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Secretary Sues Equal Opportunities Commission for Unfair Dismissal

Kasamba joined the commission in January 2017 from Kasese District Local Government on a three-year contract, which would have ended this month. However, he says, the commission, which is constitutionally mandated to eliminate discrimination and inequalities against any individual or group of persons in Uganda, was run along tribal lines, an approach which made the working environment toxic and unbearable.
The Interdicted Senior Assistant Secretary to the Equal Opportunities Commission-EOC, Henry Kasamba Asiimwe has sued the commission and its Chairperson, Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi for erroneous dismissal.  

In an application filed before the Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala, Kasamba alleged that his contract was unfairly terminated on grounds of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and false accounting. 

Kasamba joined the commission in January 2017 from Kasese District Local Government on a three-year contract, which would have ended this month. However, he says, the commission, which is constitutionally mandated to eliminate discrimination and inequalities against any individual or group of persons in Uganda, was run along tribal lines, an approach which made the working environment toxic and unbearable.  

According to Kasamba, his failure to join a clique led by the Commission’s chairperson Sylvia Ntambi was the genesis of his troubles, since he was deliberately isolated and openly fought. 

He recalls that when he was still new at the commission, he received a phone call from the Principal Investigation Officer only identified as Kakooza, who was in need of a vehicle to be used by the Chairperson on her private duties. 

Kasamba, who also doubled as the commission’s transport officer explains that he rejected the request because he had only one vehicle which was also needed by a team going to the field on official duties. Because of this, the Principal Investigation Officer, alleged to be Ntambi’s Confidant, told him that he would be punished for insubordination. 

On May 15, 2019, Kasamba was interdicted on allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds false accounting. In the interdiction letter, the chairperson Sylvia Ntambi allegedly pointed out that she was acting on behalf of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit.   

Kasamba presented documents indicating that Ntambi had written to the State House Anti-Corruption Unit led by Lt Col Edith Nakalema who did investigations and interrogated 20 employees. Ntambi is also alleged to have asked the Criminal Investigations Department to write a letter advising her to interdict Kasamba which request was declined since there were no prior investigations against him.  

However, Kasamba states that the above bodies cleared him of any wrong and neither was he told to make any statement at police or even be arraigned in the courts like his colleagues. 

Now he contends that since August 27 2019, Kasamba has occasionally written to the Commission reminding them to vacate his interdiction since no wrongdoing was proved against him but the commission has remained silent. 

He wants the court to order for his reinstatement and declare that his continued interdiction is illegal and malicious. He also wants the court to order for compensation of general damages to him.  

The respondents are summoned to file their Defence in regards to the matter.

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