Court orders URSB to pay Shs100m to sacked worker

KAMPALA- The High Court has ordered the Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB) to pay its former employee, Ms Maudah Atuzarirwe, Shs100m in aggravated damages for termination of her contract.

High Court judge Elizabeth Musoke ordered URSB and the Registrar General to conclude the investigations as recommended in the audit report to give Ms Atuzarirwe a chance to clear her name.

“This should not be interpreted to mean an order of reinstatement in case the applicant (Atuzarirwe) is cleared. Costs of the suit will go to the applicant,” the judge ruled.

“I cannot quash the decision to terminate the applicant’s contract… And since I stated the remedy is discretionary and may be denied even when a case had been made out, I find this case to be such a case where court is inclined not to grant the remedy because of the full impact of the remedy, especially when reinstatement is not desired by the applicant,” Justice Musoke held.

The case
Ms Atuzarirwe, a former director of Business Registration and Liquidation at URSB, sued URSB, the board, the board chairman and the registrar general, Mr Bemanya Twebaze, for wrongful dismissal.

Court documents indicate that the employment contract of Ms Atuzarirwe was terminated on March 5, 2013 on accusations of financial impropriety.
Court held that Ms Atuzarirwe was not given any hearing which made her dismissal irregular.

“She was highly inconvenienced and embarrassed by being declared fraudulent yet the investigative process was yet to be concluded. She thus lost a well-paying job which I find the case for aggravated damages,” held Justice Musoke.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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