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Court okays UNRA ex-employees case

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Kampala lawyer Bakiza talks after the court decision yesterday.

High Court in Kampala has given the go ahead to 151 ex- employees of the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to sue their former employer for alleged wrongful dismissal.

The court’s deputy registrar Alex Ajiji ordered that since all the 151 former employees have one common cause and interest against UNRA, they should file one suit led by one of their leaders Lyndon Dennis Kiyimba.

Among those in court are  former supply officers, station and region engineers, directors and drivers  who want court to order UNRA to compensate them. They are claiming over 13 billion shillings in damages and terminal benefits for illegal retrenchment.

Kiyimba and his colleagues accuse UNRA of denying them a hearing before terminating their running contracts in December last year shortly after the appointment of Allen Kagina as the new executive Director.

The aggrieved employees claim that after this  omnibus restructuring, it is hard for them to find employment elsewhere as they are perceived by the public to be thieves and fraudsters even though none of them has been prosecuted by UNRA.

Registrar Ajiji also ordered that the suit against UNRA should be filed and served through a publication in the local news paper in not less than ten days.

The ex-employees are represented by Bakiza and company advocates  who asked the court to let their clients  take on UNRA for non-payment of their salary arrears and other retrenchment benefits, saying some of them had contracts running as far as  November 2017.

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