Mbarara District to Compensate LC V 5 chairperson UGX 351M

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In a letter read to the council by his assistant, Joanita Nakityo, Esoku noted that the district stands to lose more than it has already lost should it fail to settle the matter once and for all.

Mbarara district is to pay Deusdedit Tumusiime, the outgoing LC V chairperson Shillings 351 million for wrongful dismissal from the post of district Education Officer in 2009. Tumusiime's contract was illegally terminated on June 1, 2009 by the then Chief Administration Officer, Wilson Tibugyenda, only ten months after he assumed office.
 
 
As a result, Tumusiime dragged Mbarara district local government to court for wrongful dismissal from office. In his petition, Tumusiime asked court to compel the district to pay his salary from the time he was recruited to the time when he would ordinarily retire from office. On March 10th 2011, Mbarara High Court Judge, Andrew Bashaija ruled in favor of Tumusiime, saying he was wrongly dismissed from office.
 
 
He ordered the district to compensate him salary based on the remaining period up to his compulsory retirement age of sixty years, since his employment contract was on permanent and pensionable terms. He also awarded Tumusiime Shillings 20 million in exemplary damages and the costs of the suit. However, Mbarara district local government failed to pay the money, which has seen it accumulate.  
 
 
Recently, Ndibarema Mwebaze, the Mbarara District Principal State Attorney advised the district leadership to clear the money before it accumulates more costs. Early this week, Felix Cuthbert Esoku, the Mbarara Chief Administrative Officer wrote to the district council seeking authorisation to pay off Tumusiime in accordance with the advice from the state attorney.
 
 
In a letter read to the council by his assistant, Joanita Nakityo, Esoku noted that the district stands to lose more than it has already lost should it fail to settle the matter once and for all. The district council led by the speaker, William Tibamanya Rushesha unanimously resolved to compensate Tumusiime Shillings 326 million as salary arrears and Shillings 25 million in legal costs to avoid further litigation.