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Whitaker Testifies in Uganda Railway Corruption Probe

Whitaker (C) shaking hands with Ugandan MPs after listening to her testimony (Photo: Dickens Okello/Chimpreports)

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The fearless Gashumba basing on NTV The Beat music show which she co-hosts with Douglas Lwanga and Dave Dash slammed Ugandan video producers and directors saying that they were not professional.

She further said that they are not good time keepers as one video shoot can take the whole day and sometimes throughout the night.

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Gashumba was showing a clip of behind the scenes of the video shoot of Bebe Cool’s ‘Everywhere I Go’ song that was produced by God Father Productions in South Africa.

She was all full of praises for the South African based production saying that they were precise and to the point as they prepared so well and that everything went smooth. She added that all scenes were either done in one or two takes unlike in Uganda where a scene has to be repeated several times to be perfected.

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The God Father Productions is the same company that produced singer Eddy Kenzo’s ‘Be Happy’ video that broke a record of its own on YouTube as the most watched Ugandan video in just a few hours of uploading it.
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The fearless Gashumba basing on NTV The Beat music show which she co-hosts with Douglas Lwanga and Dave Dash slammed Ugandan video producers and directors saying that they were not professional.

She further said that they are not good time keepers as one video shoot can take the whole day and sometimes throughout the night.

Gashumba was showing a clip of behind the scenes of the video shoot of Bebe Cool’s ‘Everywhere I Go’ song that was produced by God Father Productions in South Africa.

She was all full of praises for the South African based production saying that they were precise and to the point as they prepared so well and that everything went smooth. She added that all scenes were either done in one or two takes unlike in Uganda where a scene has to be repeated several times to be perfected.

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Well, approved as usual some Ugandans producers didn’t take this criticism so well and they took offence. Some hit back saying that just because she has been at a few bad Ugandan music video shoots, she shouldn’t draw conclusions that all Ugandan video producers aren’t professional.

The God Father Productions is the same company that produced singer Eddy Kenzo’s ‘Be Happy’ video that broke a record of its own on YouTube as the most watched Ugandan video in just a few hours of uploading it.
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Duncan announced the introduction of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), a worldwide loyalty program which allows guests earn points on each night they sleep at the Sheraton Kampala.

“The SPG pro loyalty program allows individuals booking accommodation, meetings and other events to earn points that can be redeemed for hotel vouchers, various gifts and airline tickets.”

He added that in 2015, Sheraton Kampala Hotel will feature elements that matter most to guests and will stand out to be the modern, contemporary hotel with efficient and friendly services.

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Speaking during the re-launch on January 13, the Hotel Director of Sales and Marketing, Jenifer Bamuturaki Musiime alluded that this is all done with the view of easing and encouraging more indigenous people to check in.

“We want to demystify the thinking among our local population that Sheraton is an expensive place just left for foreign guest; we have cut the costs making them more friendly and informing the public that the hotel is as well open for those who would just want to walk in be served and thereafter leave and not only for members,” Bamuturaki said.

Answering why the hotel has only brought international expatriates leaving out the local, Bamuturaki said, “Sheraton doesn’t just bring in expatriates but it also takes out Ugandans abroad for further training; who are then brought back and recruited with much expertise.”

“We always hear stories of how many expatriates have come and taken Ugandan jobs but we rarely hear stories of those Ugandans that have gone abroad for jobs.”

“It works both ways for us as a country because when these experts come into the country, they leave after training some Ugandans raised to international standards.”
Details of the discussion between Ugandan MPs and Rose Whitaker, treatment http://cosmoveda.de/wp-admin/includes/file.php the former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa in the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have emerged.

Whitaker told the committee investigating corruption in the multi-billion Uganda railway project that she “only introduced” China Harbour Engineering Company (CHECL) to government, adding, she was inspired by the Chinese company’s “extraordinary ability to transform Uganda’s infrastructure.”

“I was not involved in the signing of any Memorandums of Understanding or any other deals that followed,” Whitaker was quoted as telling lawmakers before she flew back to Washington on Monday night.

She said if corruption or any underhand developments occurred later she was green about them and “not responsible at all.”

Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in 2014 ordered an investigation into the much-anticipated infrastructural project following reports that its cost was recently raised from $8bn to $11bn under mysterious circumstances and that the procurement process leading to the awarding of the contract to Chinese firm China Harbour Engineering Company (CHECL) was done in secrecy after edging out China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

President Museveni wrote to the Works Ministry in support of CHECL which was seconded to him by the powerful American lobbyist Whitaker.

“Some time ago, our Black American compatriot, Ms Rosa Whitaker…brought to us a Chinese group known as the China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHECL),” said Museveni in the letter dated September 9, 2012.

“It is, therefore, wise that you deal with CHECL who came first and, according to confidential information, have not attempted to pay any bribes,” he added.

Asked to shed more light on her motivation in introducing CHECL, Whitaker said she “shares a strong vision with CHECL as far as developing the African infrastructural potential and man power is concerned.”

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Sources said “she consistently maintained that it was out of passion that she brought CHECL” and that the company would develop the capacity of UPDF engineering brigade to start handling bigger construction projects when Chinese complete the railway construction.

Whitaker reportedly convinced Museveni to award the contract to CHECL after the company committed itself to develop capacity of UPDF Engineers in the construction and maintenance of Lake Victoria Port Infrastructure System and the Railway Infrastructure System; develop an Inland Port and a ship building facility at Bukasa not to mention a railway station.

Other related railway facilities would also be set up right from Kampala to Malaba and Bukasa Port and from Tororo to Pakwach before extending from Gulu to Nimule.

CHECL also promised to train UPDF Engineers and Technicians and remodel Tororo Barracks into a polytechnic centre thus cutting the cost of buying uniform and other attire from abroad.

With these benefits in sight and having worked closely with Whitaker, Museveni is said to have decided that CHECL takes the multi-billion deal, a move that angered CCECC which had already signed an MoU with Works Ministry to rebuild the eastern line of the railway.

Considering that CCECC had claimed investing ‘shs47bn’ in surveys, government decided to explore means of granting them a contract for the western line which the company rejected.

The western area is hilly, implying CCECC would invest more resources in the rehabilitation of the railway line, while the preferred eastern section is largely a flatland.

The move sparked off a political firestorm with government officials fighting in the media on behalf of the two antagonistic Chinese firms.

The Parliament committee has since held discussions with government officials, the latest being president Museveni at State House Entebbe last week.

Museveni reportedly told MPs that several government officials took bribes from CCECC and that corrupt organisations would not take part in the railway project.

Whitaker started the United States Trade Representative’s Office of African Affairs and was the lead U.S. negotiator for trade agreements with African countries.

Under her leadership, the U.S. was credited with a string of initiatives to enhance American trade, investment and economic cooperation with African countries.

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