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Sejusa Goes to Court over Army Retirement

 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been voted the best tourist destination in the recent Uganda Tourism Excellence Awards.

Situated in Uganda’s south western district of Kanungu, approved http://citizenspace.us/wp-includes/nav-menu.php Bwindi is habitat to colobus monkeys, ed http://danmarknorge.org/wp-includes/locale.php chimpanzees and a number of bird species.

Most notable however, pills http://cctvcameraz.com/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php Bwindi is home to over 300 mountain gorillas and it’s said that this is half of the world’s population.

This is perhaps what draws a range of foreign tourists in the park to visit the world’s critically endangered species (gorillas).

Currently, Bwindi has 4 habituated mountain gorilla groups namely; Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura and the Nkuringo group.

In addition to gorillas, tourists will also be lucky to see 350 bird species, over 200 butterfly species and 120 other mammals.

The thick forest commonly referred to as ‘impenetrable’ comprises of 324 tree species most of which have stood for centuries.

At the inaugural awards held at Kampala Serena Hotel, many other individuals and institutions whose contribution to Uganda’s conservation and tourism has been significant were recognized.

James Tumusiime, the board chairman Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) observed that there’s need for government to increase its budgetary allocation to the tourism sector given its potential.

The award for Best Luxury hotel was taken by Chobe Safari Lodge located in Murchison falls national park while Bunyonyi Overland Resort in Kabale was voted Best Mid Range Hotel.

Red Chilli also in Murchison Falls was awarded Best Budget Hotel and Ntoroko Game Lodge took the award for Best Camp site.

Renowned tourism enthusiast Amos Wekesa, who’s also CEO Great Lakes Safaris was recognized as the Best Male Tourism Personality.

It’s no wonder that his company scooped the award for Best local tour operator.

Matooke Tours got awarded as Best International Tour Operator whereas Brussels Air won Best Airline.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and World Bank were recognized for their supportive role in promoting Uganda’s tourism.

Other winners included;

Barbra Ariel – Best Female Tourism Personality

Igongo Cultural Centre in Mbarara – Best Cultural Centre

New Vision – Best Tourism Print Media

Diary of a Muzungu – Best Tourism Digital Media

Uganda Ekkula (Bukedde Tv) – Best Tourism TV Program

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre – Best Conservation Agency

Solomon Olemy – Best Tourism Journalist

Tinka’s Homestead – Best Homestead

Archilles Byaruhanga – Best Conservation Personality

Deogratius Muhumuza – Best General Safari Guide
Former Intelligence Organisations Coordinator General David Tinyefuza alias Sejusa has dragged the government of Uganda to High Court for refusing to retire him from the Army/UPDF.

Sejusa in his application claims that he has been serving this country in both Police and military for the last 34 years until on 8th/April/2015 when he decided to communicate to the UPDF commissions and promotions board his decision to retire.

The NRA war historical adds the promotions board is unlawfully withholding his discharge certificate yet it no longer pays his salary and benefits.

The ex spymaster further accuses the army of withdrawing his army uniform and guns, more about http://colourtherapy.com.au/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/admin/customizer.php refusal to deploy him not to mention denying him transport, approved meals and accommodation.

Sejusa further adds that  all the above amounts to what he terms as constructive discharge for which he would be issued a discharge certificate, salary arrears and retirement benefits that government has to date withheld.

He went ahead to accuse the UPDF commission of being discriminative  by refusing to discharge him yet other officers including Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Gen Salim Saleh, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, Gen Tumukunde and  others were not denied retirement upon application.

The senior army officer thereby seeks court to issue “mandatory orders directing the UPDF commission to grant his discharge certificate, prohibit his purported deployment as an active officer , compute and pay all his retirement benefits and damages as compensation for wrongfully withholding him in the army since April 2015.”

The Attorney General together with the UPDF commission has been listed as respondents and are expected to file their defence with court.

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