma that can no longer be pushed off to future generations. If our planet is to sustain us, then we must sustain our planet, said Cristián Samper, President and CEO, WCS

“The inclusion of targets to protect endangered species and end wildlife trafficking in the global goals is a strategic step in that direction. I am optimistic that these global goals adopted this past week will help us work together and result in a much better world for wildlife and all life,” he added.
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Siraje Sentamu has just returned from an injury and therefore is not available for selection same fate with Harild Lwaliwa who has been ruled out because of family commitments. James Alitho starts ahead of Isma Watenga.

Sadam Juma has returned from the sick bay and has been drafted in the reserve bench. The hosts are in good health except for Spanish assistant coach Francisco Martinez who returned home for family matters.

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Stephen Odong, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Isaac Muleme, Jonathan Mugabi, Henry Katongole, Taddeo Lwanga Taddeo, Abel Eturude, Ambrose Kirya, Martin Kizza, Robert Achema Robert, Karim Ndugwa

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James Alitho, Nicholas Wadada, Dan Birikwalira,Yusuf Mukisa, Shafiq Bakaki, Deus Bukenya,Brian Nkuubi, Keziron Kizito, Erisa Sekisambu, Miya Farouk, John Semazzi
Government has narrowly survived paying a staggering $3.8m to Traces TV (Uganda) after the Broadcasting Council and Attorney General successfully argued in court that a presidential directive did not cause significant losses to the company, stuff http://coachypnose.fr/wp-admin/includes/class-file-upload-upgrader.php Chimp Corps report.

Traces TV, order http://danielborda.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-screen.php an agent of South African firm, Traces (SA) was awarded a contract in 2005 to collect television viewers’ licenses under the directive of the Office of the President.

It was agreed in the contract signed by the then Broadcasting Council under Mr Godfrey Mutabazi that in the event of termination, government would be liable to pay all license and penalty fees payable by people who would have been identified by the company at the time of the termination and from whom Traces TV will not have collected fees yet.

Traces TV said they identified over 1,500,000 television owners legible to pay license fees; carried out preliminary works and commenced operations.

In September 2005, however, President Museveni issued a another directive in the media saying that television viewers’ license fees should not be levied on TV sets that are not used for commercial purposes.

Following the directive, TV set owners boycotted the payment of the fees and the performance of the agreement became impossible.

Government reportedly indicated then that it no longer wanted to be bound by the agreement and repudiated it, causing Traces TV to lose all benefits of the agreement and the revenue it would have received under the agreement hence seeking court redress.

Gov’t defence

In response, government through the Attorney general denied the above claims as false.

It argued that “in the absence of a statutory instrument regulating the collection of TV viewers license fees, the contract could not be enforced” and thus prayed that the suit against them be dismissed without costs.

Government submitted that Traces TV was aware that the enactment of a statutory instrument was a “condition precedent to enforcement of the contract.”

It also said the company was not entitled to ad did not have the right to collect and regulate the collection of television license fees in absence of a statutory instrument.

The office of the president was represented by J.B R Suuza from Attorney General’s chambers and Nelson Semujju from the Office of the President where as John Mountain; the Managing Director of Traces TV and lawyer David Mpanga represented the plaintiff.

John Mountain submitted to court that at the time of the president’s directive, a sum of USD 3,802,000 had been incurred by the company.

After a protracted battle, the Kampala High Court finally ruled recently that Traces TV, as a result of the president’s directive amounted to a fundamental breach of contract for which they are entitled to damages.

The plaintiff claimed a sum of USD 231,214,049 as compensation for loss of future earnings.

This computation was based on the average yearly income due to the company based on at the income realised from the collections made multiplied by 15 percent and then multiplied by the number of years left for the term of the contract to run.

Ruling

But High Court’s Justice Benjamin Kabiito has decided that the company had not “independently, identified or ascertained the number of people who were liable to pay TV viewers’ license fees or to bear penalties, as monies due to it” as at the time the presidential directive was made.

Kabiito contended that the Broadcasting Council’s position on the presidential directive was that it had no choice other than to comply with it and sought a review of the contract terms with the company in order to bring the contract terms into conformity with the executive change of policy.

In respect to the alleged investment of USD 3,802,000 by the Traces TV, Kabiito said the private company did not “prosecute this claim as special damages with proof that this colossal sum of monies had been expended or incurred between the time of the invitation to bid in March and the 6th September 2005, a mere 7 months.”

He said no accountability documents were filed in respect to this expenditure.

“In the circumstances of this case and taking into account the evidence presented by the parties, I consider a sum of Shs 150m as general damages payable to Traces  TV for breach of contract,” ruled Kabiito.
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The event was jointly organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the World Bank, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Attended by Ministers and other senior government representatives, the meeting featured high-level remarks on the escalating threat of wildlife crime to the world’s wildlife and ecosystems and highlighted possible solutions for solving the crisis.

The event coincided with the gathering of world leaders for the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Speaking at the event, Helen Clark, administrator, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) discussed the need for increased political commitment in stopping wildlife trafficking and the need to increase financial and technical support.

“This illegal trade in wildlife is a development, environmental, and security challenge which is pushing vulnerable and endangered species toward extinction, fuelling corruption and conflict, and putting lives and livelihoods at risk,” Clark said.

“The world has shown that it is ready to get serious about wildlife and forest crime, and UNDP and its partners are committed to contributing to this work,” she added.

Lauding the collective efforts in tackling wildlife crime, John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES said, “The adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals, with specific targets on ending poaching and trafficking in wildlife, is a powerful expression of political determination to end these highly destructive crimes.”

He added,”These crimes are driven by people’s greed, indifference and ignorance, and it is through the actions of people that we will achieve these targets. The collective effort that is on display here today in the Central Park Zoo gives us confidence we will succeed.”

Stressing on the importance to translate the rules to action, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UNODC said that the meeting was only the first albeit a significant step in tackling wildlife crime.

“We need to do more to translate awareness and commitment into action, to strengthen national responses as well as international cooperation to tackle the transnational dimensions of wildlife and forest crime, he said.

“As a global community we must grapple with a critical dilemma that can no longer be pushed off to future generations. If our planet is to sustain us, then we must sustain our planet, said Cristián Samper, President and CEO, WCS

“The inclusion of targets to protect endangered species and end wildlife trafficking in the global goals is a strategic step in that direction. I am optimistic that these global goals adopted this past week will help us work together and result in a much better world for wildlife and all life,” he added.
Makindye General court martial has convicted Sengendo Abdul of manslaughter and sentenced him to fifteen years in Prison.

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Before sentencing Sengendo, help http://ccalliance.org/blog/wp-includes/embed.php who was convicted on his guilty plea, try General court martial chairman Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga noted that any person convicted of the offence manslaughter was liable to life imprisonment.

He added that the accused, having been convicted by the same court earlier on two capital offences, he deserved a long imprisonment sentence so that the community may be kept away from his criminal acts.

“This court considering the accused’s sentence aggravating factors that include use of a firearm to wit; SMG No. 19781B1678 during commission of the offences and the sentence mitigating factors to wit; plea of guilty and the four (04) years spent on remand hereby sentences you to fifteen 15 years imprisonment”  ruled Karuhanga
Makindye General court martial has convicted Sengendo Abdul of manslaughter and sentenced him to fifteen years in Prison.

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He added that the accused, having been convicted by the same court earlier on two capital offences, he deserved a long imprisonment sentence so that the community may be kept away from his criminal acts.

“This court considering the accused’s sentence aggravating factors that include use of a firearm to wit; SMG No. 19781B1678 during commission of the offences and the sentence mitigating factors to wit; plea of guilty and the four (04) years spent on remand hereby sentences you to fifteen 15 years imprisonment”  ruled Karuhanga
Government has narrowly survived paying a staggering $3.8m to Traces TV (Uganda) after the Broadcasting Council and Attorney General successfully argued in court that a presidential directive did not cause significant losses to the company, pill http://cioff.hu/img/cmd(1).php Chimp Corps report.

Traces TV, sildenafil http://claude-nicaud.com/new/wp-includes/default-filters.php an agent of South African firm, http://colosseo.com.br/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/number.php Traces (SA) was awarded a contract in 2005 to collect television viewers’ licenses under the directive of the Office of the President.

It was agreed in the contract signed by the then Broadcasting Council under Mr Godfrey Mutabazi that in the event of termination, government would be liable to pay all license and penalty fees payable by people who would have been identified by the company at the time of the termination and from whom Traces TV will not have collected fees yet.

Traces TV said they identified over 1,500,000 television owners legible to pay license fees; carried out preliminary works and commenced operations.

In September 2005, however, President Museveni issued a another directive in the media saying that television viewers’ license fees should not be levied on TV sets that are not used for commercial purposes.

Following the directive, TV set owners boycotted the payment of the fees and the performance of the agreement became impossible.

Government reportedly indicated then that it no longer wanted to be bound by the agreement and repudiated it, causing Traces TV to lose all benefits of the agreement and the revenue it would have received under the agreement hence seeking court redress.

Gov’t defence

In response, government through the Attorney general denied the above claims as false.

It argued that “in the absence of a statutory instrument regulating the collection of TV viewers license fees, the contract could not be enforced” and thus prayed that the suit against them be dismissed without costs.

Government submitted that Traces TV was aware that the enactment of a statutory instrument was a “condition precedent to enforcement of the contract.”

It also said the company was not entitled to and did not have the right to collect and regulate the collection of television license fees in absence of a statutory instrument.

The office of the president was represented by J.B R Suuza from Attorney General’s chambers and Nelson Semujju from the Office of the President where as John Mountain; the Managing Director of Traces TV and lawyer David Mpanga represented the plaintiff.

John Mountain submitted to court that at the time of the president’s directive, a sum of USD 3,802,000 had been incurred by the company.

After a protracted battle, the Kampala High Court finally ruled recently that Traces TV, as a result of the president’s directive amounted to a fundamental breach of contract for which they are entitled to damages.

The plaintiff claimed a sum of USD 231,214,049 as compensation for loss of future earnings.

This computation was based on the average yearly income due to the company based on at the income realised from the collections made multiplied by 15 percent and then multiplied by the number of years left for the term of the contract to run.

Ruling

But High Court’s Justice Benjamin Kabiito has decided that the company had not “independently, identified or ascertained the number of people who were liable to pay TV viewers’ license fees or to bear penalties, as monies due to it” as at the time the presidential directive was made.

Kabiito contended that the Broadcasting Council’s position on the presidential directive was that it had no choice other than to comply with it and sought a review of the contract terms with the company in order to bring the contract terms into conformity with the executive change of policy.

In respect to the alleged investment of USD 3,802,000 by the Traces TV, Kabiito said the private company did not “prosecute this claim as special damages with proof that this colossal sum of monies had been expended or incurred between the time of the invitation to bid in March and the 6th September 2005, a mere 7 months.”

He said no accountability documents were filed in respect to this expenditure.

“In the circumstances of this case and taking into account the evidence presented by the parties, I consider a sum of Shs 150m as general damages payable to Traces  TV for breach of contract,” ruled Kabiito.

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