Kampala. The Uganda Red Cross Society (URSC) has terminated contracts of 204 employees due to financial challenges crippling the organisation since donors cut their funding to the organisation.The URSC management on Monday held a staff meeting where they announced the termination. The URSC Secretary General, Mr Ken Odur, said on Thursday they were restructuring and the plan is to maintain a “lean staff” despite the wide scope of their humanitarian activities.
“It is not a haphazard process but a judicial one, which is owing to the current several crises that we have gone through,” Mr Odur said. Management has since issued a memo to all staff, urging them to reapply for employment in the “approved organisational structure for the positions they feel best-suited for.”According to the memo, staff can apply for up to two job positions.
“The board requested us in March to come up with a small structure which is efficient and we hired a consultant to aise on this because even after funding from our donors resumed, things have been moving slow,” Mr Odur added.
In October last year, police raided the home of the then URCS secretary Richard Nataka in Bunga and recovered goods suspected to have been smuggled. The episode enraged several Red Cross donor branches across the world, who froze “more than 80 per cent funding”, according to management. This freeze on funding affected Red Cross activities.Some donors have since resumed funding after the former management was replaced but Mr Odur said: “Despite this, the situation has not yet normalised.”
Meanwhile, URCS will next week on Wednesday celebrate 50 years of service in humanitarian activism.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor