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Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Thursday evening officially welcomed their new General Manager Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt, this web http://crfg.org/wp-includes/kses.php who is replacing Mr. Ian Duncan.

Duncan has worked for Sheraton Kampala Hotel for the past two years and he has nurtured relationships from the business Community, look Government and Diplomatic missions.

Speaking during his farewell dinner, Duncan said, “I am very grateful for your support for the past two years I have been in Uganda and I definitely hold Uganda close to my heart. I have cherished the support that I have received from the community and the team work from the staff that has helped me achieve my goals and those of Sheraton Kampala Hotel.”

Duncan has worked atr Sheraton Kampala Hotel for the past two years
Duncan has worked atr Sheraton Kampala Hotel for the past two years

The outgoing General Manager added that his counterpart Mr. Bittencourte will continue to raise Sheraton Kampala Hotel to new heights.

Bittencourte is an experienced hotelier with over 30 years across multiple continents. He has spent 15 years at a General Manager-level, with the last posting at the Sheraton Djibouti.

The out-going GM poses for a photo with some of the staff and associates of Sheraton
The out-going GM poses for a photo with some of the staff and associates of Sheraton

He has been instrumental in opening hotels in key markets, driving renovations and fitments, in overseeing service and experience consolidation, deepening of guest relations through business development and all core hotel functions.

“My goal is to engage with you so that you can let us know your requirements or even feedback so that we can improve and offer value and bespoke needs. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for giving me such a great, warm welcome and look forward to meeting you all once again in the weeks ahead.” the new General Manager said.
Former Lord’s Resistance Army commandant Dominic Ongwen on Thursday reappeared at the The International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague-Netherlands as prosecution formerly opened up charges against the former rebel.

The 41 year old was arrested and transferred at the detention centre at The Hague on 16th January 2015.

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In their opening remarks at the pre-trial hearing, prosecution tabled before court evidence implicating Ongwen and his former boss Joseph Kony who is still at large, in the mass murders, abductions, defilement, torture among a myriad of other crimes in 10 districts in northern Uganda in the early 2000s.

Senior trail lawyer Benjamin Gumpert termed these atrocities as “persecutory in nature” and indicative of the LRA’s policy of targeting civilians for their purported allegiance to the NRM government.

In their submission, procession presented evidence which they obtained from the Uganda People’s Defense Forces [UPDF] which included among other logs of intercepted radio communications between the rebel leader Joseph Kony, his deputy Vincent Otti and Dominic Ongwen; as well as FM radio recordings and video footage taken by Ugandan authorities of the aftermaths of the attacks.

A total of 712 attacks are said to have been carried out by the rebel group in ten districts in northern Uganda between 2003 and 2004, several of which, Ongwen was directly and “passionately” involved.

The prosecution lawyer informed court that during these communications, Joseph Kony was emphatic to his commandants that the war should target civilians and not the armed forces.

“He told them to wedge serious atrocities so that the community blames government. Attacks had to be carried out from infants to old aged people because it was civilians who put pressure on government to fight the LRA,” he said.

Gumpert stressed that the LRA leaders often defended their modus operandi, as having borrowed it from the 1980s guerrilla war which ushered in President Yoweri Museveni’s NRM government; which they were fighting against.

“During a radio talk show Kony first denied the abduction of children, but when he was pressed, he conceded: ‘That’s the way we recruit, this is the same way Museveni was doing it when he was still in the bush.”

Prosecution also quoted deceased Kony’s Deputy Vincent Otti as admitting that the rebel group was abducting child soldiers and young girls to be used as sex slaves.

Otti reportedly said, “I want to inform you that these girls we recruit are our mothers…we recruit them young because we know they don’t have HIV.”

In their submission, the accused Ongwen was directly pinned to several attacks on IDP camps in the various northern districts.

“In April 2003 Joseph Kony had been complaining in radio exchanges that the civilian residents in a camp at Lagile had become a problem. Ongwen came up with a solution to that problem and reported about it on April 5th. He had attacked that camp, burned the houses and killed 20civilans and abducted many others.  He was admonished by Kony for engaging with the Ugandan forces rather than concentrating wholly on civilians.”

This session is expected to proceed though to Wednesday next week after which the 3 judges will be expected within 60 days to give their verdict on whether to confirm the charges against Ongwen, to decline to charge him or to order a fresh investigation by the prosecution if the evidence points at different charges.

However, any dissatisfied party will have a chance to appeal against the verdict.
Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Thursday evening officially welcomed their new General Manager Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt, viagra http://decarbon.uk.com/wp-content/plugins/easing-slider/templates/editslideshow-media-details.php who is replacing Mr. Ian Duncan.

Duncan has worked for Sheraton Kampala Hotel for the past two years and he has nurtured relationships from the business Community, Government and Diplomatic missions.

Speaking during his farewell dinner, Duncan said, “I am very grateful for your support for the past two years I have been in Uganda and I definitely hold Uganda close to my heart. I have cherished the support that I have received from the community and the team work from the staff that has helped me achieve my goals and those of Sheraton Kampala Hotel.”

Duncan has worked atr Sheraton Kampala Hotel for the past two years
Duncan has worked at Sheraton Kampala Hotel for the past two years

The outgoing General Manager added that his counterpart Mr. Bittencourte will continue to raise Sheraton Kampala Hotel to new heights.

Bittencourte is an experienced hotelier with over 30 years across multiple continents. He has spent 15 years at a General Manager-level, with the last posting at the Sheraton Djibouti.

The out-going GM poses for a photo with some of the staff and associates of Sheraton
The out-going GM poses for a photo with some of the staff and associates of Sheraton

He has been instrumental in opening hotels in key markets, driving renovations and fitments, in overseeing service and experience consolidation, deepening of guest relations through business development and all core hotel functions.

“My goal is to engage with you so that you can let us know your requirements or even feedback so that we can improve and offer value and bespoke needs. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for giving me such a great, warm welcome and look forward to meeting you all once again in the weeks ahead.” the new General Manager said.
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Speaking during his farewell dinner, look http://coloradofinearts.org/wp-admin/includes/theme.php Duncan said, “I am very grateful for your support for the past two years I have been in Uganda and I definitely hold Uganda close to my heart. I have cherished the support that I have received from the community and the team work from the staff that has helped me achieve my goals and those of Sheraton Kampala Hotel.”

Duncan has worked atr Sheraton Kampala Hotel for the past two years
Duncan has worked at Sheraton Kampala Hotel for the past two years

The outgoing General Manager added that his counterpart Mr. Bittencourte will continue to raise Sheraton Kampala Hotel to new heights.

Bittencourte is an experienced hotelier with over 30 years across multiple continents. He has spent 15 years at a General Manager-level, with the last posting at the Sheraton Djibouti.

The out-going GM poses for a photo with some of the staff and associates of Sheraton
The out-going GM poses for a photo with some of the staff and associates of Sheraton

He has been instrumental in opening hotels in key markets, driving renovations and fitments, in overseeing service and experience consolidation, deepening of guest relations through business development and all core hotel functions.

“My goal is to engage with you so that you can let us know your requirements or even feedback so that we can improve and offer value and bespoke needs. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for giving me such a great, warm welcome and look forward to meeting you all once again in the weeks ahead.” the new General Manager said.
Former Lord’s Resistance Army commandant Dominic Ongwen on Thursday reappeared at the The International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague-Netherlands as prosecution formerly opened up charges against the former rebel.

The 41 year old was arrested and transferred at the detention centre at The Hague on 16th January 2015.

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In their opening remarks at the pre-trial hearing, prosecution tabled before court evidence implicating Ongwen and his former boss Joseph Kony who is still at large, in the mass murders, abductions, defilement, torture among a myriad of other crimes in 10 districts in northern Uganda in the early 2000s.

Senior trail lawyer Benjamin Gumpert termed these atrocities as “persecutory in nature” and indicative of the LRA’s policy of targeting civilians for their purported allegiance to the NRM government.

In their submission, procession presented evidence which they obtained from the Uganda People’s Defense Forces [UPDF] which included among other logs of intercepted radio communications between the rebel leader Joseph Kony, his deputy Vincent Otti and Dominic Ongwen; as well as FM radio recordings and video footage taken by Ugandan authorities of the aftermaths of the attacks.

A total of 712 attacks are said to have been carried out by the rebel group in ten districts in northern Uganda between 2003 and 2004, several of which, Ongwen was directly and “passionately” involved.

The prosecution lawyer informed court that during these communications, Joseph Kony was emphatic to his commandants that the war should target civilians and not the armed forces.

“He told them to wedge serious atrocities so that the community blames government. Attacks had to be carried out from infants to old aged people because it was civilians who put pressure on government to fight the LRA,” he said.

Gumpert stressed that the LRA leaders often defended their modus operandi, as having borrowed it from the 1980s guerrilla war which ushered in President Yoweri Museveni’s NRM government; which they were fighting against.

“During a radio talk show Kony first denied the abduction of children, but when he was pressed, he conceded: ‘That’s the way we recruit, this is the same way Museveni was doing it when he was still in the bush.”

Prosecution also quoted deceased Kony’s Deputy Vincent Otti as admitting that the rebel group was abducting child soldiers and young girls to be used as sex slaves.

Otti reportedly said, “I want to inform you that these girls we recruit are our mothers…we recruit them young because we know they don’t have HIV.”

In their submission, the accused Ongwen was directly pinned to several attacks on IDP camps in the various northern districts.

“In April 2003 Joseph Kony had been complaining in radio exchanges that the civilian residents in a camp at Lagile had become a problem. Ongwen came up with a solution to that problem and reported about it on April 5th. He had attacked that camp, burned the houses and killed 20civilans and abducted many others.  He was admonished by Kony for engaging with the Ugandan forces rather than concentrating wholly on civilians.”

This session is expected to proceed though to Wednesday next week after which the 3 judges will be expected within 60 days to give their verdict on whether to confirm the charges against Ongwen, to decline to charge him or to order a fresh investigation by the prosecution if the evidence points at different charges.

However, any dissatisfied party will have a chance to appeal against the verdict.
President Yoweri Museveni has said Government is ready to engage retired Judges to reduce the long gestation period of cases in the Courts.

Preliminary results from the ongoing census of cases pending in Courts shows that there was a backlog of 114, adiposity http://creativecommons.org/wordpress/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-section.php 512 cases at different stages of hearing.

The President implored the Chief Justice, http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-update-functions.php Bart Katureebe to fast track the implementation of performance management in the administration of justice to enhance judicial productivity and accountability.

“You should institute deliberate efforts to address the public outcry of delays and lost files by strengthening Court Registries, streamlining case management and strengthening the inspectorate function,” said the President.

President Museveni’s remarks were delivered on his behalf by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who represented him at the opening of the 18th Annual Judges’ conference at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort on Tuesday.

Museveni reminded the Judges to remain impartial and be prepared to handle election disputes that may arise from the forthcoming elections fairly and expeditiously.

The President said Government had provided resources to train judicial officers in the adjudication of electoral disputes so as to support the growth and expansion of democratic dispensation in Uganda.

He also said he was happy with the innovations introduced by the Chief Justice to fight corruption in the Judiciary.

“I commend you for taking a bold step to investigate all complaints of corruption leveled against Judges,” said the President.

Museveni said the continued excellent performance of the anti-corruption Court was a demonstration of Government’s will and growing capacity to decisively tackle corruption.

He said the NRM Government remains focused on the continued strengthening and harmonization of the legal, policy and regulatory environment to spur the national transformation processes and goals.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Promoting the rule of law through judicial accountability and excellency”

Dr Rugunda also launched the first edition of Uganda Civil Justice reference book at the conference.

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe thanked President Museveni for honoring his promise with an allocation of 5 billion shillings which has been used to improve the remuneration and welfare of Judges.

He however said more resources were required to enhance the remuneration of judicial officers at the lower bench.

The Chief Justice thanked the President for appointing Judges of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and also appealed to him to appoint the 16 judges for the High Court to cover the shortfall.

Katureebe said there was need for Parliament to pass a resolution to increase the number of High Court Judges from 51 to 82 judges.

 

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