Features Letter to the Editor

Police constable cries for help

Dear editor,
I AM appealing to the Inspector General of Police, Mrs Stella Libongani, to look into my plight.
My Force number is 21621 stationed at Chowa Police Station under the Central Division.
In 1996 I was arrested for two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (OABH) while performing State duties.
On September 30, 1997, I was convicted and given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to receive eight strokes of the cane.
I appealed against my conviction in the High Court of Zambia and later the Supreme Court.
Unfortunately, in July 1998 I was dismissed from the Zambia Police Service over the same case while my appeal was still active.
On November 3, 2010 Supreme judge Irene Mambilima sent the case back to the Magistrate’s Court for a re-trial.
In July 2012 the State withdrew the case and I was discharged by magistrate J Bwalya.
On February 22, 2013 then permanent secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Max Nkole, directed the Inspector General of Police to reinstate me into the service.
He directed that if the Zambia Police Service no longer needed my services I should be retired in the national interest so that I could be paid benefits.
Unfortunately, all my efforts to see the IG so that my matter can be settled have been blocked.
I am appealing to the Ministry of Home Affairs and other government institutions with influence to help me.
I have suffered enough.

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