By JACK MWEWA –
LAWYERS representing five Ndola police officers said to be sympathisers of suspended Copperbelt police chief Mary Tembo have written to the Attorney General asking him to respect the Court Order and stop intimidating their clients.
Milner Katolo and Associates have indicated in a letter availed to the Sunday Times that they would be left without an option but to institute contempt proceedings should the intimidation persist.
The five police officers, Tenazio Phiri, Aaron Chabilikila, Marvin Chilufya, Alex Chilufya and David Sitimela have sought judicial review against transfers they feel were unfairly originated.
Citing transfers to have been actuated by malice as they feel they were targeted for attending Ms Tembo’s court sessions, they have since stayed the move.
Lawyers state that despite the said Order operating as a stay of the decisions of the Inspector General, their clients have been ordered to stay away from the office and never to report for work, a position they deem contrary to the Order.
“Our clients have informed us that despite the said Order operating as a stay of the decisions of the Inspector General, your clients have gone ahead to instruct our clients to stay away from the office and never to report for work.
This position is clearly contrary to the Order,” reads the letter in part.
Lawyers feel it was wrong for the Copperbelt police commissioner to summon the five officers to Police Service Headquarters in Lusaka on January 3, 2014.
And that on January 13, 2014 their clients appeared before the Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani in a meeting where they were pressured to withdraw the matter from court.