This is in a matter where Mr. Soko has sued RTSA for alleged breach of contract, demanding damages.
However, in its defence filed in court, RTSA stated that it will aver at trial that the Board on September 11, 2019 decided not to renew Mr. Soko’s contract of employment which expired on January 3, 2019, and not what is being claimed by Mr. Soko that his contract of employment was terminated.
Mr. Soko sued RTSA early this month in the Lusaka High Court, demanding damages for breach of employment contract and mental stress.
The former CEO is also demanding payment of monthly salaries from the day of termination until full gratuity is paid to him.
Mr. Soko also wants RTSA to offer him for sale the personal to holder vehicle pursuit to clause 13.21 of the Agency’s conditions of service and any other relief that the court may deem fit.
In its defence, RTSA’s in-house counsel stated that the Agency will aver at trial that Mr. Soko was on January 24, 2019 erroneously appointed to the RTSA board by the Minister of Transport and Communications.
RTSA stated that it will aver at trial that on July 9, 2019, after informing the Minister of Transport and Communications, Soko proceeded on leave to pave way for investigations into the alleged money laundering activities.
It stated further that it will aver at trial that on the 11 September, 2019, the defendant’s Board decided not to renew the plaintiff’s contract of employment which expired on 3 January, 2019, contrary to the claims by the Plaintiff that his contract of employment was terminated.
“The non-renewal of the contract was done in accordance with the plaintiff’s terms and conditions of employment,” RTSA stated.
RTSA added therefore that Mr. Soko was paid a pro-rated gratuity for the period between January 3, 2019 and September 11, 2019 and that the claimant was not entitled to the relief being sought.
Mr. Soko, in his claim, stated that his contract of employment provided for three months notice of termination or payment of full gratuity if employment is terminated for any reason savef on grounds of conduct or performance.
He had stated that the contract further provided for purchase of personal to holder motor vehicle upon termination of the contract pursuant to clause 13.2.1 of the agency’s conditions of service.
Mr. Soko added that by a letter dated September 11, 2019, RTSA purported to terminate his contract effective September 12, last year and gratuity was also paid on a pro-rated basis contrary to clause 19.1.2 of the contract.
The former CEO said he has suffered loss and damage and claims three months salary, payment of full gratuity, interest and costs.
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