The plaintiff a nursing officer Grade I in the Public Service
attached to Mulago Referral Hospital filed this suit against the
Attorney General for: A declaration that the plaintiff is an
employee of the defendants. Reinstatement on government
payroll and deployment. Salary arrears from January 2005 to
date. General damages and exemplary damages.
Court considered whether the plaintiff was lawfully deleted
from the payroll.
Court ruled that all public servants must be obedient to the
rules and regulations that govern their employment. It was
incumbent upon the plaintiff to ensure that she does not leave
duty without following due process.
Court held that in the circumstances of this case the plaintiff
did not properly take study leave. For all intents and purposes,
it means she absconded from duty within the meaning of
Section A-n para 17-19 of the Public Service Standing Orders.
It is the responsibility of a public officer to inform in writing
the responsible officer about his or her absence from duty.
Court accordingly held that the plaintiff absconded from duty
and dismissed the suit.