KAMPALA – Mr Paul Kasulu the acting human resource officer at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), has on September 5, pleaded to court to temporarily stop the job interviews that are about to be carried out at the entity.
In his petition filed before the High Court civil division, Kasulu also dragged the Attorney General court seeking an interim injunction to block more than 60 job placements that were advertised last month by the Public Service Commission, saying that it is discriminative, unfair and unacceptable in free and democratic society for the temporary employees to be denied a chance to participate in making applications.
On June 6, 2019, the KCCA human resource directorate internally advertised at least 200 jobs following a directive from the Public Service Commission (PSC) chairperson, Justice Ralph Ochan on April 18 who said that all vacant jobs be advertised.
However, on June 10, some staff being dissatisfied petitioned the PSC chairperson challenging the internal advert placed by the institution’s director, Mr Richard Lule saying that he had contravened the PSC standing orders by opening the advert to temporary staff where Kasulu falls without first giving priority to permanent staff who already have instruments of appointment.
Through his lawyers of Makada and Partners Advocates, Kasulu who has been working with the entity since 2015 states that KCCA has 693 temporary employees and 422 permanent employees and some of whom were temporary employees but were handpicked and promoted without any known logical procedure.
He faults KCCA management of having handpicked some of the permanent employees without a legal reasonable and known process to make them permanent staff.
Kasulu says that as temporary employees, they criticized this move as it was clearly discriminatory, unreasonable and unacceptable in a free and democratic society and an affront of the Constitution, denying them a chance to practice their trade or profession.
However, Kasulu says that he is ready to compete for his job with the permanent staff and that if he is out-competed, he is ready to quit.
Kasulu notes that he petitioned the Equal Opportunities Commission to block the scheduled interviews, an interim order was issued but KCCA ignored it citing that only a court of judicature can bar them from implementing their discriminatory interviews.
He now says should High court fail to grant him an injunction, he is going to suffer irreparable damages unlike KCCA and Attorney General since the jobs being advertised are occupied by temporary employees who are doing good work for them.