“Never devalue anybody in this life. You may be powerful today but time is more powerful than you,” NTV’s Agnes Nandutu advised troubled Director of Communication at Parliament, Chris Obore when he blocked his former workmate, Jjingo Francis from covering parliament in February this year.
An infuriated Nandutu, also a victim of Obore’s highhandedness further reminded him that Parliament doesn’t belong to his family and he could be sent away anytime just like he was treating them.
A month later, her rants came to pass. We have learnt Obore was relieved of his duties mid last month as soon as the IGG’s report investigating him was complete.
However, the bad news was not released to him immediately since he had just lost a son.
They allowed him time to mourn and when they found it to be the right time, the bad news was released to him.
Last week, he was given 15 days to defend himself on the recommendations from the IGG’s report or be thrown out.
Obore instead ran to court to save his job. He filed an application in the High Court seeking an injunction blocking the Parliamentary Commission from implementing the recommendations of the report among which includes sacking him.
Obore’s woes began when a whistleblower petitioned the IGG arguing that he was not qualified for office.
According to a 2015 job advert by the parliamentary commission, the candidate who was sought for was expected to hold an honors degree in Mass Communication, Communication Studies, Journalism, or Arts with Communication and Public Relations studied as subjects, from a recognised university plus a master’s degree in a relevant field.
Obore at the time only had a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, obtained from Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU). It is until last year when he earned one in Public Policy and Governance from UMI.
And whereas the person needed must have had a working experience of 10 years, part of which was as a communication/public relations or information, protocol and public affairs from a recognised institution or at the level of assistant commissioner in a government institution, Obore had just been sacked from Daily Monitor where he worked as an investigations editor.
However, Obore allegedly utilised his connections in government to beat his workmate, Charles Mwanguhya who was well suited for the job.
Meanwhile, the High Court has set April 10th, 2019 as the day it will entertain Obore’s case challenging his sacking by parliament.