Case Stories

Case Stories of PLA Clients

“Sweet victory to family as HRA helps them recover their land.”

In 2016, the father of Taban Ismael, Kanabi Ibrahim, Rwendekye  Zabika and Kasisuwi Esseza, all residents of Bwayunga A, Kaliro district wanted to sell their land covering 60*276Meters which their grandfather had given to them. Their father who remarried wanted to give the piece of land to his new wife who, even after buying various pieces of land for claimed they were infertile and wanted that particular one. His children together with their grandfather refused to sell off the land.  The family reported the matter to local leaders who didn’t provide them with a solution. When the grandfather died; the father bribed local leaders and brought buyers to buy the land. This caught the attention of the community members who demonstrated and chased the buyers away. In January 2019, community members referred the family to PLA Human Rights Activist who organized a mediation meeting with their father, uncles, local leaders and community members. During the meeting, the HRA informed their father that the land belonged to the children since it had been left to them by their grandfather and they had a land title as evidence and that he should desist from trying to sell it to anyone. Their father gave up on the attempt and decided to relocate to Jinja. The family is now using the land for farming and settlement.

I appreciate the PLA Human Rights Advocate and PLA and i am happy because the organization helped us to settle our case with our father at no cost” Kasisuwi Eseza.

“Widow and daughters recover 7 acres of land.”

Obito married a man who was originally from Zaire and gave birth to two daughters. Unfortunately he passed on in 1982 leaving behind 7 acres of land. Christopher Muzigu was elected as the family heir unfortunately he also died and a new heir Balikowa David was put up. Balikowa requested his paternal aunt (the widow) to use part of the land since he had no land and no one was using the inherited land at the time. Obito Nyango, the widow accepted since she was not living in the area or using the piece of land and they would have someone keep it away from any encroachers. Unfortunately, this is where the problem started from.

Balikowa and his wife took charge of the land and even stopped one of the daughters from using the land her father left behind. By now they had started farming and growing trees on this piece of land. Balikowa’s hostility towards her using the piece of land led them to seek for help from the local leaders. Unfortunately, Balikowa also died and the case was left in the hands of the local leaders without a resolution. They however put a custodian to keep the land as the case went on. The custodian was granted permission to construct a house. However Balikowa’s wife did not like the idea and accused him of stealing the piece of land.

In 2017 Balikowa’s widow reported the matter to police accusing the custodian who had been on the piece of land for over 10 years of theft. He was arrested although he had documents to show that he could stay on the land.

The widow Obito Nyango reported the matter to the probation officer who then referred her to PLA Iganga. However she could not foot the bills causing her to lose hope in getting justice. She went to the local leader who also didn’t have much to say. They however directed her to the HRAs. The HRAs despite getting threats gathered the community, the family and Balikowa’s widow for mediation. Amidst them was a 100-year-old man who confirmed the history of the land. It was finally agreed that the widow of Balikowa would be given time to harvest her crops and cut down the trees that she had planted on the land. The land wrangle that had lasted 37 years was finally settled with the widow and her two daughters getting back their land.

 “I am very grateful and happy because PLA helped us at no cost, may God bless the HRA and the organization at large. We will use the land to cultivate,” said the widow.

“HRA influences a husband to start business for his wife.”

Namukosi Mariam is a 30 year old resident of Buligo Iganga Municipality who had been married for 5 years. In December 2018, she had a misunderstanding with her husband on grounds that he had refused to start for her a business. She sought help from local council leader in the area but didn’t get any. On 19th January 2019, a friend referred her to a PLA Human Rights Advocate (Eva Mbabazi) to whom she went and expressed her challenges. The HRA promised to pay a visit at home and talk to her husband. After two days, the HRA visited her home and meditated on the misunderstanding and explained to the husband the benefits of her woman working. After the mediation, the man pledged to open up a shop for his wife.

Two days after the mediation, the man paid rent for the house and together with the wife did the shopping for the items of the shop. He visited the HRA and informed her about the shop she had started for the wife as promised and the HRA paid the visit to the shop.

“I thank the HRA and PLA at large who helped me to get business because I now stay near my children and can easily get them from school,” said the happy client.

 

 “An elderly man’s land saved thanks to PLA free legal aid services.”

Ntuyo Sinan, a 75 year old Male resident of Butokolo, Iganga district is beyond over joyed as he shares his road to justice.

 ‘In 1974, I mortgaged my land to Difasi Bakika at a fee of 10,000 shillings per year and later left the village without trace for a long period. In 1985, my family called off the mortgage and my brother Ntuyo Abdul paid off the mortgage fee and started using the land’, the client narrates.

In 2018, he returned to his home and wanted to reposess his land but his brother insisted that he was now the rightful owner of the land. He reported the case to the clan leaders but they didn’t help. He later shared his problem with a friend, a past PLA client who referred him to PLA Iganga offices. The legal officer summoned the respondent for mediation and the two parties reached an agreement. The respondent had planted sugar cane to ¾ of the land, built a house on it and planted some trees, bananas and yams on the same.  A memorandum of understanding was signed and it was agreed that the respondent was allowed to harvest the sugar cane planted up to December 2022 and the bananas up to December 2018 and that he will only take 3 trees that are on the clients land and that he will demolish the house constructed on the clients land. The respondent has since then demolished his house and the client has taken possession and ownership of his land.

“I am very grateful to PLA for advancing its goal of providing free legal aid for poor and marginalized people and for enabling him to peacefully reconcile with his brother” Ntuyo Sinan

 

“Mayite Isa gets justice after being convicted for seven years on malicious grounds.”

Mayite Isa, a 40 year old male former store man at Iganga Mixed Town View narrates his ordeal and road to recovering his salary arrears after serving 7 years in jail.

“In 2011, I was arrested and detained at Kitale, Wakiso district on accusations of having been bribed by the Directors wife to pour acid on the headmistress. After 2 years, the director was summoned to produce evidence which he failed to and I was able to get out on bail. However, in 2013, I was declared guilty and given a sentence of 7 years. I was released in March 2018 after serving my sentence,” says Mayite Isa. Upon release, he contacted the director demanding for his salary arrears amounting to 1,620,000 shillings who promised to pay but did not live up to his promise. He opened a file with CPS Iganga and was then referred to PLA by the Community Liaison Officer. In December 2018, he filed a complaint at PLA and his former employer was summoned for mediation. During the mediation that was conducted in the same month, the respondent negotiated and the client accepted a payment of shillings 600,000 shillings which was paid in two installments in January 2019. He used the money to pay school fees for his children that had been studying at the mercy of a relative.

I am very grateful to PLA and I urge the organization to continue sensitizing communities and providing free legal aid services so that many can be able to access justice”, Mayite Isa

 “Man claims his child and starts providing for her as a result of PLA intervention.”

On 31st July 2018, Naisanga Priscilla, a 36 year old resident of Kasokoso Iganga reported a case of child neglect at PLA Iganga office. In her words she narrates:

“My child’s father neglected me after giving birth and even refused to give our child a name. I shared my concern with the LC1 Chairperson but he did not help. On the 2nd August 2018, mediation was called by the lawyer and it turned out to be successful. The father of my child accepted to give her a name, a memorandum of understanding was signed and he has been providing her with the basic needs like food, clothing and medication since then. I am very grateful to PLA for helping my child get a name and for persuading her father to provide for her at zero cost.”

Formerly Marginalized Worker Becomes Self Employed’

Atim Isaac, a 32 year old resident of Ngeta Sub County opens up about his road to self-employment.

‘I was employed as an agronomist at Tatco Uganda Limited for 5 months without pay with salary arrears amounting to 5.5 million shillings. My employer promised to clear my salary arrears but all was in vain. Life became very difficult because I could no longer afford to take care of my family. In December 2019, I shared my problem with a friend who happened to be a past PLA client. I came to PLA and shared my problem with the legal officer and mediation was held with my former employer. It turned out successful and the employer agreed to pay my arrears in installments. My last installment was paid in January 2019. I used the money to start up an agro business dealing in agricultural supplies and equipment. I am now the proud owner of Lira Farmers’ Support Centre. I am very grateful to PLA for fighting for me on my road to justice.

 

“Victory as client recovers 5.28 Million Shillings”

Olung David is a 45 year old resident of Ober Ojwina Division, Lira District who was formerly employed by Ronam Clinic as an administrator in 2016. He worked for one year without pay and had salary arrears amounting to 5,280,000 million shillings. Before coming to PLA, he filed a complaint with the Lira District Labour office but the employer refused to turn up for mediation. In July 2017, he was referred to PLA by the Resident District Commissioner. When he came to PLA, the lawyer called for mediation with his former employer which turned out to be successful. He agreed to pay the arrears in installments and the last installment was paid on the 22nd October 2018. He used part of the money to pay school fees for his children and the other part to buy a weighing scale and stock drugs for his clinic. As a result, he has been able to get more clients. His sales have increased from 150,000 to 450,000 shillings a week. He is very grateful to PLA for helping him get justice at no cost.

 

“Former Supervisor at Nile Electric Company recovers 3,773,000 shillings”

Otule Robert, a 44 year old resident of Adyel Kasubi, Adyel Division, Lira Municipality worked as a supervisor at Nile Electric Company Limited since 2013 and had salary arrears amounting to 3,773,000 shillings. He and a group of 10 colleagues before coming to PLA hired a private lawyer at a fee of 1,000,000 shillings to handle their issue of non-payment. The process got costly along the way as the lawyer kept demanding for more money. They were then advised by a past PLA client to seek legal aid at PLA and in April 2018, a file was opened. The employer was called for mediation and he agreed to pay the money in 2 installments. The first installment was paid in November 2018 and the second in January 2019. “I used part of the money to pay off debts that had accumulated and school fees for my children. I also bought a second hand motorcycle at 900,000 shillings which I use for transport. I plan to use the balance to plant 500 pine trees in Kole to secure the future. I am very grateful to PLA for enabling me access justice and urge them to continue with the good work because many workers lack legal representation.” Otule Robert

 Otule Robert shares his story with the M&E Volunteer and on the right poses for a picture with his motorcycle at his home in Adyel.

“Teacher recovers 560,000 shillings in Salary arrears as a result of PLA intervention.”

Okeng Lydia, a 22 year old resident of Olwa Village, Lira Municipality shares her road to justice with the M&E Volunteer.

‘I worked as a teacher at Bright Light Nursery School for 3 months without pay. I lost morale to work because I could no longer afford to pay school fees for my brother and take care of my sick mother and was thinking about going back to the village. When I asked the head teacher to pay my arrears, he threatened to terminate me. On the 8th of August 2018, a friend advised me to file a complaint with the labour office and when I did, the labour officer referred me to PLA. The lawyer summoned the head teacher and he agreed to pay the money in two installments. I received the last installment on the 8th February 2019. I used the money to pay school fees for my brother. I got a new job at Hope Alive Primary School and my salary is being paid on time. I commend PLA for the good work it is doing in fighting for rights of marginalized workers.

 

 

“Retired Kitchen attendant is awarded 6.5 million shillings as gratuity as a result of PLA intervention.”     

Mbanjitale Peter is a 63 year resident of National Housing and Medical Quarters Mulago 1, Central Division. He retired from his job as a kitchen attendant at Mulago hospital in 2017 after serving for a period of 30 years and was not given any gratuity. In 2018, he was served an eviction notice by the hospital to evacuate the staff quarters. He wrote a complaint to Mulago Hospital asking them to pay his gratuity so that he can hand over the house but they did not respond. He got to know about PLA through community meetings that were organized and attended by some PLA staff. In January 2018, he came to PLA offices and a notice of consideration of eviction was written to the director which stopped the eviction.  In April 2018, they responded by remitting 6.5 million shillings into his account. He used the money to pay off debts that had accumulated and school fees for children.  He is very grateful to PLA for helping him get his gratuity at zero cost.

     

“Teacher receives 1.7 million shillings as payment for unfair termination.”

Miriam Olupot Susan, a 38 year old resident of Janda, Namugongo Wakiso District was unfairly terminated by Dream Africa School after working as a teacher for two years. She shared her issue with a neighbor, a former PLA staff who advised her to seek for legal aid at PLA. In September 2018, she came to PLA and shared her legal challenges with the lawyer. The lawyer held mediation with the former employer who agreed to pay her 1.7 million shillings as payment in lieu of unfair termination. She received the payment in December 2018 and used the money to pay school fees for her son since she happens to be a single mother. She is very thankful to PLA for helping her get justice without pay and urges them to continue with the good work.  

 

“Teacher gets justice after being unfairly terminated.”

Ayebare Andrew is a 33 year old resident of Nansana Wakiso District. He was unfairly terminated after working as a teacher at Alpha and Omega Primary School Namasuba. “In 2018, I was unfairly terminated by the directors of the school without a fair hearing.” I had heard about PLA in 2013 on Simba radio from where I got the toll free line. I contacted them through toll free line and was advised to report to PLA offices for legal advice. In September 2018, I came to PLA and reported my legal issue. The lawyer called my former employer for a mediation during which he agreed to remit my N.S.S.F amounting to 910,000 shillings and salary advance for the next three months amounting to 1,260,000 shillings. In total, I received 2,170,000 as payment for my N.S.S.F and compensation for unfair termination. I used 200,000 shillings for resettling at Dream Africa School Kamwokya where I am currently teaching and I hope to use the balance to expand my farm in Mubende.

 “I commend PLA for the great work it is doing in getting justice for the vulnerable and marginalized workers and urge them to continue creating awareness and offering legal aid services

“Former cook at Bilal Islamic School receives 2.5 million shillings as compensation for unfair termination.”

Nambooze Rukia is a 55 year old resident of Kakiri Wakiso district who worked as a cook at Bilal Islamic School for 22 years. She was unfairly terminated in November 2015 without paying her any gratuity. Rukia was only paid a salary advance for one month. She filed a complaint at Wakiso labour office,the labour officer made numerous attempts to call the principal for mediation in vain. She was then advised by a friend to seek help at Uganda Human Rights Network, Nsibambi road and from there, she was referred to KCCA Labour office which advised her to seek legal aid at PLA. In June 2016, Rukia came to PLA and mediation was held with his former employers who agreed to pay her 2.5 million shillings as gratuity for her service. She received the full payment in November 2018 and used the money to buy a container, fridge and rabbits. She is now self-employed dealing in soft drinks and snacks. She is very grateful to PLA for helping her get justice and urges them to continue with the good work.  

 

“Elwatu Robert gets justice for unfair termination.”

Elwatu Robert is a 39 year old resident of Kalonda zone Bukoto, Nakawa division who was unfairly terminated after working as a receptionist at Kabira Country Club for 15 years. He was terminated without any hearing and was not paid for the days he had worked in the month of December. Robert was told not to return to the premises until after 60 working days. He agreed on the conditions and returned to Kabira to demand for his arrears after the time period had elapsed but all was in vain. He reported the case to Nakawa labour office on the 14th December 2018 and it is from there that he was referred to PLA. On the 25th February 2019, he came to PLA and shared his legal challenges with a lawyer who called the former employers for mediation. The employer agreed to pay him 1,218,00

“Sweet victory to family as HRA helps them recover their land.”

In 2016, the father of Taban Ismael, Kanabi Ibrahim, Rwendekye  Zabika and Kasisuwi Esseza, all residents of Bwayunga A, Kaliro district wanted to sell their land covering 60*276Meters which their grandfather had given to them. Their father who remarried wanted to give the piece of land to his new wife who, even after buying various pieces of land for claimed they were infertile and wanted that particular one. His children together with their grandfather refused to sell off the land.  The family reported the matter to local leaders who didn’t provide them with a solution. When the grandfather died; the father bribed local leaders and brought buyers to buy the land. This caught the attention of the community members who demonstrated and chased the buyers away. In January 2019, community members referred the family to PLA Human Rights Activist who organized a mediation meeting with their father, uncles, local leaders and community members. During the meeting, the HRA informed their father that the land belonged to the children since it had been left to them by their grandfather and they had a land title as evidence and that he should desist from trying to sell it to anyone. Their father gave up on the attempt and decided to relocate to Jinja. The family is now using the land for farming and settlement.

I appreciate the PLA Human Rights Advocate and PLA and i am happy because the organization helped us to settle our case with our father at no cost” Kasisuwi Eseza.

 

“Widow and daughters recover 7 acres of land.”

Obito married a man who was originally from Zaire and gave birth to two daughters. Unfortunately he passed on in 1982 leaving behind 7 acres of land. Christopher Muzigu was elected as the family heir unfortunately he also died and a new heir Balikowa David was put up. Balikowa requested his paternal aunt (the widow) to use part of the land since he had no land and no one was using the inherited land at the time. Obito Nyango, the widow accepted since she was not living in the area or using the piece of land and they would have someone keep it away from any encroachers. Unfortunately, this is where the problem started from.

Balikowa and his wife took charge of the land and even stopped one of the daughters from using the land her father left behind. By now they had started farming and growing trees on this piece of land. Balikowa’s hostility towards her using the piece of land led them to seek for help from the local leaders. Unfortunately, Balikowa also died and the case was left in the hands of the local leaders without a resolution. They however put a custodian to keep the land as the case went on. The custodian was granted permission to construct a house. However Balikowa’s wife did not like the idea and accused him of stealing the piece of land.

In 2017 Balikowa’s widow reported the matter to police accusing the custodian who had been on the piece of land for over 10 years of theft. He was arrested although he had documents to show that he could stay on the land.

The widow Obito Nyango reported the matter to the probation officer who then referred her to PLA Iganga. However she could not foot the bills causing her to lose hope in getting justice. She went to the local leader who also didn’t have much to say. They however directed her to the HRAs. The HRAs despite getting threats gathered the community, the family and Balikowa’s widow for mediation. Amidst them was a 100-year-old man who confirmed the history of the land. It was finally agreed that the widow of Balikowa would be given time to harvest her crops and cut down the trees that she had planted on the land. The land wrangle that had lasted 37 years was finally settled with the widow and her two daughters getting back their land.

 “I am very grateful and happy because PLA helped us at no cost, may God bless the HRA and the organization at large. We will use the land to cultivate,” said the widow.

 

“HRA influences a husband to start business for his wife.”

Namukosi Mariam is a 30 year old resident of Buligo Iganga Municipality who had been married for 5 years. In December 2018, she had a misunderstanding with her husband on grounds that he had refused to start for her a business. She sought help from local council leader in the area but didn’t get any. On 19th January 2019, a friend referred her to a PLA Human Rights Advocate (Eva Mbabazi) to whom she went and expressed her challenges. The HRA promised to pay a visit at home and talk to her husband. After two days, the HRA visited her home and meditated on the misunderstanding and explained to the husband the benefits of her woman working. After the mediation, the man pledged to open up a shop for his wife.

Two days after the mediation, the man paid rent for the house and together with the wife did the shopping for the items of the shop. He visited the HRA and informed her about the shop she had started for the wife as promised and the HRA paid the visit to the shop.

“I thank the HRA and PLA at large who helped me to get business because I now stay near my children and can easily get them from school,” said the happy client.

 

 “An elderly man’s land saved thanks to PLA free legal aid services.”

Ntuyo Sinan, a 75 year old Male resident of Butokolo, Iganga district is beyond over joyed as he shares his road to justice.

 ‘In 1974, I mortgaged my land to Difasi Bakika at a fee of 10,000 shillings per year and later left the village without trace for a long period. In 1985, my family called off the mortgage and my brother Ntuyo Abdul paid off the mortgage fee and started using the land’, the client narrates.

In 2018, he returned to his home and wanted to reposess his land but his brother insisted that he was now the rightful owner of the land. He reported the case to the clan leaders but they didn’t help. He later shared his problem with a friend, a past PLA client who referred him to PLA Iganga offices. The legal officer summoned the respondent for mediation and the two parties reached an agreement. The respondent had planted sugar cane to ¾ of the land, built a house on it and planted some trees, bananas and yams on the same.  A memorandum of understanding was signed and it was agreed that the respondent was allowed to harvest the sugar cane planted up to December 2022 and the bananas up to December 2018 and that he will only take 3 trees that are on the clients land and that he will demolish the house constructed on the clients land. The respondent has since then demolished his house and the client has taken possession and ownership of his land.

“I am very grateful to PLA for advancing its goal of providing free legal aid for poor and marginalized people and for enabling him to peacefully reconcile with his brother” Ntuyo Sinan

 

“Mayite Isa gets justice after being convicted for seven years on malicious grounds.”

Mayite Isa, a 40 year old male former store man at Iganga Mixed Town View narrates his ordeal and road to recovering his salary arrears after serving 7 years in jail.

“In 2011, I was arrested and detained at Kitale, Wakiso district on accusations of having been bribed by the Directors wife to pour acid on the headmistress. After 2 years, the director was summoned to produce evidence which he failed to and I was able to get out on bail. However, in 2013, I was declared guilty and given a sentence of 7 years. I was released in March 2018 after serving my sentence,” says Mayite Isa. Upon release, he contacted the director demanding for his salary arrears amounting to 1,620,000 shillings who promised to pay but did not live up to his promise. He opened a file with CPS Iganga and was then referred to PLA by the Community Liaison Officer. In December 2018, he filed a complaint at PLA and his former employer was summoned for mediation. During the mediation that was conducted in the same month, the respondent negotiated and the client accepted a payment of shillings 600,000 shillings which was paid in two installments in January 2019. He used the money to pay school fees for his children that had been studying at the mercy of a relative.

I am very grateful to PLA and I urge the organization to continue sensitizing communities and providing free legal aid services so that many can be able to access justice”, Mayite Isa

 “Man claims his child and starts providing for her as a result of PLA intervention.”

On 31st July 2018, Naisanga Priscilla, a 36 year old resident of Kasokoso Iganga reported a case of child neglect at PLA Iganga office. In her words she narrates:

“My child’s father neglected me after giving birth and even refused to give our child a name. I shared my concern with the LC1 Chairperson but he did not help. On the 2nd August 2018, mediation was called by the lawyer and it turned out to be successful. The father of my child accepted to give her a name, a memorandum of understanding was signed and he has been providing her with the basic needs like food, clothing and medication since then. I am very grateful to PLA for helping my child get a name and for persuading her father to provide for her at zero cost.”

Formerly Marginalized Worker Becomes Self Employed’

Atim Isaac, a 32 year old resident of Ngeta Sub County opens up about his road to self-employment.

‘I was employed as an agronomist at Tatco Uganda Limited for 5 months without pay with salary arrears amounting to 5.5 million shillings. My employer promised to clear my salary arrears but all was in vain. Life became very difficult because I could no longer afford to take care of my family. In December 2019, I shared my problem with a friend who happened to be a past PLA client. I came to PLA and shared my problem with the legal officer and mediation was held with my former employer. It turned out successful and the employer agreed to pay my arrears in installments. My last installment was paid in January 2019. I used the money to start up an agro business dealing in agricultural supplies and equipment. I am now the proud owner of Lira Farmers’ Support Centre. I am very grateful to PLA for fighting for me on my road to justice.

 

“Victory as client recovers 5.28 Million Shillings”

Olung David is a 45 year old resident of Ober Ojwina Division, Lira District who was formerly employed by Ronam Clinic as an administrator in 2016. He worked for one year without pay and had salary arrears amounting to 5,280,000 million shillings. Before coming to PLA, he filed a complaint with the Lira District Labour office but the employer refused to turn up for mediation. In July 2017, he was referred to PLA by the Resident District Commissioner. When he came to PLA, the lawyer called for mediation with his former employer which turned out to be successful. He agreed to pay the arrears in installments and the last installment was paid on the 22nd October 2018. He used part of the money to pay school fees for his children and the other part to buy a weighing scale and stock drugs for his clinic. As a result, he has been able to get more clients. His sales have increased from 150,000 to 450,000 shillings a week. He is very grateful to PLA for helping him get justice at no cost.

“Former Supervisor at Nile Electric Company recovers 3,773,000 shillings”

Otule Robert, a 44 year old resident of Adyel Kasubi, Adyel Division, Lira Municipality worked as a supervisor at Nile Electric Company Limited since 2013 and had salary arrears amounting to 3,773,000 shillings. He and a group of 10 colleagues before coming to PLA hired a private lawyer at a fee of 1,000,000 shillings to handle their issue of non-payment. The process got costly along the way as the lawyer kept demanding for more money. They were then advised by a past PLA client to seek legal aid at PLA and in April 2018, a file was opened. The employer was called for mediation and he agreed to pay the money in 2 installments. The first installment was paid in November 2018 and the second in January 2019. “I used part of the money to pay off debts that had accumulated and school fees for my children. I also bought a second hand motorcycle at 900,000 shillings which I use for transport. I plan to use the balance to plant 500 pine trees in Kole to secure the future. I am very grateful to PLA for enabling me access justice and urge them to continue with the good work because many workers lack legal representation.” Otule Robert

“Teacher recovers 560,000 shillings in Salary arrears as a result of PLA intervention.”

Okeng Lydia, a 22 year old resident of Olwa Village, Lira Municipality shares her road to justice with the M&E Volunteer.

‘I worked as a teacher at Bright Light Nursery School for 3 months without pay. I lost morale to work because I could no longer afford to pay school fees for my brother and take care of my sick mother and was thinking about going back to the village. When I asked the head teacher to pay my arrears, he threatened to terminate me. On the 8th of August 2018, a friend advised me to file a complaint with the labour office and when I did, the labour officer referred me to PLA. The lawyer summoned the head teacher and he agreed to pay the money in two installments. I received the last installment on the 8th February 2019. I used the money to pay school fees for my brother. I got a new job at Hope Alive Primary School and my salary is being paid on time. I commend PLA for the good work it is doing in fighting for rights of marginalized workers.

“Retired Kitchen attendant is awarded 6.5 million shillings as gratuity as a result of PLA intervention.”     

Mbanjitale Peter is a 63 year resident of National Housing and Medical Quarters Mulago 1, Central Division. He retired from his job as a kitchen attendant at Mulago hospital in 2017 after serving for a period of 30 years and was not given any gratuity. In 2018, he was served an eviction notice by the hospital to evacuate the staff quarters. He wrote a complaint to Mulago Hospital asking them to pay his gratuity so that he can hand over the house but they did not respond. He got to know about PLA through community meetings that were organized and attended by some PLA staff. In January 2018, he came to PLA offices and a notice of consideration of eviction was written to the director which stopped the eviction.  In April 2018, they responded by remitting 6.5 million shillings into his account. He used the money to pay off debts that had accumulated and school fees for children.  He is very grateful to PLA for helping him get his gratuity at zero cost.

 “Teacher receives 1.7 million shillings as payment for unfair termination.”

Miriam Olupot Susan, a 38 year old resident of Janda, Namugongo Wakiso District was unfairly terminated by Dream Africa School after working as a teacher for two years. She shared her issue with a neighbor, a former PLA staff who advised her to seek for legal aid at PLA. In September 2018, she came to PLA and shared her legal challenges with the lawyer. The lawyer held mediation with the former employer who agreed to pay her 1.7 million shillings as payment in lieu of unfair termination. She received the payment in December 2018 and used the money to pay school fees for her son since she happens to be a single mother. She is very thankful to PLA for helping her get justice without pay and urges them to continue with the good work.  

“Teacher gets justice after being unfairly terminated.”

Ayebare Andrew is a 33 year old resident of Nansana Wakiso District. He was unfairly terminated after working as a teacher at Alpha and Omega Primary School Namasuba. “In 2018, I was unfairly terminated by the directors of the school without a fair hearing.” I had heard about PLA in 2013 on Simba radio from where I got the toll free line. I contacted them through toll free line and was advised to report to PLA offices for legal advice. In September 2018, I came to PLA and reported my legal issue. The lawyer called my former employer for a mediation during which he agreed to remit my N.S.S.F amounting to 910,000 shillings and salary advance for the next three months amounting to 1,260,000 shillings. In total, I received 2,170,000 as payment for my N.S.S.F and compensation for unfair termination. I used 200,000 shillings for resettling at Dream Africa School Kamwokya where I am currently teaching and I hope to use the balance to expand my farm in Mubende.

 “I commend PLA for the great work it is doing in getting justice for the vulnerable and marginalized workers and urge them to continue creating awareness and offering legal aid services

“Former cook at Bilal Islamic School receives 2.5 million shillings as compensation for unfair termination.”

Nambooze Rukia is a 55 year old resident of Kakiri Wakiso district who worked as a cook at Bilal Islamic School for 22 years. She was unfairly terminated in November 2015 without paying her any gratuity. Rukia was only paid a salary advance for one month. She filed a complaint at Wakiso labour office,the labour officer made numerous attempts to call the principal for mediation in vain. She was then advised by a friend to seek help at Uganda Human Rights Network, Nsibambi road and from there, she was referred to KCCA Labour office which advised her to seek legal aid at PLA. In June 2016, Rukia came to PLA and mediation was held with his former employers who agreed to pay her 2.5 million shillings as gratuity for her service. She received the full payment in November 2018 and used the money to buy a container, fridge and rabbits. She is now self-employed dealing in soft drinks and snacks. She is very grateful to PLA for helping her get justice and urges them to continue with the good work.  

“Elwatu Robert gets justice for unfair termination.”

Elwatu Robert is a 39 year old resident of Kalonda zone Bukoto, Nakawa division who was unfairly terminated after working as a receptionist at Kabira Country Club for 15 years. He was terminated without any hearing and was not paid for the days he had worked in the month of December. Robert was told not to return to the premises until after 60 working days. He agreed on the conditions and returned to Kabira to demand for his arrears after the time period had elapsed but all was in vain. He reported the case to Nakawa labour office on the 14th December 2018 and it is from there that he was referred to PLA. On the 25th February 2019, he came to PLA and shared his legal challenges with a lawyer who called the former employers for mediation. The employer agreed to pay him 1,218,000 shillings as claims for the days he had worked in December and salary advance for the next three months. He hopes to use the money to transport his property back to his home in Kaberamaido and for resettlement. He commends PLA for the good work it is doing in fighting for rights of marginalized workers and hopes they continue with the good spirit.

“Client is paid 1.3 million shillings in lieu of unfair termination.”

Turyasingura Deogratius, a 40 year old resident of Entebbe is a former teacher at Bweyala Junior School whose services were terminated without a fair hearing in 2015. He attempted to seek justice from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development but was not helped. In 2016, he shared his issue with a friend who advised him to seek legal aid at PLA. When he came to PLA, mediation was called with his former employer who refused to show up. The case was then referred to industrial court and the employer agreed to pay him 1.3 million shillings in lieu of unfair termination. The payment was received in March 2019. The client hopes to use the money to process his paper work to go abroad and look for greener pastures. He is very grateful to PLA for helping him get justice after he had lost all hope.

 

“Client is paid 1.3 million shillings in lieu of unfair termination.”

Turyasingura Deogratius, a 40 year old resident of Entebbe is a former teacher at Bweyala Junior School whose services were terminated without a fair hearing in 2015. He attempted to seek justice from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development but was not helped. In 2016, he shared his issue with a friend who advised him to seek legal aid at PLA. When he came to PLA, mediation was called with his former employer who refused to show up. The case was then referred to industrial court and the employer agreed to pay him 1.3 million shillings in lieu of unfair termination. The payment was received in March 2019. The client hopes to use the money to process his paper work to go abroad and look for greener pastures. He is very grateful to PLA for helping him get justice after he had lost all hope.

 

14 (2 female, 12 male) accessed police bond at no charge. 7 males from Amolotar central police station, 2 (1 female, 1 male) from Dokolo central police station and 5(1female and 4 male) at Kaliro Police Station.

As a result of our intervention, Wakora John Bosco our client was reinstated back to his job which he had lost as a result of unfair termination. Wakora who had sustained injuries in the course of employment had been terminated and his wages for the two months he was temporarily incapacitated had not been paid.  The Legal team in Iganga Engaged the employer who was able to understand his responsibilities and acknowledged his unlawful actions. The employer paid the wages and also requested Wakora to return to work in a less demanding job.   

12 single mothers were enabled to recover, own and control properties including land and bicycle which their in-laws and family members had wrongfully taken from them or tress passed upon as well as accessed basic needs for their children from the fathers of their children. Example of such women that benefited from our legal aid program are;

Ojuka Santa a 34-year-old single mother of three in Amolata district who recovered her bicycle from a one Ogwang Geoffrey her brother in law who had taken away the bicycle from her following her husband passion on.  She reported a case to PLA partner CBO in Amolatar in March 2018 to which the paralegal intervened resulting into Geoffrey returning Santa’s bicycle. Ogwang was educated on the rights of women/ widows to inherit and manage their late husband’s properties without disturbance which he appreciated. He even apologized to Santa.

“In January 2016 I bought an acre of land at 1,400,000/= from Agnes Akello. I had accumulated this money from selling goats and cows for over 8 months hence I was struggling to get it. After a period of two months, the brother and other family members to Mrs Akello wrote a letter to me informing me that the land I bought belongs to the family and it is to be sold to only clan members and hence used the wrong channels to buy the land. I then requested for my refund which Mrs Okello did not have. She spent two months without refunding me hence reported the case to the LC1 of Aburukot Mr Omino Ambrose who directed me to Amolatar CBO/ PLA. They called Mrs Akello for a mediation and she was able to pay 1,800,000/= since the value had accumulated with interest. I used the money to construct a 4 roomed house (side picture, upper), bought Iron sheets, paid school fees for my child in primary school and also planted 2 acres of sunflower (side picture, lower). I was very satisfied with the free services they offered to me although I faced communication and transport challenges from home to office whenever there was mediation. I thank PLA for the good work because without them I would not own this house.”

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