Moses Al Sayed Lubega, a former employee of NBS Television is threatening legal action over what he deems an illegal termination of his contract a week ago.
Lubega, who worked at the station as a producer for 9 years, was on November 18th fired for his role in airing a misleading health story.
In the wake of the largely successful nationwide Measles-Rubella immunization campaign, NBS aired in its evening news a story claiming that the Health Ministry had “confirmed dangers posed” by the measles and rubella vaccines.
They went on to claim the Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng had described some side effects of the vaccines as “fatal.”
The minister was irked by the report, describing it on social media as misleading as shameful.
Under pressure, the following day, the station management held a meeting in which it was resolved to take action both against Lubega the producer, and Richard Olweny, the reporter that filed the story.
The former was terminated, while the latter was suspended for two months.
But Mr Lubega through his lawyers of Kaggwa and Kaggwa Advocates claim this action was unlawful.
Yesterday, the lawyers wrote to Next Media, the NBS parent company making a number of demands and threatening to drag the station to court.
“Our client diligently worked with your company for over 9 years,” they wrote.
“Therefore it is our client’s contention that he was unlawfully dismissed contrary to the Employment Act No.6/2006.”
Mr Lubega through his lawyers is now demanding to be paid up to Shs 30million as his terminal benefits and to be issued a Certificate of Service.
He also wants the station to retract the statement that was issued by the media house on his station.
“Should you fail to pay the above mentioned sums plus 10% as our legal fees within 7 days from the date of receipt of this letter, our instructions are to sue you.”