Court awards sacked Soroti University procurement officer Shs 100m

The High Court in Soroti has awarded Shs100m in general damages to atone for mental torture that the senior procurement officer of Soroti University suffered following his illegal sacking by the Inspector General of Government (IGG).

Justice Wilson Masalu Musene, in his judgment dated June 23, 2020, awarded Mr Ronald Edongu the said compensation on grounds that the recommendations to sack him, were out of bias and that he was not given a fair hearing.

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Mr Edongu had been accused of being irregularly recruited and also given accelerated promotion.

“I therefore, do hereby issue a permanent injunction against the respondents (IGG and Soroti University Governing Council), stopping them from considering and purporting to terminate the applicant (Mr Edongu), allegedly that he was irregularly recruited and given accelerated promotion,” ruled justice Musene.

“The second respondent (Soroti University Council), having regularized, ratified, promoted and confirmed the applicant as a senior procurement officer, stopped from asserting that the applicant was irregularly recruited and promoted. I have considered the circumstances of the applicant’s case as summarized above and I am inclined to find and hold that an award of Shs100m as general damages is appropriate.” he added.

Furthermore, this court also declares the purported suspension and termination of the Applicant by the 2nd respondent illegal on account of violation of the interim court order, and as well on grounds of procedural irregularities and irrationality in the process that led to those decisions.

“The purported termination has also caused him a lot of hardship in feeding his family since he is the only breadwinner as a result of failure to receive his salary, he has been emotionally disturbed especially at this time of the coronavirus pandemic where everyone has been advised to keep indoors. He has been embarrassed and humiliated by the actions of the 2nd respondents,” he added.

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Soroti University has vowed to appeal against the court ruling.