More than 151 former employees of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) whose services were summarily terminated in September last year have gone to court to seek compensation.
The ex-employees claim they were dismissed by the board without a fair hearing yet some of them had signed long term contracts.
According to the employees, UNRA has continued to portray them as corrupt and unemployable people.
This, they say, made them miss on opportunities for jobs since no one would employ a criminal.
They, therefore, ask court to compensate them for the embarrassment they have suffered, mental anguish and poverty.
Former workers now want compensation, claim were given insufficient notice.
These led by Lyndon Dennis Kiyimba; a former supply officer with UNRA are seeking a court order compelling the authority to compensate them with over 13 billion shillings in damages and terminal benefits resulting from the illegal retrenchment.
While assuming office as the new Executive Director of UNRA, Allen Kagina late last year introduced tight reforms that saw all 900 employees fired and asked to re-file their applications.
Those that didn’t make it back have now resorted to legal action as they accuse the Authority of denying them a hearing before terminating their running contracts in December 2015.
In this application Kiyimba together with Directors, engineers and drivers among others also claim that after this omnibus restructuring, they have been rendered jobless and cannot be hired elsewhere because they are conceived by the public to be thieves and fraudsters even though none of them has been prosecuted by UNRA.
Deputy registrar Alex Ajiji is expected on Monday next week make a ruling on whether to allow 6 of these former employees file a suit against UNRA on behalf of other 151 aggrieved former employees.
The suit comes on the heels of reports that Kagina fired the all the UNRA staff just to employ her relatives and allies.