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    Uganda Wins Three International Tourism Awards For Explore Uganda The Pearl Of Africa Film…

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    Uganda being crowned this year’s Grand Prix and two times Gold award winner by the International Tourism Film Festival Africa for its film Explore Uganda – The Pearl of Africa.

    Uganda has been crowned this year’s Grand Prix and two times Gold award winner by the International Tourism Film Festival Africa for its film ‘Explore Uganda The Pearl of Africa’.

    The film premiered by Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is an invitation to the world to rediscover the beauty of the Pearl of Africa.

    At the prestigious Awards Ceremony held at the Cape Town City Hall on Friday evening, UTB received the Gold Award for Tourist Destination Country in Africa, Gold Award for Tourist Destination Country Internationally, and the Grand Prix Award for Tourism destination country in Africa.

    The International Tourism Film Festival (ITFF) Africa Awards are part of the world’s leading film festivals and the only one in Africa with other circuits such as the New York Film Festival (USA), Cannes Film Festival in France, Terres Travel festival in Tortosa, Spain and the Amorgos Tourism Film Festival in Greece.

    The awards seek to honor exceptional and innovative video content related to the tourism and travel industry, accessible on all continents, and can be seen and used on various platforms.

    Commenting moments after receiving the award in Cape Town, UTB Chief Executive Officer Lilly Ajarova said, “It is an honor and our pleasure to receive these awards. Besides being a great motivation to our sector. We shall leverage the recognition to maintain high standards for ourselves in terms of sustainability, quality, and experience. This will also add to our voice to continuously position Uganda as a destination of choice in Africa and Internationally,.”

    The film, which is now part of Uganda’s refreshed destination brand identity seeks to increase arrivals in the destination as the global travel industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic. UTB is also working with all stakeholders to rebuild and restart the sector as the global tourism and travel industry resumes.

    The new brand is underpinned by a call to action for travelers to discover the true essence of what Uganda has to offer the world.

    “I would like to thank the Jury for finding us worthy of these awards. As a country, we are happy to be associated with ITFFA and we welcome all of you to come and Explore the Pearl of Africa as we continuously make it easy for tourists across the globe to visit us,” Uganda Tourism State Minister, Hon. Martin Mugarra Bahinduka said in his acceptance speech.

    Hugo Marcos, General Secretary of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT) also noted that, “The Explore Uganda Destination Video was one of the most rated films in the competition. It highlighted the uniqueness, authenticity, and variety of Uganda’s beauty and inspired the jury and the film viewers to visit Uganda now.”

    According to records, tourism remains one of the fastest-growing sectors in Uganda, earning the country over USD$1.6 billion in 2019, and accounting for 7.7% of the national GDP.

    Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is a statutory organization established in 1994. Its roles and mandate were reviewed in the Tourism Act of 2008.

    The Board’s mandate is to promote and market Uganda across the region and internationally, promote quality assurance in tourist facilities through training, grading, and classification, promote tourism investment, and support, and act as a liaison for the private sector in tourism development.

    The broader goals of the Board are to increase the contribution of tourism earnings and GDP, improve Uganda’s competitiveness as an international tourism destination and increase Uganda’s share of Africa’s and the World tourism market.

    UTB also aims to create inclusive opportunities for the tourism sector through market transformation.

     

    By Kobusiinge Monica

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    Travellers Left In Shock After City Businessman Dies On Ethiopian Airlines Flight From Dubai…

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    Travellers and staff at Entebbe International Airport were on Tuesday afternoon left in panic mode after a businessman identified as Yusuf Kulembera died aboard Ethiopian Airlines plane minutes after it landed at Entebbe International Airport.

    Without revealing the cause of his death, Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCCA) spokesperson, Vianney Luggya, noted that doctors confirmed Kulembera’s death upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport.

    “The passenger arrived aboard Ethiopian airlines that touched down at 1:47 pm. The doctors checked and confirmed his death. The body was then taken to City Mortuary Mulago, Kampala for postmortem,” Luggya confirmed.

    According to reports, Kulembera, a resident of Nkumba, Katabi Town Council in Wakiso District was flying to Dubai for business.

     

    By Kobusiinge Monica

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    Why Money Lender Is Auctioning Bitature’s Multibillion Posh Hotels, Tycoon’s Lawyers Reveals Next Step…

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    Tycoon Bitature (Top R) and some of the properties that the money lender wants to take

    Vantage Mezzanine Fund 11 Partners, a South Africa money lending company through their lawyers of M/S Kirunda & Wasige Advocates have hired the services of Quickway Auctioneers & Court Bailiffs to auction properties worth billions belonging to city tycoon Patrick Bitature, the proprietor of the Simba Properties Investments Companies Limited.

    In an Advert placed in Wednesday’s Daily Monitor newspaper, the Court Bailiffs informed the debtor Bitature that he has only 30 days to pay the amount of money with interests borrowed from their client otherwise his properties will be sold off through auctioning.

    Among the properties which the set to be sold include Protea Hotel-Naguru (Skyz Hotel), Elizabeth Royal Apartments and Moyo Close Apartments.

    Bitature’s troubles started in 2014 when he secured a $10m loan from Vantage Mezzanine and he used the said properties as security.

    However, Bitature’s lawyer Fred Muwema rubbished the said auctioning claiming that it is illegal and violates the laws governing the auctioning process.

    The advert in today’s Daily Monitor auctioning Bitature’s properties

    The furious lawyer even threatened to sue the Daily Monitor for advertising illegal and malicious information against his client claiming that the matter was settled in Justice Musa Ssekaana’s ruling.

    He insisted that High Court judge Ssekana refused to allow the auctioning and advised both parties to wait for the pending judgement before the High Court Commercial Division in Kampala.

    Vantage Mezzanine dragged Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB), Simba Properties Investment Company Limited, Simba Telecom Limited, Linda Properties Limited, Elgon Terrace Hotel Limited to court for failing to transfer the mortgaged properties into their names.

    When Bitature failed to pay his loan, Vantage started the process of transferring the shares of the mortgaged properties but URSB refused to implement the process that is why they were also sued.

    In their suit, Vantage wanted a Court declaration that it was illegal for URSB to refuse to register documents lodged to transfer the mortgage.

    However, Bitature through his lawyers wants Court to declare that it was illegal for Vantage to register the transfer until the completion of the Commercial Court matter.

    An affidavit from Moses Muziki, on behalf of the applicant stated that on 18th June, 2021, the applicant lodged documents relating to the transfer of shares in Simba Properties Investments Company Limited, Simba Properties Limited, Linda Properties Limited and Elgon Terrace Hotel Limited.

    He added that the respondents did not comply with the law and did not provide the applicant with a satisfactory reason for not registering the shares and their lawyers learnt that the respondent’s lawyers were requesting to halt the process.

    “This Court would have issued an order of mandamus compelling the applicant’s request to consider the registration of their documents on merit or advance reasons for denial or refusal to register the same in accordance with the law,” the judge ruled.

    Muwema based on the above ground to protest the process of auctioning their client’s properties.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Ministry Of Works Lifts Suspension On Link Bus Company After Accident That Killed Over 20 People In Fort Portal …

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    The government has agreed to lift the two-week suspension that had been imposed on Link Bus Company after the accident that claimed over 20 lives and left several others severely injured in Fort Portal last week.

    According to the preliminary report from the investigation done by the Ministry of Works and Transport, the accident has been attributed to a human error on the side of the bus driver.

    Following the deadly accident, the government consequently suspended Link buses for a period of two weeks for investigations into what could have caused the accident.

    However, on Friday, the Minister for Works and Transport Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala revealed that the government has finally lifted the suspension.

    “Having gone through all the processes and convinced that Link Bus has taken the necessary process to address the challenges and have put in place measures to address gaps that were there, we have taken the decision to lift the suspension against Link buses,” Gen. Katumba said.

    “They can start going back to the routes and also address some of the gaps created by their absence,” he added.

    He said the decision to lift the suspension was reached after the bus company offered to pay the bills for burial arrangements and medical treatment for the dead and injured respectively.

    Gen. Katumba has thus noted that only buses and drivers that have been verified by the ministry will be allowed to operate.

    The lifting of the suspension comes as a relief to both members of the public and the bus company that has been anxiously waiting for this especially parents with students going back to school.

    Following the suspension of the bus company, the other bus companies plying the routes that Link buses were operating had taken advantage and hiked prices due to the influx of passengers and a number of passengers were on several occasions seen stranded after the suspension was announced.

    “We should avoid road carnage because it has adverse effects on families, overstretching health sector and economy. It is my appeal that all users are responsible while we use the road. As a driver, consider yourself the only sensible person on the road. You must know there is a vehicle in front, front the sides, behind and Boda Bodas,” Gen. Katumba cautioned.

     

    By Kobusiinge Monica

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