They claim that they are here to make sure that No child dies from preventable causes, help children attain the right to survival, protection, development and ensure that all children learn from a quality basic education.
But for Jimmy Kato Nyombi’s children and grandchildren may not live to see what the so called Save the Children a None Governmental Organization helping needy children is fighting for because of the stigmatization, harassment and victimization he has received from the organization that is supposed to be the one protecting him.
Nyombi was born 49 years ago in Kagoma Maganja Zone A in Wakiso district. He says he started working with Save the Children Uganda in 1995 at the time when it was called Redd Barn as an organization driver.
“I worked with them for 10 years then countries including Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada and others merged and formed Save the Children International in 2004.We consolidated and they gave us jobs ”Nyombi says.
Nyombi explains that his troubles started in the subsequent year 2005 when he was discontinued from his duties on grounds that he was HIV positive.
He adds that he was examined after falling sick at the organization national staff clinic Abii Clinic located in Wandegeya and he was found to be HIV positive.
“Doctors and nurses counselled me and told me to tell the Human Resource Manager Lydia Ntege who was sitting at the head offices at Kiira road opposite Uganda Museum.
“I went and talked to her and explained everything to Ntege and she told me she would discuss my issue with the senior managers to see how to help me”.
He however says he was shocked the following day while he was seated at the gate and a gatekeeper came and grieved with him for being infected with HIV.
“I started feeling stigmatized because it was only Ntege whom I had confined my medical information and from there I started to becoming weak and sickly. “He adds.
He noted that “I would ask for sick leave and she would grant me the permission but I almost died when she forced me to drive from Kampala to Moroto and come back to Kampala in just 24 hours without facilitation and fuel.
“She said I was to drive to Karamoja and come back to Kampala in just 24 hours yet earlier on we would drive for the whole week. I was given 60000/- for transport contingent and upkeep”
He says while he was on the way coming back to Kampala, the vehicle ran out of fuel in Jinja and used the remaining money to refuel since he did not go with fuel card.
“On reaching Bweyogerere, the car again ran out of fuel and went to a nearby fuel station where he deposited his phone as security in order to be given fuel to take him up to office in Kampala where he was going to sign for money and go pick his phone.
He drove and parked the vehicle at the head office. However, to his surprise, the following day he went to sign a voucher in the office of the organization transport manager one Simon Nigo who instead grabbed it and tore it into pieces saying he wanted to defraud the organization.
“I again asked for sick leave since I had over worked and I was not feeling well doctors had recommendations me to go for rest”.
“That night, my conditions worsened and I was rushed to KCCA health center on Kiira road where I was put on drip. I was subsequently reffered to Abii clinic where I spent one week.”
Nyombi explains that while he was at home, they brought a forged certificate of termination at his home by a one David Matovu an Assistant Human resource manager who gave it to his wife.
They claimed that on 19 September 2005, he was summoned and appeared before the disciplinary committee yet the same date he was in Karamoja where he spent a night on organization duties.
In the termination letter they claimed that he appeared before the committee and adds that they forged his signature of attendance though it’s the same company that had sent him to Moroto.
His services were terminated on grounds that he was insubordinate, negligence of duty and intent to defraud organization.
He notes that he was employed by the organization and used to earn shs 730000/ and was summarily dismissed on grounds of his HIV positive and was not given his terminal benefits and severance allowances among others.
Nyombi adds that under terms and conditions, the organization was supposed to meet all his medical expenses from the date of employment up to the end of his employment contract which was not meant.
“From the time I was summarily dismissed, I have suffered and continue suffering psychological torture and trauma as result of dismissal.
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