Kabarole Loses Ushs 380m in Compensations

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Kabarole district local government has lost more than 380 million shillings in compensation for the illegal termination of some Civil servants in the district. In 2009, Kabarole district service commission terminated the services of several civil servants, triggering a legal battle between the district authorities and the sacked civil servants. The sacked officers are Joseph Rwabukuku, the former CAO, Joseph Rwabuhinga, former Chief Finance Officer, Michael Banura, Monday Jonathan, Kamuhanda Julius, and Rukamya Winfred. The civil servants were accused of diverting government funds. The civil servants however sued the district claiming they were illegally terminated. They argued that the district service commission flouted the rules and procedures of terminating civil servants. Court ruled in the civil servants favor and ordered the district to provide a 380 million compensation package for the damages caused to the officers. During a district council session held on Thursday at Muchwa chambers in Fort-Portal, Florence Kadoma, the deputy speaker, said that the district has agreed to the court's directive. The councilors however blamed Micheal Mugisa, the former LC 5 chairman, for the loss. They argued that Mugisa acted wrongly when he directed the CAO to sack the officers without following the rightful procedures. Mugisa was however not in councilor to defend himself. He has been out of the district since the Election Day on 23rd February when he lost the chair to Richard Rwabuhinga an independent. Linda Irene, the secretary for gender and community development, noted with concern that such loss will hamper development and service delivery in the district. Joshua Kagaba councilor for Ruteete Sub County was disappointed. He said the money would have been used to promote education and health, services in the district.