Julius Tituryebwa, the now former Community Liaisons Officer of SINO Minerals Investments Company Limited in Kabale, is accusing the company of firing him on political grounds.
Tituryebwa claims he was expelled from the company located in Buhara Sub County in Kabale, simply because he attended a burial of a Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) staunch supporter in Kabale town.
In May 2019, SINO Minerals Investments Company Limited started a multi-billion-shilling iron ore smelting plant in Buhara Sub County.
Tituryebwa who claims to have been employed with the company as its Community Liaisons Officer since 25th August 2019, says on March 25th, this year, he received a phone call from the Kabale District Chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa who asked him whether he was still interested in his job or not.
He says he was questioned by Keihwa on why on 18th March 2020 he attended the burial ceremony of Wilbroad Mucholi Ndyanabangi in Rushambya cell in Southern Division of Kabale Municipality.
The funeral was also attended by FDC strongman Col Dr Kiiza Besigye.
Tituryebwa says on the phone, the district chairman asked him to denounce FDC or lose his job.
The following day on 26th March 2020 he says he received an expulsion letter from Kong Dongsheng, the executive director SINO Minerals Investments Company Limited.
In the expulsion letter, the company accuses Tituryebwa of missing the company’s crucial briefing without notification and being instead seen in public, especially following the directives of government on Covid19. This, the company says was the “highest insubordination” and placed other personnel at risk.
The company then added that it had no option in the circumstances but to immediately end Tituryebwa’s engagement with the company and asked him to hand over company property in his possession within seven days.
Tituryebwa however, wonders how the company quoted the President’s ban on public gatherings, a directive the President gave on the night of March 18th, hours after Mucholi was buried.
Tituryebwa believes his sacking was political and a direct infringement on the rights of any workers in Uganda which the law should act against.
However, when contacted, Patrick Besigye Keihwa the Kabale LC5 chairman refuted the accusations saying he only called Tuturyebwa as a person who recommended him for the job, to ask him about the accusations he had also heard from Tituryebwa’s bosses who were accusing him of absconding from duty for politics.
When we contacted Brian Munanura the Operations Manager SINO Minerals Investments Company Limited for a comment, he referred us to Kong Dongsheng the company’s CEO.
Kong Dongsheng told our reporter that the company is still investigating the matter but advised Tuturyebwa to consult the Ministry of Labour for advice in case he feels offended and dissatisfied.