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Masule lawsuit hearing next week

Masule lawsuit hearing next week

Eba Kandovazu

THE challenge against the Prime Minister by a top investigator at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will be only be heard next week Thursday after legal representatives in the matter mixed up the dates.


The matter, in which Phelem Masule is challenging the Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila after she halted his appointment as Chief of Investigations and Prosecutions at the ACC was initially scheduled for hearing this morning.


Acting Judge Eileen Rakow today, however, indicated that the matter will be heard on 10 September.  


Masule lawsuit challenge Prime Minister top investigator Anti-Corruption Commission ACC
COURT CHALLENGE: Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. Photo: Contributed


Masule, in response to Kuugongelwa-Amadhila’s claim that the move was not a personal one, said that her evidence, as well as that of Paulus Noa, the Director General of the ACC, indicates that some people at the anti-corruption watchdog did not want him to have the promotion and that they preferred someone else in that position.


Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, in her affidavit, said that her decision was based on complaints she received from one Ananias Iyambo at the ACC, pertaining to Masule’s appointment and recruitment to the position.


Some candidates who applied for the position reportedly ask submitted documents that were not certified, while other important documents were altogether not submitted.


Iyambo, who also applied for the same position, was reportedly one of those who submitted an incomplete application.


After the closing date he was, however, allowed to submit a copy of his drivers license, it is reported.


Masule further noted in his replying affidavit that Noa had advised that those candidates who had failed to certify their documents be given a second chance to submit those documents, a move he says is contrary to the Public Service Staff rules.


“I assert that by allowing candidates to submit their outstanding documents, coupled with the manner in which the Prime Minister and the Director General handled the alleged complaint, it clearly shows me that the alleged complainant was the preferred candidate at the ACC and the cause for the intervention and investigation in the recruitment process of my promotional post was due to the fact that the commission did not recommend the promotion of the alleged complainant. This is the only reason why the Prime Minister set aside my promotion and it is now clear to me that this is the only reason my application is being opposed,” Masule said.


Masule also maintains that the ‘abrupt’ setting aside of his promotion violates his dignity.


“It still continues to cause stigma as many people still ask me what I did wrong for me to be deprived of my promotional post” he said.

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