A former employee of Wavah Water Limited has dragged the company to court, seeking Shs100million as compensation for wrongful termination of her contract.
Ms Cissy Nassolo Nambi, in her suit before the High Court Commercial Division in Kampala, says on March 31, 2016, she was employed as the company’s operations and sales manager for two years, earning a salary of Shs2million.
However, she claims that after working for only 14 months, she was surprised to receive a letter signed by Prof. Gordon Wavamunno, the managing director of the company, terminating her services without reason.
“I then decided to engage the services of a lawyer who wrote a demand to the defendant company [Wavah Water limited] threatening to sue it for unlawful dismissal whereupon the company agreed to reinstate me to my job,” Ms Nambi narrates in the court documents.
“On May 3, 2018, the plaintiff [Ms Nambi ] was given another contract of employment for a period of two years with the same or better terms of reference like in the first contract in the same position,” she further narrates.
She adds that on February 12, 2019, the company again suspended her without pay for one month on allegations of rumour mongering.
“Further before the end of the suspension on or about February 21, 2019 the defendant decided to summarily terminate the employment contract of the plaintiff without any plausible reason that warrants termination,” reads in part court documents.
Ms Nambi says the company went ahead to publish her photograph in the newspapers of Daily Monitor, New Vision and Bukedde, saying that dealing with Nambi was risky.
She further says that in their natural and ordinary meaning, the said words tend to insinuate that the plaintiff is not only a dangerous and unemployable person but is also very dishonest thus should not be employed by any other person which demean the plaintiff in the eyes of the right thinking people.
Ms Nambi says that on February 28, 2019, the defendants wrote a letter, instructing her to make a handover report while she was out of office as a condition for her payment of her terminal benefits.
She avers that the actions of the defendant are not only illegal but have caused and continue to cause her great loss, psychological torture, untold suffering since she cannot get another job for which she holds the company liable.
Through her lawyers of Okurut & Co. Advocates, she wants a declaration that the action of publishing the plaintiff’s photograph in the newspaper was defamatory, unlawful, unjust and not called for and compensation of Shs 100 million.