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Court orders KAA Board to reinstate Acting MD

The Authority appointed a substantive MD last year/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13 – The Kenya Airports Authority Board of Directors has been ordered to reinstate its Acting Managing Director Yatich Kangugo, pending the hearing and determination over his removal from office.

Justice Hellen Wasilwa of Employment and Labour Relations said that the board has not complied with the orders of the court issued on 31 May 2017.

The claimant through his lawyer Danson Omari, told the judge that the management of KAA is yet to obey an earlier court reinstating Mr. Kangugo to his acting position.

Omari says the claimant has continuously been harassed by the management to detriment of the orders of the court.

He said that since the court issued the orders the Board has been harassing and bullying the claimant with the sole purpose of frustrating justice.

“The claimant has been turned into an object of ridicule contrary to fair labour practice as guaranteed in the constitution,” the court heard.

Omari asked the court to issue further  orders restraining the board from running parallel proceedings apart the ones  filed in the court   which the judge has duly issued.

The order by Judge Wasilwa comes a year after a substantive MD was appointed to head the airport authority.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia named Norwegian Johnny Andersen as the Managing Director following a prolonged and controversial recruitment process by the Board of KAA.

The judge directed that the main application by the claimant be heard on 13 July 2017.

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