Intrigue at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) involving two top officials has reached boiling point, with the latest information indicating that the Entebbe International Airport General Manager John Okalany has been fired.
Okalany, who has reportedly not been on talking terms with the Director Human Resource and Administration (DHRA) Fred Bamwesigye, was handed the sacking letter on Friday November 18, two days after his official sacking on November 16.
The sacking letter which was written by CAA Managing Director Rama Makuza, effectively brought to an end Okalany’s lengthy career as the Entebbe Airport General Manager.
According to a source, the differences between Okalany and Bamwesigye started after the latter allegedly placed an advert in The New Vision and Daily Monitor newspapers in June 2015, announcing the post of CAA General Manager, referenced CAA/ADV/EXT/06/2015.
At the time, the source said, Mr Okalany was away in India where he had gone for treatment, only to learn about his predicament at the CAA.
Further, according to the source, when Okalany returned after treatment he resumed office but without pay, which prompted him to seek legal redress, resulting into court ordering that he be paid all his outstanding dues, all amounting to about UgShs2 billion.
According to the source, after the CAA failing to settle Okalany’s outstanding issues, his lawyers swung into action and obtained a court order, blocking both the CAA dollar and shilling accounts.
The case is due for hearing this after afternoon at the Industrial Court, a development that will determine Okalany’s fate.
Meanwhile, the CAA was also recently in the news for the wrong reasons following complaints that it was illegally recruiting children of top politicians.