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