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Danish embassy, ex-boss in sh108m feudPublish Date: Dec 14, 2013
Danish embassy, ex-boss in sh108m feud
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By Andante Okanya

A sacked Danish embassy boss is demanding sh108.8m, claiming he was unfairly dismissed without being accorded a hearing to substantiate claims leveled against him.

On December 6, Edward Ssenyange filed a civil suit at the High Court in Kampala, protesting his sacking at Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).

The ex-programme officer was sacked this year on May 29.Through Sekabanja and Company Advocates.

He is also demanding damages and costs of the suit, and a pronouncement that his dismissal was unlawful.

Ssenyange who was appointed on February 15, 2012, had a running contract to expire on February 14, 2014.

The defendants are listed as the Republic of Denmark, and Lars Christensen; the head of programmes at DGF.

DGF is a multi-donor entity partly funded by the Danish tax payer to enhance democracy, human rights, and accountability.

Ssenyange alleges that his woes stemmed from an opinion he made, which resulted in his humiliation. He states that he challenged Christensen for awarding high marks to a candidate seeking employment at the facility.

“The second defendant (Christensen) harassed, embarrassed the plaintiff by kicking the plaintiff out of office in front of other employees,” Ssenyange states.

He asserts that he was subsequently shocked when he received a termination letter, without being subjected to the disciplinary measures prescribed in DGF’s staff manual.

Ssenyange contends that his sacking was based on award of high marks to a candidate not favoured by Christensen.

He claims to have been inconvenienced, and experienced a dent in his reputation, saying he had built career in conflict resolution.

Ssenyange asserts that he acted as a focal point in directing DGF’s vision of a peaceful, prosperous and Democratic Uganda.

The defendants have been ordered to file a defence within 15 days from the date of receipt of the summons.

In the summons dated December 10, 2013, the defendants have been ordered to heed, lest judgment is passed without their input.

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