Imperial Royale to Refund $1.4million Chogm Money

Imperial Royale Hotel

Incumbent Kabale district woman Member of Parliament Rita Rona Ninsiima has conceded defeat in the February 18 parliamentary elections and decided to go back to school.

Ninsiima, sales a graduate of development studies from Makerere University says after serving her term that ends in May, more about she is heading back to grab her master’s degree in international relations

Ninsiima lost to Catherine Atwakire Ndamira of the National Resistance Movement, who was her campaign manager in the 2011 election where she stood as an independent and defeated former agriculture Minister Hope Mwesigye Ruhindi.

She appreciated the time that the people of Kabale gave her to serve them in parliament, adding that she never felt defeated.

“We may not see the results of our struggle soon but at some point in life people will understand what we were talking about,” said Ninsiima.

Ninsiima says that even though the elections were marred with vote bribery, with some church leaders urging the people to vote those of their religion; her going to parliament was not a matter life and death.

The Commercial Court in Kampala has ordered government to recover USD 1.4 million from Imperial Royale Hotel, this web for failing to offer hotel facilities and accommodation to visitors during the 2007 Common Wealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in Kampala.

Justice Henry Peter Adonyo also ordered that the Hotel pays government Shs 800 million as damages for breach of contract as well as  lowering  the country’s esteem and  renown global  hospitality .

Government successfully won a case against Imperial Royale Hotel for failing to accommodate its visitors at a crucial time yet government had made an advance payment of $2.5 million for the hotel services.

Government says that after the payment of the said money in June 2007,  an independent firm was hired to audit the hotel facilities but its findings revealed that the Hotel rooms were not ready for accommodation by 18th November 2007 during the arrival of some of the CHOGM delegates.

The government adds that since then, it demanded for the refund of the money that had been paid to Imperial Hotel which paid back only 152 dollars, adding that the rest of the money had been already used in providing services to the guests.

In the judgement delivered this morning, Justice Adonyo condemned the manner in which the Hotel and other “pretenders” access public funds at the detriment of tax payers who again shoulder the burden to defend government suits in courts Imperial Hotel has been ordered to foot all the costs for this suit.




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