DISMISSED Sesheke police officer Shapa Wakunguma has been recalled by President Hakainde Hichilema and appointed him Aide -de-Camp.
Wakunguma recently sued the Attorney General in the Lusaka High Court seeking an order and declaration that his purported retirement in public interest or national interest was premature, illegal and wrongful.
In a statement of claim filed in the principal registry Wakunguma stated that on February 12, 2019, while driving to Sesheke Police Station he was flagged down by Minister of National Planning Alexander Chiteme who was in the company of Western Province deputy permanent secretary a Mr Bukali.
Wakunguma said he was asked by Chiteme and the deputy permanent secretary to go to the scene of an incidence of alleged police brutality involving alleged Patriotic Front cadres at a council guesthouse.
He said he proceeded to the council guesthouse where he found a number of individuals lying on the ground as they had been severely assaulted while teargas canisters had been discharged in the said location.
He submitted that on February 13, 2019, the Police Service Commission chairperson Peter Chingaipe arrived in Sesheke on a fact-finding mission in order to ascertain what transpired on February 12.
He stated that said on February 16, media reports began to circulate in print, electronic and social media that Wakunguma, together with other colleagues, had been retired from the police service in national interest.
Wakunguma said he received a message stating that he was retired in national interest the same day.
The officer stated that the purported retirement in public or national interest was premature, illegal and wrongful.
Wakunguma stated that as a result of the purported retirement, they have continued to lose remunerations, benefits and privileges they would have received and enjoyed had they worked up to statutory ages of their retirement.
He had said he had suffered mental strain and anguish due to the purported, illegal and malicious termination of their employments.