By Emmanuel Chirwa & Jameson Chauluka:
Forty police officers on Tuesday obtained a court injunction against the Inspector General (IG) of Police’s summon for a disciplinary hearing.
The police officers, who were transferred from the office of Vice President Saulos Chilima to other duty stations, were summoned to appear before the disciplinary committee Wednesday on allegations of absconding duties.
The injunction, which The Daily Times has seen, says the disciplinary hearing has been stayed until further determination.
National police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, has declined to comment on the development saying it is a court case.
“This is a court matter so we are not commenting,” he said.Advertisement
The officers were transferred from the Office of the Vice President to other duty stations, a move which Chilima said was meant to weaken his security detail.
Chilima sought a court order stopping the move and the officers have not gone to their reassigned duty stations, a development which the service says is tantamount to abscondment of duties.
Lawyer representing the officers, Bright Theu, confirmed the development, saying the officers believe they did not abscond from work as the Malawi Police Service alleges.
“The Vice President commenced a second judicial review and the court suspended the postings. In breach of the order suspending the postings, on November 11 2018, the Inspector General, through the Director of Human Resource Management, wrote another wire message to all the concerned officers that the posting still stands and they had to report to the duty stations indicated.
“We filed for contempt of court order against the IG and it is waiting date of hearing. While we are waiting for the judicial review and contempt of court hearing, the Inspector General issued a notice of disciplinary hearing against the 40 officers,” Theu said.
Theu described the case as a battle between the State and Chilima, with the innocent officers being the collateral damage.
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