Former Makerere chaplain sues church

By: BETTY NDAGIRE

Kampala: The former Chaplain of the Anglican Church at Makerere University has sued the church seeking recovery of more than Shs11 million in salary arrears over alleged unlawful removal from office.

In a case filed before the Civil Division of the High Court, the Rev Can Johnson Ebong-Oming, the former Chaplain of St Francis Chapel, alleges that he was unlawfully removed from office and his name deleted from the payroll.

Can Ebong-Oming, with 11 church members, sued the church jointly with Makerere University and his temporary successor, the Rev Can Geoffrey Byarugaba.

The former chaplain alleges that Makerere University did not consider his application for extension of his employment contract but instead advertised his post calling in people for interviews.

“The congregants claim having high financial and administrative stake in the management of this church. If court does not address their concerns, they are likely to suffer damages which cannot be compensated in monetary terms,” reads the complaint.

The complainants allege that their fundamental rights have been violated hence seeking for a court order prohibiting Can Byarugaba from enforcing any internal transfer or causing any structural changes in the Human Resource establishment of St Francis Chapel.

The case followed August 5, 2013 accusations in which church members wrote to the Archbishop and university Vice Chancellor Ddumba Ssentamu, requesting for an investigation into allegations of misappropriation and misrepresentation of facts.

Source: Daily Monitor

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