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LAW FIRMS FIGHT OVER REPRESENTATION OF KAMPALA CASINO SHARES CASE

A war of legal clientele representation has erupted in Shs3.3 billion property dispute commercial case involving three businessmen over the shareholding of the premier gambling outfit, Kampala Casino.

In a letter dated February 22 that our reporter learnt of, a United Kingdom (UK) based law firm Epstein Rosenblum Maoz, has written to a local law firm Kiwanuka & Karugire Advocates & Solicitors faulting them for going ahead to representing Audley in commercial without permission from its directors.

In this letter, the UK Based law firm asserts that its client (Audley) instructed it, that the company was astonished to discover that Kiwanuka & Karugire Advocates & Solicitors law firm misrepresent itself as the company’s legal counsel in the proceedings initiated against it in the High Court of Uganda

The UK law firm states that it suspects Kiwanuka & Karugire Advocates & Solicitors were brought on board as their lawyers after getting instructions from Mr Kabonero and Peled.

But the UK law firm insists that Mr Kabonero and Peled have never been directors of Audley.

But in the affidavits submitted to court by Kabonero in reply to the claim, he asserts that on the basis of instructions from Kabonero and Peled are acting for the company in relation to the claim.

Audley Ltd is a foreign offshore company that owns the two casinos in Uganda namely; Kampala Casino and Pyramids Casino and its is one the respondents in the shareholding commercial dispute before the Commercial Court.

The other respondents are businessmen; Bob Kabonero, Shmuel Peled and Aharon Li Ran.

According to the response in reply to the commercial disoute filed by an Isreal businessman Shumuel Hirshberg Muli, Kiwanuka & Karugire Advocates & Solicitors respresented Mr Kabonero, Peled and Audley.

In the main commercial dispute, the Israeli investor (Muli) is seeking the orders of the Commercial Court to declare that he is the majority shareholder with 60% and the rest; Shmuel Peled owning 13.3%, Kabonero owning 13.3% and Aharon also owning 13.3%.

This property dispute arose late last year when the Israeli businessman Muli sued the three businessmen including Kabonero, seeking declarations that he is the majority shareholder of Audley Ltd, an offshore company that owns the two casinos.

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GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES MOSQUITO NETS DISTRIBUTION

By UTN Reporter

Government has launched another countrywide campaign to distribute Mosquito nets in a drive to kick Malaria out of the country.

The drive is aimed at consolidating the earlier achievements from the past campaigns, thus the Long Lasting Treated Mosquito Nets-LLIN’s.

The nets are more durable than those distributed earlier, and more cost effective.

Health Minister Jane Aceng flagged off a contingent of over 5,000 nets to 22 districts in the first phase of the Campaign.

The first 22 beneficiary districts include Agago, Gulu, Arua, Amuru, Alebtong, Apac, Adjumani among others. These areas are known for harboring a resistant Malaria trait to local drugs, threatening lives.

Minister Aceng says the first phase will last for about six weeks, expecting to give out a total of about 4 million nets.

The minister also stated that the first wave will last five weeks and will end on February 17, saying at the end, about 4 million nets will have been distributed.

Minister Aceng says the nets will be given to house holds, and the distribution will be guided by Government structures from local government level.

The six months campaign will run in six phases country-wide involving district level micro-planning units.

Minister Aceng calls on Ugandans to cooperate with the Village Health Teams.

DP OPPOSES PROPERTY TAX IN KAMPALA

NAMUTEBI HABIIBAH, NASSIWA RASHIDA and EMMA BAHEMBA

The Democratic Party Bloc is opposed to the new proposed property tax rate by Kampala Capital City Authority.

MUSEVENI GIVES HOPE TO UGANDANS IN 2017

I greet all of you the people of Uganda and congratulate you on finishing the year 2016 and wish you a prosperous 2017. I extend condolences to the families who lost their dear ones in the year that is just ended. During this year of 2016, we had successful general and local government elections. I congratulate Ugandans for voting their leaders peacefully. I also congratulate leaders who were elected.

SUDAN REBELS RETURN UGANDAN JUVENILES

BY JUAN ROSELINE

Police is holding three juveniles who were handled to the authorities in Koboko district by a South Sudan rebel out fit the SPLA-IO.

SUPREME COURT DISMISSES MBABAZI ELECTION PETITION

The Supreme Court in Kololo has dismissed the presidential poll petition filed by former premier Amama Mbabazi, challenging the outcome of the February 18 presidential polls in which NRM’s Yoweri Kaguta was declared winner.

ORIENT BANK STARTS ENTREPRENUERSHIP ACADEMY

Orient bank has commenced are financial literacy and entrepreneurship program set to offer grants of up to 30 million Ugandan shillings to existing businesses that have leaved up five year across the country.

The program funded by the bank aims at alleviating

NFA SURVEYS KAGOMBE FOREST LAND

Kibaale - At last official opening of the boundary for Kagombe Central Forest Reserve is set to begin before the end of April 2016 in a campaign to address the challenge of the continued encroachment and destruction of Natural Central Forest Reserves. The opening of the boundary follows the Court Order demanding that the NFA opens up the boundaries of the central forest reserves to allow communities understand

Gulu CSOs Grill Police Over Aine

Gulu - Civil Society Organizations in Gulu have Grilled Police there over the sluggish pace in investigating into the disappearance of Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi’s security aide Christopher Aine. The organizations have shown concern over the time taken by the Police to establish where Aine is or his body, saying the force owes Ugandans an explanation.

COOPERATIVES SUBMIT VIEWS TO PARLIAMENT

By Shakira Namatende

The cooperative Union in Uganda will Wednesday submit their views to Parliament on the proposed Cooperative Societies Bill 2014.

The bill seeks to regulate groupings in the category of

Cooperative Unions that are taking a strong mobilization wave in the Country side.

The cooperative Union is seen as a strong force that draws people together into uniformity seeking to address their economic and financial challenges.

As one of the activities to celebrate the International Cooperative Week, cooperators in Uganda will submit their views to the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, seeking for among other things an independent ministry, and fully fledged cooperative bank, and a degree of autonomy from their mother ministry of Trade.

They cooperators led by Uhuru Institute for Social Development will also carry out a tree planting campaign as a gesture to restore the environment.

Earlier on, the same body flanked by Uganda Cooperative Alliance donated blood in different Blood Banks countrywide, as a social responsibility gesture.

In Kampala, it was held at the Constitutional

Square, and a total of 15,000 units of blood were collected country wide.

As Leonard Okello the Chief Executive Officer Uhuru Institute explains, the country has a dire need for blood, a resource that is not manufactured anywhere, but human generosity determines its availability.

Byte……….Okello

The Institute partnered with Nakasero Blood Bank in this campaign with a target of at least 20,000 units of blood country wide.

Okello says the cooperators work towards an improved livelihood of the society, economic independence and improved healthy labor force for the country.

Byte………..Leonard Okello

Lilian Nantambi from the Nakasero Blood Bank say the collection is significant an will work to reduce the need across the country.

Byte……… Lilian Nantambi (Blood Donor Recruiter

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