UG wrongfully dismissed Freddie Kissoon – Ombudsman recommends compensation

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By Kurt Campbell

Freddie Kissoon.
Freddie Kissoon.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The University of Guyana wrongfully dismissed former lecturer and columnist Freddie Kissoon, says Ombudsman Justice Winston Moore, who has also recommended that Kissoon be compensated.

Moore in a letter dated December 22, 2014 advised UG that based on legal advice, Kissoon was wrongly dismissed in January 2012. The Ombudsman made the pronouncement following a complaint made to him by Kissoon’s Lawyer and subsequent legal advice sought.

“This office has been advised that Mr. Kissoon was wrongfully dismissed, his dismissal being in breach of statute 25 of the University of Guyana Statutes which provides for notice and a hearing, as pre-conditions for dismissal”, Justice Moore said in his letter.

The letter further states that “In the circumstances Mr. Kissoon is entitled to compensation from the University.”

When contacted by iNews for a comment, a surprised Kissoon said he would need to consult with his Lawyer and the Ombudsman before doing so. Kissoon seemed shock that the information was fed to the media

Justice Moore arrived at this position following advice from Senior Counsel (SC) Miles Fitzpatrick and the Fraser, Housty and Yearwood law firm.

The University had dismissed the Kaieteur News Columnist in January 2012 and maintained that his dismissal was linked to poor performance.

His dismissal saw daily protest at the Turkeyen Campus in 2012 which disrupted classes and saw staffers supporting Kissoon by calling for him to be reinstated. Kissoon had taught at the University for 26 years before he was sacked.

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