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Court stops Police Commissioner’s redeployment to foreign mission

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Commissioner of Police, George Kainja, who was recently appointed to be Malawi’s deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe, has obtained an injunction against government’s decision to send him to the diplomatic mission.

It follows his removal from the Malawi Police Service (MPS) as Police Commissioner by the authorities who had instead offered to re-deploy Kainja as Deputy High Commissioner for Malawi in Zimbabwe, which is a new post.

According to the injunction, which has been granted by Justice Charles Mkandawire, through his lawyer Gift Nankhuni, government is restrained from effecting the appointment.

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“I hereby order the defendants, by themselves, their servants agents or whosoever acting are restrained from effecting the appointment of the claimants as Malawi’s deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe or any decision incidental thereto pending determination of the main matter or a further order of the court… if any officer or agent under you or otherwise, however, disobeys this order you may found guilty of contempt of court and may be sent to prison or your assets may be seized,” reads part of the order.

The matter is scheduled to be held soon inter-parte.

According to the communication from the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) which we have seen, Kainja was supposed to report for work at the Malawi mission in Zimbabwe on June 11, although he only got communication last week.

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Kainja is being described as a well experienced and reliable police officer and has been in the service for close to 30 years.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Chancellor College and a Doctorate of Philosophy.

Kainja has served as Commissioner for Southern and Central regions in the MPS, before being deployed to Area 30 where he served as Commissioner Responsible for Research.

The court says the defendants can exercise their right to ask it to vary or discharge the order by interparty application.

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