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Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was in the country to officially launch Go Lotto, the latest gambling craze in town. Shinawatra who is the Chairman Advisory Board, Global PS Lotto, handed five boda boda to lucky winners and a Toyota double cabin to Saadi Kigozi. “Each time I come here I appreciate more and more why Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa. I am very excited about launching this service in Uganda and I hope that Go Lotto will benefit the people of Uganda,” said Shinawatra.

He said that Global PS Lotto Investment chose Uganda after he has tested lotto with people in his country and hopes it will assist in developing the lives of the people of Uganda. A significant portion of all the proceeds [30% of net proceeds] from the sale of Go Lotto tickets will be used to develop social and other programmes in Uganda and supporting the education, sports and health sectors.

“I feel very passionate in these areas and with my experience in Thailand where I introduced lotto while still the prime minister and got millions in revenue that I used to develop the said sectors, I hope by bringing Go Lotto to Uganda similar benefits can be achieved even here,” he said.

WHO IS SHINAWATRA

Born in1949, Thaksin Shinawatra is a businessman who was Prime Minister of Thailand from 2001 to 2006 until he was deposed in a military coup and was later charged with corruption.
Before that, Shinawatra was a successful telecom entrepreneur and one of the richest people in Thailand.

While Prime Minister, Shinawatra introduced a range of partly effective and highly popular policies to alleviate rural poverty. He launched the country's first universal healthcare programme, the 30-baht scheme, as well as drastic social order and drug suppression campaigns.
After being overthrown, Shinawatra’s most publicized investment was his acquisition of Manchester City Football Club, a popular club among Ugandan football fans today. He would later sell it off after running into financial trouble.

He managed to return to Thailand in early 2008 after the change of government there. However, after visiting Beijing during the Olympic Games, Shinawatra did not return to Thailand to hear corruption charges against him.
In October, the Supreme Court found him guilty of a conflict of interest and sentenced him in absentia to two years in jail.

In late 2008, it was reported that the UK had frozen $4.2 billion of his assets. However, the UK government has not confirmed or denied this claim.
Thaksin's economic policies, helped accelerate Thailand's economic recovery from the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis and substantially reduce poverty. GDP grew from 4.9 trillion baht at the end of 2001 to 7.1 trillion baht at the end of 2006 and Thailand repaid its debts to the International Monetary Fund two years ahead of schedule.

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+2 #1 Jason X 2010-02-17 23:41
Apart from lottery this fugitive also said that he has "ten gold mines in Uganda". Entire Uganda gold export, only 1% are from the source in Uganda, the rest came from Congo where human right was heavily violated. Can you smell foulplay?
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-1 #2 7 2010-02-18 01:10
Do you where taksin get corrupted money from during being Thailand PM ? Lottery, so he is surpising how he can get more money from your poor country.He will be more rich while your people are more poorer and more stupid with his business.
Don't you doubt why he can't live in his country and how many country in the world he can go.
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0 #3 d 2010-02-18 08:44
Do you wonder why he couldn't stand on his homeland? Please see his truth from these interview:sad:a nd ask yourself if you want chaos to happen in your country?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ap6dDxwKGI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USQDL2j66m0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTfDHwI15I4&feature=related

Go Lotto Let get in Chaos!!!!d
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+2 #4 Chart Thai 2010-02-18 13:11
Thaksin is struggling to free himself of bad name and the label of "Traitor" on his forehead every breathing minutes.

But it's in vain.

He's in deep serious trouble financially. All of his corrupted monies that he stole from Thailand and invested in various items overseas are almost dried up now.

The only friends and able to travel anywhere are within the African countries and Cambodia, where their leaders are dictatorial, famous for grave poverty and human rights violations. Other civilized countries in the West & Asia don't accept him into their lands.

The fastest & easiest means to earn his living so that he could live a rich & luxurious life in Dubai are monopolizing, gambling businesses and "dark" business deals and that's he's famous for as Thai leader we're ashamed of.

Thais don't want him to return as the Head of the Government. But we Thais want him back to serve his jail terms in the country. He still have many more other corruption court cases to defend himself, which is the main reason why he has to run away from Thailand.

Nobody pushed him out of Thailand. He walked away by himself. He asked for the Court permission to attend Chinese Summer Olympic opening ceremony.

Immediately right after the Chinese ceremony, he flew out of Peking and never return ever since. Instead, he's been barking through various channels that his verdict and other pending corruption charges were politically motivated. He repeatedly deny to accept any legal proceedings but he's been suing everyone in Thailand who write, speak, comment through various media sources.

Is Thaksin a person of respectable manners?

You bet what would be Thais' reply to that, right?

Cheers!!!
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-1 #5 red shirt in Thailand 2010-02-19 15:38
we missed you our PR minister Taksin and waiting for your comeback to develop homeland
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-1 #6 Thai Inter 2010-02-19 16:53
I totally agree with his Lotto vision. People love to gamble anyway. So better legalize it, make it transparent and on the ground, tax it, and use the earning for social benefit, as opposed to underground business that make the mafia richer then further support corrupt politician.

I feel sorry for the above commentators above who are so blind and brainwashed to fear and hate him. His enemies overthrow him while smear and portray him as monster. It's only the political power play and jealousy. Most people realize his contribution to the people and the country. That's why his enemies, especially the old power who has most to lose, have to use use the dirty way to get rid of him and do not want to contest in the proper election, which we could see big land slide victory for Thaksin again.
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-1 #7 Thai Inter 2010-02-19 16:54
I totally agree with his Lotto vision. People love to gamble anyway. So better legalize it, make it transparent and on the ground, tax it, and use the earning for social benefit, as opposed to underground business that make the mafia richer then further support corrupt politician.

I feel sorry for the above commentators above who are so blind and brainwashed. His enemies overthrow him while smear and portray him as monster. It's only the political power play and jealousy. Most people realize his contribution to the people and the country. That's why his enemies, especially the old power who has most to lose, have to use use the dirty way to get rid of him and do not want to contest in the proper election, which we could see big land slide victory for Thaksin again.
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+2 #8 Des.M 2010-02-20 19:35
No wonder this thug Thaksin is now plying his trade in our country, the lad has come to uganda to offer more lectures to the Ugandan NRM thugs on how to rob the country dry.

Thaksin is an international figutive who should not be allowed in our country, countries like UK realised he was causing them alot of shame both diplomatically and economically and forced him to sale off his former football club Man-city. Now he is in Uganda being shielded by his corrupt cohorts, the Museveni dictatorship. What a shame to our Country!
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