On 1st this month, the radio’s lawyer, Justus Muhangi of Muhangi & Partners Advocates issued a response refuting the trio’s accusations.
Jude (in a sweater) with Bishop AlAloysious Kiiza (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)
There is a
bitter row between the management of the Kabale based Hope Radio and three former
staff members over their salaries arrears worth Shillings 5.5 million.
Tumuhimbise, Nelson Twakiire and Jude Twinomujuni accuse the station, which
belongs to Bishop Aloysious Kiiza of Lift Up Jesus Global Ministries
Kabale of failure to pay their salaries from December 2019.
and Tumuhimbise left the station last month. Twinomujuni was also sacked
last month for allegedly demanding his arrears.
According to Twinomujuni and Tumuhimbise,
the station owes them Shillings 2.1 million while Twakiire demands Shillings
accuses Bishop Kiiza of deliberately declining to listen to their demand
to clear their arrears. Twijomujuni and Twakiire have worked for Hope radio for
five years and six years respectively.
Tumuhimbise joined early last year.
The three former workers
served the station with a notice of intention to sue on June 25, 2020.
However, the Operations Manager Hope Radio, King James Bagyenzi,
says the three workers are biased since they no longer work for the station and
declined to speak more.
On July 1st,
2020, the station lawyer, Alfred Okello of Prudens Law Advocates issued a response refuting the trio’s
He instead claimed that Twinomujuni was axed for stealing a Voice
Recorder valued at Shillings 600,000.
Okello also accused Twakiire and Tumuhimbise of stealthily paying
themselves from the station revenue before they absconded from duty.
claims that Twakiire and Tumuhimise paid
themselves Shillings 200,000 and 600,000 respectively.
Okello also claims that
the trio has been volunteering at the station and were not full time staff,
adding that they will be sued for defaming Bishop Kiiza’s image since all their accusations are baseless.