Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has been dragged to the Lusaka High Court by his former junior officer Superintendent Sylvester Shipolo for allegedly slapping him with frivolous and vexatious charges of absent without leave for more than two years.
Shipolo has also cited the Attorney General Likando Kalaluka in his statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court Registry.
The former police officer, who contends that he applied for self-sponsored study leave for a period of two years to pursue a masters degree in Gender Studies at the University of Zambia, which he had further extended to pursue his PHD in the same course, has accused Kanganja of unfairly dismissing him from his duties.
He has submitted that despite seeking permission from his former Supervisor, then Inspector General of Police Stella Limbongani, he suddenly witnessed a change in the manner his issue was treated by Kanganja who had taken over the position.
Shipolo has accused the top cop of having slapped him with frivolous and vexatious charges of absent without leave and requested him to exculpate himself for it.
He has stated that he then proceeded to write a self explanatory exculpatory letter disputing both the absent without leave allegation as well having not being granted an approved study leave for the stated period in which he stated that he was attending to both school and work.
Shipolo submits that despite writing the exculpatory letter, he was surprised to be served with a dismissal letter in September 2016, citing the public service conditions without instituting a hearing at all.
He is now seeking an order that the decision to dismiss him without constituting a hearing prior was unfair, wrongful, illegal and null and void.
He is also seeking an order that the said dismissal was in breach of the law relied upon in dismissing him, which is the Public Service regulation.
Shipolo is further seeking an order for reinstatement forthwith and that he be entitled to all monetary benefits, restoration of his salary, damages for unfair, wrongful and illegal dismissal, damages for mental torment, anguish, embarrassment and shock, including incidental costs to court proceedings, interests in all sums found due and payable and any other costs which the court may deem fit.