Court has awarded Shs 91 billion to 679 former Kampala City Council (KCC) employees who were wrongfully dismissed by the current Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) administration.
The employees, part of the 1,009 retained when KCC morphed into KCCA in 2011, sued the government and KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi after they were sacked in July, 2012.
In their application filed at the High court’s Civil division, the employees argued that their termination was wrong because they were not given chance to be absorbed in other public service sectors.
They also demanded full terminal benefits under the Local Governments Act as KCC employees and full salaries for the period of 17 months they worked for KCCA under the KCCA Act.
In September 2012, KCCA started paying termination packages to the defunct KCC employees under the public service regulations. The authority spent up to Shs 5 billion.
However, in her 16-page ruling dated April 28, Justice Lydia Mugambe ruled that the employees were entitled to full retirement benefits under the Local Governments Act. She also ordered that any balances, based on calculations under the KCCA Act, owed to each employee should be paid.
Following Mugambe’s ruling, KCCA will pay up to Shs 43 billion in balances on terminal benefits to the sacked employees for the 17-month employment period. The city authority will pay another Shs 5 billion court awarded to the former employees in general damages.
Some senior former KCC workers received meagre retirement packages ranging from Shs 400,000 to Shs 3 million, which they felt did not match their long service.
Brian Ssegawa, one of the 10 employees who signed the court application on behalf of their sacked colleagues, said the ruling has been long overdue but worth the waiting.
“We have finally got justice and hope the government and KCCA pay us accordingly,” Ssegawa told The Observer yesterday.
Among the beneficiaries of the latest court order is former Kampala City public relations officer, Simon Muhumuza and former senior principal assistant town clerk, Robinah Kayongo Kayondo.
Others are Justine Kasule, Geoffrey Ndaula, Angella Ssemambo, Frank Kaitale, Geoffrey Kiiza, Godfrey Kiregga Musisi and Frank Waidha.
The group includes former lawyers, division town clerks, administrative assistants, council agents and enforcement officers in the defunct KCC.
Interviewed for this story last evening, KCCA’s acting Public and Corporate Affairs manager, Julie Bukirwa, promised to respond after getting an official position on the ruling from their legal team today.