Kampala High Court Judge Henrietta Wolayo on Wednesday issued an interim order halting the sacking of Director of Communication at Parliament of Uganda Mr Chris Obore pending hearing and determination of the main case.
Obore ran to court on Monday last week following threats to sack him from his position by the Clerk of Parliament, Jane Kibirige in a letter dated March 5, 2019.
He sued the Parliamentary Commission over the incident at the Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala through Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA). Obore has asked the court to compel the commission to pay him costs of the suit.
“I seek an interim injunction restraining the commission, its agents or servants from implementing the decision of the clerk of parliament, to terminate my employment in the parliamentary service, pending determination of the main case,” Obore asks the court.
He says the main suit discloses important issues relating to the legality and propriety of the impugned decision, which matter has high chances of success.
“There is an imminent threat of the respondent implementing the impugned decision to my detriment. Unless the commission is restrained from implementing the directive, the applications shall be rendered nugatory,” he contends.
Obore added, “The balance of convenience favours me, who is currently lawfully employed in the said position and stands to lose more if the commission is permitted to implement the directive.”
He narrates that in May 2015, he received a letter informing him that Parliamentary Service Commission had expressed interest in filling the said position and he was identified as one of the potential candidates, before sitting for interviews over the same.
Obore says subsequently, he received a letter dated August 19, 2015, from the office of the clerk to parliament, informing him that he had been offered an appointment on probation.