A junior member of staff attached to the office of the embattled director of Communications Chris Obore, has said that his boss stalked a fire that is ‘most likely to consume him’
Obore was on Friday sent into forced leave.
Jane Kibirige, the Clerk of Parliament wrote to Obore on Wednesday, noting that “I have been directed to inform you to take your accumulated leave with immediate effect.”
The letter was copied to the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, Deputy Clerk Corporate Affairs, Henry Waiswa, and Deputy Clerk and also the Directors for Human Resource and Finance.
To avoid further access, new locks were procured for Obore’s office to keep him out. According to Obore’s subordinate who prefers anonymity, the director of communications is most likely not to return after the 140 days of leave.
“He is right into the fight, 140 days of forced leave is just the icing on the cake. The fact that even locks have been changed shows that wherever the fight is headed, it may end with him (Obore) out. He is this close, but not entirely out,” the staff told Nile Post in a private meeting.
“This could just leave and we are reading so much into it. However, standing from Obore’s perspective, there is a deeper meaning. He is aware of a plot to hound him out and this looks like an open window to achieve it,” the staff added.
Nile Post understands that Obore has been living in denial because all signs of his exit were written all over the building, right from the foyer to the speaker’s chambers.
According to an officer from Rebecca Kadaga’s office, Obore has not been allowed in the speaker’s chambers for quite some time.
“Obore and the speaker don’t see eye to eye, he was banned from access here,” the officer told us.
Indeed, on receiving communication for leave, Obore dashed to his lawyers to thwart the forced leave.
Obore took oath of office on September 3, 2015 after he emerged most fit for the job, beating three others including colleague; Charles Mwanguhya Mpagi.
However, shortly after his first few months in office, Obore’s troubles began and hardly a year later, he was loathed by most staff, senior and junior.
A few more months later, he reportedly fell out with the alpha and omega of parliament- Rebecca Kadaga, who we understand could have been instrumental in his appointment to the post.
On May 10, 2018, Obore’s luck finally lost its legs when in a post on social media, he attacked Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire who is inseparable with Kadaga.
In his post, Obore accused Bamugemereire of forcing a fake English accent and trying so hard to impress like a S.6 student while conducting her business at the Land Commission. He also went ahead and accused her of shouting like a kid.
Obore fights back then tries changing
Obore has since deleted the posts about Bamugemereire, Kadaga and several other posts attacking Kadaga’s close colleagues. He has cleaned up his social media timelines and kept a low profile for a while.
However, there was no change in attitude from those who want him out. Obore then ran to court to block his sacking. It is at the high court that he obtained some temporary relief.
Seeks intervention from President
With Obore’s bread slipping away, he chose intervention from close Teso legislators led by Usuk county MP Peter Ogwang, who temporarily released a statement that Parliament had not sacked Obore and will not do so.
Ogwang also bragged of his connections to President Museveni and indeed carried the matter to State House.
“Ogwang assured Obore he would not leave the office and carried the mater to President Museveni, the president said he would not handle and sent them back to the speaker for settlement. We all know her answer,” the officer in Kadaga’s office claims