During their mediation meeting on Tuesday, the Principal Mbale District Human Resource Officer, Anthony Wabomba told the teachers that they were wrongly recruited and that their posting letters are fake.
The 32 primary school Teachers who were appointed by Mbale District in 2020 and never
enrolled on the payroll have decided to seek legal redress after failing to
strike a compromise with the district leadership.
The teachers decided to run to the Labor court following
the collapse of the mediation talks held at the district headquarters on Tuesday
this week. The affected are part of the 64 teachers recruited by the Mbale District Service Commission on request from the district. According to available
information, the district requested more than 90 teachers.
However, the district service commission
recommended 64 teachers to the district, which failed to advertise the vacant
positions. As result, the former Chief Administrative Officer, Esau Ekachalen
issued positing instruction to only 32 out of the 64 teachers.
However, the teachers say that they have not received their
pay since receiving their posting instructions in July 2020. During their mediation meeting on Tuesday, the Principal Mbale District
Human Resource Officer, Anthony
Wabomba told the teachers that they were wrongly recruited and that their posting letters are fake.
He told the teachers that he has no solution to their
grievances, adding that they were free to seek legal redress since they didn't go through the right recruitment
Chief Administrative Officer, Lucy
Francis Amulen also noted that the
affected are not reflected in the records of the District Service
“I don't know how the (CAO), Essau Ekachelan
brought them on board. I
don't have any minutes of them being appointed,” she said. According to Amulen,
she tried to trace for the extract of the minutes from the District Service Commission relating to the 32 teachers in vain.
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Godfrey Namukhobe, one of the affected teachers, says that the comments from the Principal
Human Resource Officer were very disappointing and frustrating. He says that the Human Resource Officer
told them during the meeting that
even if they cry blood
nothing will be done to help them,
adding that he is not ready to pay them.
remained hesitant and refused
to say any positive response to us. Now we have finally agreed and asked the labor
Officer to summarize the report regarding the meeting and forward this matter
to the high court,” he said.
Musamali, another teacher said the
CAO and District Education Officer abandoned them in the meeting
leaving them with only the Labour officer in who is already biased against them.
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Sarah Nabudde, another affected teacher questioned the integrity of
district officials if all they doubt the appointments letters they themselves issued.
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A lawyer representing the teachers from Mukiibi
Nakiyende & Co. Advocates who declined to identify herself said that they have resolved to resort to the court because
of the failed negotiations.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.