Employees who recently joined the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) after being denied a placement for seven years are currently in conflict with the institution’s management over their alleged lies in court and the KCCA, a learned Daily Monitor.
In 2012, the KCCA, through the Civil Service Commission, published vacancies seeking qualified Ugandans to work at the then newly established Authority.
Although 280 candidates passed the interviews, KCCA only awarded internships to 45 candidates.
The KCCA said it did not have the money to absorb all successful applicants at that time, but promised to call them later after securing more funds.
Candidates take KCCA to court
However, 11 candidates among those left behind took KCCA to court to request a deployment, arguing that they were unemployed because they had quit their previous jobs to join the agency.
They also asked the court for payment of arrears for the seven years they were not deployed to the KCCA, damages and court costs.
On February 28, the plaintiffs reached an agreement with the KCCA that included deployment, payment of their legal fees and also payment of 10 percent of their arrears.
The KCCA, through its director of legal affairs, Mr. Charles Ouma, requested that damages be waived, which the applicants allegedly accepted. Candidates started working at KCCA in March.
When KCCA allegedly failed to pay the applicants’ 10 percent arrears of approximately Shs2.5b in accordance with the consent agreement, the latter through their attorneys seized the former’s bank accounts and obtained the money.
However, when KCCA conducted investigations, they realized that the 11 employees who had sued them were in fact employed contrary to their previous revelations in court.
The KCCA now wants the court to overturn the judgment on prior consent.
According to a KCCA Criminal Investigation Department report dated May 15, 2019, a copy that newspaper saw, nine of the 11 employees were previously employed.
On May 21, KCCA Interim Executive Director Andrew Kitaka was sworn in, declaring that the initial consent judgment to deploy and compensate the 11 employees should be set aside because they had lied to both KCCA and in court. .
The employees, who claimed anonymity, said top KCCA bosses “witch-hunts” them for seizing the institution’s bank accounts. But this newspaper could not independently verify this claim.
“We really got the jobs through the public service, but we weren’t deployed. Even after we give a consent judgment, we are still on a witch hunt and it affects us psychologically. They are now claiming that the former director of legal affairs, Mr. Ouma, signed the consent judgment without management approval, which we think is so ridiculous. Their goal is to kick us out of KCCA, ”said one of the aggrieved employees.
KCCA spokesman Peter Kaujju said he could not discuss the institution’s internal issues with third parties.