Lawyer sues KCCA over job

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BY OUR REPORTER

A City Lawyer has sued Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for allegedly halting her deployment despite appointment by the Public Service Commission.

In the case filed before the High Court in Kampala, Ms Doreen Tusiime contends that she was notified of her appointment as officer prosecution at KCCA on October 1, 2012 and immediately reported for duty but the authority halted her deployment.

She alleges that KCCA advised her to wait for the financial year 2013/14 claiming non availability of funds and that when she reported as advised, the authority halted her deployment on allegation of non-availability of funds but advised to be patient but refused to communicate officially.

Through her lawyers of Ms R. Kaisaja and Partners, Ms Tusiime further contends that in the financial year 2016/2017, KCCA made a formal decision halting her deployment on allegation of non-availability of funds.

Ms Tusiime now wants court to compel KCCA to deploy her forthwith as officer prosecution without delay and an order quashing the authority’s decision of halting her deployment for being unreasonable.

She is seeking for court declaration that failure of the City authority to adhere to its mandatory obligation to issue an appointment letter within one month from the date of approval of the appointment by the Public Service Commission amounted to an illegality.

According to court documents, in 2012, KCCA through Public Service Commission advertised the post of officer prosecution scale 7 to which Ms Tusiime applied for and was shortlisted leading to subsequent interviews.

“That following my notification of appointment, I was referred to the directorate of the respondent herein for further instructions. That following my notification of appointment, I resigned from my previous job as an advocate in firm styles as Ms Tuhimbise and Company Advocates,” says Ms Tusiime says in an affidavit.

Ms Tusiime contends that her lawyers she wrote a letter on July 14, 2016 to KCCA demanding to be deployed and be paid all her remunerations from the time she was referred to its office for placement but the same was ignored.

She is seeking for a court order declaring that she is entitled to general damages, aggravated damages and exemplary damages for infringement of her Constitutional rights, deliberately refusing to deploy her, humiliation, stress, distress, mental anguish and grave inconvenience caused pegged at Shs800million.

She also wants court to order KCCA to calculate and pay her all the remunerations from the time she was referred to the office of the Executive Director up to the time she takes up her job deployment.

Meanwhile the case awaits trial before High Court Judge Stephen Musota.

 

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