Uganda Clays Limited has suspended five employees at its Kamonkoli factory in eastern Uganda, Budaka District.
Those suspended include, Mr William Sekindu, the outlet’s marketing manager, Mr Andrew Mutyaba, a quality manager, Mr Sabiti Chodre, a human resource officer, Mr Yairo Mukabya, a yard headman and Mr George Kemba, a driver. Another, Mr Abdu Taleleja, from the accounts department, was allegedly sacked.
However, Daily Monitor could not independently verify the allegations as both the factory manager and a human resource officer declined to divulge details.
Mr Fred Kimbugwe, the Kaminkoli Factory manager, told Daily Monitor he was not in position to comment because details of the suspension had been handled by the human resource department. However, Mr Peter Kiwanuka, the Uganda Clays human resource officer, said he could not discuss internal matters with media.
“These are internal matters that should not be discussed in the media,” he said in a brief phone call.
It’s alleged that those suspended committed different offences relating to abuse of office, corruption and misuse of company properties.
Sources that spoke on condition of anonymity told Daily Monitor that the five were served with suspension letters last week pending completion of investigations and disciplinary proceedings.
Those suspended, the source said, have already been notified of a disciplinary hearing to explain their role in the allegations.
It is alleged that management of Uganda Clays discovered that some of its employees had been colluding and underpricing tile grades, thus causing the company huge losses.
Others are accused of failing to meet company targets and misusing property within their control.
Those suspended, sources said, will be required to stay out of the company premises until when investigations are completed.
Uganda clays plants
Uganda Clays operates two plants in Kajjansi and Kamonkoli. Much of the company’s income is generated from Kajjansi with the Kamonkoli plant operating at a loss, according to data contained in the company’s 2018 financial report.