The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) accounts, both shilling and dollar accounts, have been frozen following a protracted tussle between the Director Human Resource and Administration (DHRA), Fred Bamwesigye and the General Manager Entebbe Airport, John Okalany.
Sources at CAA told EagleOnline that the CAA staff are now worried they may not receive salaries on time because of the differences between Bamwesigye and Okalany, which developed after the former ‘hurriedly’ advertised and replaced Okalany, when the latter had gone for treatment to India.
According to the source, the advert for the post of General Manager, referenced CAA/ADV/EXT/06/2015, was carried by The New Vision and Daily Monitor newspapers in June 2015, a development that set the two men on a collision course that has reportedly affected most operations at CAA.
Further, according to the source, when Okalany returned after treatment he resumed office but without pay, which prompted him to seek legal redress which resulted into court ordering that he be paid all his outstanding dues, all amounting to about UgShs2 billion.
“Because of one man (Fred Bamwesigye) Director HRA decision, has led to all CAA’S accounts both local and dollar to be frozen,” the source said, adding: “So GM sued the company and his lawyers have secured a court order blocking all CAA’S accounts until they pay damages.”
Contacted, an official official from the CAA communications department referred EagleOnline to a one Vianney Luggya, who did not pick his phone, 0752426559.
Meanwhile, EagleOnline has learnt that because of the intrigue and backstabbing, the CAA, which supervises Entebbe International Airport and other internal airfields, has sometimes failed to maintain airport standards at Entebbe, something that one time prompted President Yoweri Museveni to complain about the bushes that had grown around the airport.
Recently, the CAA was also in the news for the wrong reasons following complaints that it was illegally recruiting children of top politicians.