February 21, 2015

Court Refuses To Reinstate Former UBC Managing Director Kihika

Court in Kampala has refused to order former acting managing director of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), Paul Kihika be reinstated back to his position.

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Kihiha who was sacked run to Court last year and requested to be reinstated.

In her ruling on Friday, Justice Elizabeth Musoke whose ruling was read on her behalf by deputy registrar Festo Nsenga; dismissed all claims that were raised by Kihika for his return to office.

Court also ordered him to meet the legal costs that UBC incurred in counter arguing his claims not to have him back in office.

After filing his case in Court, Kihika reportedly never bothered to do a follow up and file necessary documentation to support his claims.

The lawyers who represented UBC asked Court not to force on them an employee who was not wanted.Kihika was forced out of office on August 4 last year by the then new board led by Nathan Igeme Nabeta.

The former MD petitioned court challenging the decision of the then new board sacking him without according him a hearing.

He had among others argued that the Nabeta-led board did not have powers to evict him from office as they had been appointed against the orders of the Constitutional Court.

The other board members who Kihika sued alongside Nabeta included; Ian Kyeyune, Simon Kaheeru, Mariam Nenyha, Richard Barungi, Muhammad Kabba Gulam and Sylvia Nakabugu Birahwa.

Kihika was not present in court, although Nabeta and other board members were present and welcomed the ruling.

The eviction of Kihika from office last year was dramatic as he denied board members access before Police was called in to force the door open.

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