AXED NDA EMPLOYEE DRAGS BITEKYEREZO TO COURT AS SHE BATTLES BREAST CANCER
By Andrew Baba
Florence Nakachwa, the former head of Drug Assessment and Registration at National Drug Authority (NDA) has sued the agency, headed by Board Chairperson Dr Medard Bitekyerezo, over “unfair” termination of her contract.
Nakachwa, who is battling cancer, has asked court to order NDA Board and Management to halt her “unfair” ejection from office.
She argues that Bitekyerezo, the former Mbarara Municipality MP, and his board are “trying to isolate me on the basis of my frail health because they say that I am not as productive as I was before.”
Through her Lawyers of Kituuma Magala and Company Advocates, Nakachwa is challenging the termination of her contract, which runs out at the end of February, pending the full determination of her case in court.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, Nakachwa had to travel abroad for medical attention, sometimes spending weeks outside the country in a desperate attempt to save her life.
On return, however, she was shocked to find that her usual desk of operation had been removed from NDA’s operation structure by the Board.
In an email sent to her on September 05, 2017, Nakachwa was ordered to report to the Director in charge of Product Assessment and Registration to receive an alternative task on the secretary’s recommendation. She, the email further read, would not be involved in any work involving direct supervision of any staff member.
Later, Nakachwa was transferred to the Inspectorate Department.
Her laptop computer was withdrawn from her and access to official communication both within and outside the agency blocked.