NOTU Saga: Court Suspends Activities Of New Leadership

Justice Musa Ssekaana the Judge of High Court’s Civil Division in Kampala on Monday, temporarily suspended all activities of the new leadership of the National Organization of Trade Union(NOTU) Leadership until the case filed against it is disposed of.

NOTU Chairman General Usher Wilson Owere  dragged NOTU and six others for suspending him during a General Council session held at Hotel Africana in Kampala on November 15 2022.

The six include: Hon Christopher Peter Werikhe, Stephen Mugole, Richard Bigirwa, Mauku Moses (Ag Treasurer General), Badaru Barbara (Deputy Treasure General), and Amiti Tom (Deputy Secretary General).

Owere was voted out for failing to manage three council meetings that had been organised to settle the emerging leadership issues in NOTU.

The council appointed Hon Stephen Mugole, the then deputy Chairman General as Acting Chairman General. The council also appointed Richard Bigirwa, the General Secretary Uganda Bottling Bakers, Millers, and Allied Workers Union as the acting Secretary General for NOTU replacing Hon. Peter Christopher Werikhe who resigned having joined politics as member of Parliament for Bubulu West.

Justice Ssekaana ruled that much as the suspension may be in line with the NOTU constitution, no further actions or activities should proceed by NOTU, and the newly appointed leadership until the main case filed by Owere is disposed of.

Ssekaana also warned that should the new appointed leadership proceed and do any activities before the case is dissolved, they will carry their own cross as individuals

“I order that there is a STOP for everything for now until this case is concluded. Everything is on hold, the status quo remains as before,” ordered Justice Ssekaana.

He said that he received Owere’s petition on November 6 2022.

“I would have stopped that Council meeting, but I was mindful of the expenses, the hotel bookings they might have done and only set January 23 2023 as the date for hearing the case,” he said.

Addressing the press after the court hearing Owere’s Lawyer,  Okello Peter Jabweli said Owere contends that the actions of the Respondents in attempting to remove/suspended him from his office as Chairman General violated the law (Labour Unions Act) the NOTU Constitution and that he was not accorded a fair hearing.

“After establishing the statusquo ie that the Applicant Mr. Owere has allegedly been suspended and referred to the Disciplinary Committee, the Court ordered that no further action be taken against him pending final determination of the main suit.”

This means that whoever attempts to take any further action against  Owere will be acting in violation of the order and will be in contempt of Court and there are sanctions against such conduct.

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