Thursday July 31 2014

Disband Red Cross board- Ssebunya

Robert Ssebunya. File Photo

Robert Ssebunya. File Photo 



The former chairman of the Central Governing Board of Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) Robert Ssebunya, has asked the High Court in Kampala to disband the society’s interim board, saying it is operating illegally.

In a suit filed against URCS on Tuesday, Mr Ssebunya is also seeking a pronouncement that the interim board has no mandate to restructure the organization as it plans to do so.

The petition is premised on a notice recently issued by the interim board, informing employees of an impending restructuring process as the employees were given up to July 31 to reapply for their jobs.

“A declaration that the defendant (URCS) has no powers whatsoever under the defendant’s Constitution to hire or fire any employee or purport to restructure the defendant’s secretariat,” the petition reads in part.

Through the Law Associates Advocates, Mr Ssebunya claims that the URCS Constitution does not give the interim board powers to effect any administrative changes. He laments that the actions of the interim board have undermined his integrity and achievements when URCS was under his stewardship.

Mr Ssebunya, states that as a life member of URCS, he wants the interim board restrained, noting that the legacy of URCS could be undermined. He also faults the interim board for deliberately declining to publish a Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) audit report which exonerated former senior officials including former secretary general Michaela Nataka of financial impropriety.

Mr Ssebunya was until last year November 26, the chairman URCS Central Governing Board. He was compelled to resign after a vote of no confidence was made against the entire Board. He laments that the URCS national council illegally elected the interim board in the following month of December.

He further states that URCS was not served a notice of intention to sue due to the urgency of the matter. Court is yet to summon URCS to file its defense in response to the allegations.