Parliament has indefinitely extended the leave for the embattled Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Chris Obore as he awaits a final decision by the Parliamentary Commission.
The indefinite extension of Obore’s forced leave is contained in a letter by the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige which was authored on February 5, 2019.
This comes following the elapse of the 144days of forced leave which he has been serving since last year.
It should be recalled that on 18th September 2019, the Clerk to Parliament wrote to Obore requiring him to take up accumulated leave of 144 days and subsequent conduct following the instructions.
Obore’s matters were discussed in the meeting of the Parliamentary Commission held on 17th January 2020, whose findings await final decision.
She wrote, “While awaiting to be guided on the way forward by the Commission. I have been directed to instruct you to remain away from your duties on the same terms as earlier communicated to you in my letter of 18th September 2019 until the Commission guides accordingly.”
The Clerk to Parliament also revealed that as Obore awaits the decision by the Parliamentary Commission, the Deputy Clerk Corporate Affairs, Henry Waisaw is instructed to continue managing the affairs of the Department of Communication and Public Affairs.
It should be remembered that Obore secured a court injunction over the move by the Clerk of Parliament to have his five year contract terminated.
On March 18, 2019, Obore received a letter terminating his services at Parliament from the Clerk to Parliament and was required to handover office within 15 days. In the letter, the Clerk noted that the decision to have his job terminated followed a report from the Inspector General of Government (IGG) that had undertook an investigation into how Obore was procured for the job.
It is rumored that the report exposed alot of irregularities and illegalities that were perhaps committee by the commission in hiring Obore’s services.