The Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) has appealed to the Constitutional Court challenging the ruling of High Court that favored a former employee, Hellen Hannah Tumuhimbise who worked as a senior procurement officer.
In 2019, Tumuhimbise sued UDC for delayed renewal of her contract without reason. UDC is an agency of the government which promotes and facilitates the industrial and economic development of Uganda.
In the ruling, which Justice Musa Ssekaana delivered on April 9, UDC was ordered to pay Tumuhimbise shs10m as the damages due to the circumstances of this case that has occasioned her suffering and damages due to wrongful exercise of power and abuse of Authority.
The court ruling further ordered that UDC reinstates and renews Tumuhimbise’s contract. Tumuhimbise joined UDC in 2009 as Assistant procurement officer on a three-year renewable contract and rose through the ladders up to the position of senior procurement officer. However, when her contract expired on 31st August 2019, UDC did not renew her contract “due to some internal issues pending to be solved.”
Inside sources at UDC say Tumuhimbise did not wait for her issues to be solved but rushed to court to have her contract renewed by force. According to sources, the Corporation did not renew her contract over alleged uncouth and unprofessional behavior marred with intrigue, malice and underperformance.
When UDC Executive Director Dr Patrick Birungi was contacted for a comment he confirmed having been in court with Tumuhimbise as a second respondent.
“It is true there has been a case in court and the ruling was delivered,” he says during a telephone interview. Dr Birungi however, said that UDC was not satisfied with the ruling and has already appealed. A notice of appeal that this website has seen was received at the High Court on 12th of April 2021.