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Defiant New NOTU Leadership Conduct Operations Despite Pending Court Injunction

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The new ‘self-proclaimed’ leadership of the National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) has commenced with it’s activities, despite of the pending Court Injunction.

The High Court Civil Division of  Kampala, on January 23, issued an injunction, temporarily suspending all activities of the new leadership after it’s former Chairman General Usher Wilson Owere filed a Suit.

Owere who had been voted out on November 22, 2022 accused the new leadership for operating illegally thus filing this Suit.

The six he sued included: Hon  Christopher Peter Werikhe, Stephen Mugole, Richard Bigirwa, Mauku Moses (Ag Treasurer General), Badaru Barbara (Deputy Treasure General), and Amiti Tom (Deputy Secretary General).

Justice Musa Ssekaana on the High Court in return, ordered the new NOTU leadership never to conduct any activity, until the Case filled against them by Usher Wilson Owere the impeached Chairman General is disposed off.

NOTU Chairman General Usher Wilson Owere (M) with his lawyers after the Court Hearing on January 23. Courtesy photo

To a surprise, the new leadership hosted Hon. Arinaitwe Rwakajara, the Workers’ representative in Parliament in Mbarara for a team building workshop on Monday.

In his officiating speech, MP Rwakajara said the Union needs to work out modelitise of working together to resolve the challenges affecting Ugandan workers.

He mentioned some of these challenges as employers’ unwillingness to allow their employees to be organised and lack of political will to protect the workers.

“Employers have also started to outsource labour so when you reach there they show you a list of like three employees, when actually they have 1,000 employees. All these are tactics of exploiting workers and we are asking for the government to fully participate and defend workers’ rights and also for the employers to behave,” the MP added

The two-day workshop is being attended by Secretary Generals of the all unions afflicted to NOTU.

Musa Okello, the Ag Chairman General of NOTU said the training is aimed at coming up with a strategic plan for the organisation and looking at the way forward for the organisation.

He said already some progress has been made towards achieving unity in the organization.

MP Rwakajara pose for a group photo with the new NOTU leadership and other Officials after officiating the two days workshop on Monday in Mbarara. Courtesy Photo.

“There’s progress in terms of working together because afew months ago you wouldn’t find us sitting like this but already we are getting back together and there’s a lot of hope that unity is going to prevail and we are working very hard to ensure that we get back as one house under the NOTU because that’s what the workers are waiting to see,” Okello told LBS during an interview.

It’s now not clearly known on what Owere will do, after the new leadership has even defied the Court Order.

NOTU is a non-profit labour organization established by Decree No. 29 of 1973. It represents millions of Ugandan workers and works with labour unions and community groups in all the districts of Uganda.

It is currently the most representative labour centre in Uganda with over 34 labour union affiliates.

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