Court expected to hear Obore’s case today

By Sania Babirye

The high court is today expected to hear an application filed by the Parliamentary Director of communications Chris Ariko Obore in which he is challenging his dismissal.

This is after Obore run to High court civil division last week claiming that his termination from his job on the orders of the parliamentary commission was unlawful and illegal.

In 2015, Obore was appointed and confirmed to the Job which he has held for the last four years until the 5th of March.

According to Obore, the clerk of Parliament Jane Kibirige wrote a letter On the 5th of March 2019, terminating his permanent and pensionable contract.

Through his lawyers of Kampala Associated Advocates, Obore now claims that by doing so Kibirige exceeded his powers hence his termination being unlawful.

Obore claims that if Parliament is let to implement the decision of the clerk , it would be acting against the principles of natural justice since he has never been summoned to present his side of the story before the parliamentary commission .

And as a result, he has asked court to issue an injunction stopping the parliamentary commission from terminating his contract basing on an Inspectorate of Government report which cites irregularities in the way Obore was appointed , until his main case is heard and disposed off.

Obore maintains that his appointment was lawful since he responded to an advert by the parliamentary commission in which it expressed interest to fill the vacant post of Director communications, sat interviews and was subsequently confirmed on the job after a certain period of probation .

The application will be heard by Justice Henrieta Wolayo.

Inspectorate of Government report found out that Obore’s appointment was illegal because at the time of his appointment, he did not have the minmum 10 years experience or a required masters degree.

The IGG launched investigations into Obore’s appointment after a whistle blower raised the concern in 2015 immediately after he was appointed.

According to the IGG report, the advert put out by the parliamentary commission asked for a person with a honors degree and masters degree in Mass Communication, communication studies,Journalism or arts with Communication and from a recognized university

The report further states that the interested applicant was also meant to have a 10 year working experience in the related fields including in communication/public relationsor information amongst others which Obore did not possess .

However, in the IGG report, Obore held only a degree in Mass Communication frim Islamic University Uganda (IUIU) and was only an investigative editor and show host at Daily monitor and KFM.