Court Halts Sacking of Chris Obore by Parliament

Chris Obore, the Director of Communication and Public Affairs at the Parliament

Henrietta Wolayo, a Kampala High Court Judge has Wednesday blocked the sacking of Parliament’s Communications director, Chris Obore pending hearing and determination of the case.

“Interim order is hereby issued to give time to the respondent to file a response in the main case,” Wolayo ruled.

In her submission, Sitina Cherotich who represented the Parliamentary Commission asked for the adjournment on grounds that the person who was supposed to swear an affidavit was out of office.

The judge adjourned the matter to April 17, 2019.

Obore went to court seeking an interim injunction restraining the Commission, its agents or servants from implementing the decision of the Clerk of Parliament to terminate his employment pending determination of the main case.

On March 18, 2019, Obore received a letter terminating his services at Parliament from the Clerk to Parliament and was required to hand over office within 15 days.

In the letter, the Clerk noted that the decision to have Obore’s employment terminated followed a report from the Inspector General of Government (IGG) that had undertaken an investigation into how Obore was procured for the job.

Reports say the report by the IGG exposed a lot of irregularities and illegalities that were perhaps committed by the Commission in hiring Obore’s services.

In his affidavit, Obore told Court that in May 2015, he received a letter from Parliament Commission informing him that they were in the process of filling a position of Director of Communication and Public Affairs, and that he had been identified as a suitable candidate for the position before sitting for interviews over the same.

Obore adds that on August 19, 2015, he received a letter from the Clerk informing him that he had been appointed on probation. He served until he was confirmed for the position which he has served since then.

Obore argues that he has never been accorded a right to defend himself before the Commission or any other relevant body.

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