By Mubiru Ivan

Former Crane Bank employees have threatened to sue dfcu Bank if they are not paid pay Shs48 billionover unlawful termination of their contracts.

According to Isaac Semakadde, a lawyer representing the over 400 former Crane Bank employees, they want dfcu to pay their terminal benefits in addition to Shs120 million each for the losses and inconveniences they have incurred since their dismissal in February last year.

According to the plaintiffs, the termination of their contracts was unjustified, unfair, discriminatory, degrading, demeaning and in breach of law.

They further accuse Bank of Uganda of acting in bad faith without protection of their interests and rights during Crane Bank takeover.

“Bank of Uganda acted in bad faith, negligently, fraudulently and in breach   of its duty under the constitution and the law regarding protection of rights/interests of the intending plaintiffs during (Crane Bank) takeover,” the notice to sue partly reads.

Adding; “The intending plaintiffs understand that Bank of Uganda induced and/or encouraged dfcu to conduct an illegal exercise of collective termination selectively targeting the intending plaintiffs in the wake of the controversial takeover of Crane Bank assets and liabilities by dfcu by purporting exclude statutory duties owned to the intending plaintiffs during the impugned takeover,”

The former Crane Bank employees now seek general and punitive damages arising from the loss of their employment after they were transferred to dfcu.