SAKEUS Eden Inyemba, a Namibian Police constable who a year ago lost his job because of his alleged prolonged absenteeism, has won his job back and is to be paid slightly more than N$100 000 for salaries in arrears.
He won a case in the High Court in which the Minister of Safety and Security and the Inspector General of the Namibian Police were the first and second respondent respectively.
Inyemba was a police constable at the police’s Criminal Investigations Unit at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region when he applied for a study leave with full remuneration for the period between January 2017 to December 2019. He also applied for financial assistance and both applications were approved.
However, while studying law at a university in Tanzania he was tipped off by a personal friend informing that his employment with the Namibian Police might be in danger.
His own inquiry revealed that “a very sensitive letter” was waiting for him at the Ongwediva police station, but no one was prepared to reveal its actual contents. Only after he travelled from Tanzania to Ongwediva did he discover that it was a dismissal letter.
“The officer who handed the letter to me did not even greet me. He simply demanded that I surrender my appointment letter and the police uniform. I was dismissed just like that. The due process was not followed and I was not afforded an opportunity to defend myself. I went to the Oshana Regional Office at Oshakati, went to the office of the Inspector General and the office of the Minister of Safety and Security – all in vain,” he said, adding that that was because of such unfairness that he decided to instruct his lawyers to challenge his dismissal in the High Court.
Inyemba speculated that his dismissal was a product of intrigue by his immediate superiors who felt that he would come back better qualified and take over their positions.
Friday last week the Windhoek High Court ruled that Inyemba be re-instated and be paid N$105 204 for salaries in arrears, while the first and second defendants are to pay the legal costs of the case.
“On the one hand I am happy with the outcome and am looking forward to going back to work, but on the other hand disappointed that the unfair dismissal disrupted my studies and I am now a year behind. I am however determined to continue and complete my legal studies,” said Inyemba who before joining the Namibian Police served as a security guard at the International University of Management (IUM) and later became the private chauffer of Dr. David Namwandi.