“Sadly, the investigation Committee of the Board of Directors of Radio Wa found out that you were involved in the disgraceful act. Therefore, the Board of Directors has decided to relieve you from serving Radio Wa as a Luo news anchor,” reads the July 10th termination letter. The letter indicates that Obwona would receive full payment for the month of July.
Moses Obwona, a former News anchor and reporter
at Radio Wa 89.8Fm has petitioned the Lira District Labor Office challenging
what he calls unfair termination of his employment. Obwona was dropped from the
station, which belongs to Lira Diocese Media Ltd, in July this year for
his alleged involvement in a staff strike.
The employees laid down their tools in June
this year demanding the removal of the director for alleged maladministration. On
June 29th, the Board of Directors convened a meeting in, which they
resolved to temporarily suspend Obwona alongside two
other staffs including the director.
That you step aside out of your position of
service/ program you are handling at Radio Wa starting from 2nd to 9th of July
to give avenue for investigations. You will then be notified of its outcome,”
the letter reads in part. Obwona was implicated in the investigations
that were concluded within a week leading to the termination of his contract.
"Sadly, the investigation Committee of the
Board of Directors of Radio Wa found out that you were involved in the
disgraceful act. Therefore, the Board of Directors has decided to relieve you
from serving Radio Wa as a Luo news anchor,” reads the July 10th
termination letter. The letter indicates that Obwona would receive full payment
for the month of July.
Now, Obwona has run to the District
Labor Officer to challenge the termination of his employment, saying he was impulsively
dismissed without a fair hearing as provided for in the Human Resource Policy,
Guidelines and Regulations 2010 (2nd Revision 2014) of Radio Wa Lira Diocese
In his July 22nd,
2020 letter to the labor office, Obwona says the organization deceitfully
refused to pay his requisite terminal benefits, which has since injured his
emotions, faith and the people under his care. The above actions he says
contravene provisions in the employment Act 2006. His complaint is
registered as a labor dispute No_ 2020/LDLG/LD/07/003 at the Lira District
The office has summoned the accused parties for negotiations.
Magdalene Kasuku, the Director of Programs at the station declined to comment
on the matter, saying it is being handled at a higher level. Sam Opira, a former
English news anchor and talk show host who resigned from the same radio station
recently supports Obwona’s decision to seek legal redress.
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He advised management to listen to their staff complaints
instead of making rushed decisions, which may end up affecting the Radio as a
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Radio Wa is well known for the role it played in the
pacification of Northern Uganda during the the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel
insurgency in the region.