EAC Asks Regional Court to Dismiss Suit by Former Employee

Arusha, 23 April 2013: The Secretary General of the East African Community has asked the First Instance Division of the East African Court of Justice to dismiss a suit filed by a former employee of the intergovernmental organization as a result of a dispute over the duration of her contract.

Ms. Angella Amudo, who had been a project accountant at EAC, filed a claim against the EAC Secretary General alleging that she was employed as a professional staff accountant and was therefore entitled to a five year contract renewable once under the EAC Staff Rules and Regulations but says the Secretary General illegally caused her to sign a contract for twenty two months instead of the five years and has thus sought the Court’s intervention.

Appearing in the EACJ on behalf of the Secretary General today, Mr. Stephen Agaba however asked the Court to dismiss the claim with costs, contending that it was time-barred under Article 30 (2) of the EAC Treaty which provides a time limit of two months for a case to be filed in Court from the day in which the dispute arose or from the day it first came to the knowledge of the claimant.

The Advocate for the Respondent, Mr. James Nangwala, opposed the submissions of the Applicant and stated that the claim is properly before the Court under Article 31 of the Treaty which provides the Court the jurisdiction to determine any dispute between the Community and its employees without regard to the two months time limit.

He therefore asked the Court to uphold the claim and dismiss the application by the EAC.

The Court will deliver its ruling on 2 May 2013.

About the EACJ

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ or ‘the Court’), is one of the organs of the East African Community established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community. Established in November 2001, the Court’s major responsibility is to ensure the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the EAC Treaty.

Arusha is the temporary seat of the Court until the Summit determines its permanent seat. The High Courts of the Partner States serve as sub-registries.

For more information please contact:

Prof. Dr. John Ruhangisa, Registrar
Email: ruhangisa@eachq.org

Ms. Geraldine Umugwaneza, Deputy Registrar
Email: umugwaneza@eachq.org

Owora Richard Othieno, Head of Department;
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs;
EAC Secretariat
Tel: +255 784 835021; Email: othieno@eachq.org

East African Court of Justice
Arusha, Tanzania

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