Former Crane Bank employees to sue dfcu bank

By Anthony Wesaka

At least 10 former employees of Crane Bank, now under receivership, have run to the High Court in Kampala seeking permission to sue dfcu Bank on behalf of about 400 other sacked colleagues.

The ex-employees accuse the bank of breach of their employment contract and violation of their rights when they lost their jobs after dfcu Bank took over Crane Bank in January.

Before the takeover, the central bank had assured the 700 employees that they would not lose their jobs.
However, after dfcu took over the bank, some of the employees were sacked in a disputed restructuring exercise that also saw several ranches closed.

According to the court documents, the former employees say their sacking contravened the Employment Act (2006).

The applicants are being represented by lawyers of Centre for Legal Aid led by Isaac Ssemakadde.

The suing of dfcu Bank by the nine ex-employees of Crane Bank, comes barely a month after BoU sued Mr Ruparelia, the former Crane Bank proprietor, and his Meera Investments Company, for allegedly fleecing the bank of about Shs400b in fraudulent transactions and transfers.