Sacked NSSF staff protest to Museveni

Kampala

Twenty former employees of National Social Security Fund (NSSF) have petitioned President Museveni to intervene after they were reportedly sacked unfairly.

In the petition, which the Daily Monitor has seen, two of the employees, Ms Rosette Bakunzi and Ms Mable Ajuna, say they were sacked without hearing even when their contracts were meant to run until 2016.

“We have been working smoothly without any complaints against us for the past six years. However, on June 25, 2014, while I, Mable Ajuna, was still on maternity leave and Rosette Bakunzi was on annual leave, we were summoned and handed with letters terminating our contracts by the human resource manager without any explanation or reason whatsoever,” reads the petition signed by the two ladies on behalf of others.

Ms Ajuna was a benefits officer while Ms Bakunzi was a customer service manager—both based in Kampala.

Management responds
The NSSF management, however, said eight of the employees were sacked because of involvement in fraudulent activities while the contracts for the other 12 were not renewed due to restructuring.

In an e-mail to this newspaper yesterday, the Fund’s communication and marketing manager, Mr Edgar Birungi, said the eight staff had been accused of seeking money from NSSF clients for services that come at zero cost.

“These were implicated in the investigations and in accordance with the Fund’s policy of zero tolerance to fraud, their employment contracts were terminated immediately,” said Mr Birungi. For the 12 staff whose contracts will not be renewed, the Fund will give them full disengagement packages, according to Mr Birungi.

rwanambwa@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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