TOP COP’S CONTRACT RENEWED
While junior cops implicated in the fingerprint scandal make court appearances and are further detained for interfering with witnesses, a Royal Swaziland Police (RSP) Higher Executive Command (HEC) member who is allegedly fingered in the debacle has had his contract renewed.
This is according to well-placed sources who confirmed that the executive, whose name appears in the docket containing allegations about the role of senior police officers in the scandal that saw three officers arrested while others were made state witnesses, has had his contract which was to expire extended.
Efforts to get the police to comment about the issue proved futile as Chief Police Information Officer Khulani Mamba said executive’s contracts were above his office and he referred questions to government spokesperson Percy Simelane. “Such matters are the prerogative of the Prime Minister’s office, so please get a comment from Simelane,” he said.
When Simelane was contacted, he
was asked to clarify on the criteria used by government when renewing executives’ contracts. He was further asked as to what was considered when the HEC member’s contract was extended whereas he was implicated in the fingerprint scandal.
“Constitutionally, 60 years marks the compulsory retirement age for civil servants. But if it pleases the Head of State that you may be given a contract to continue serving you stay on. Unless otherwise the criteria is outstanding
delivery,” he wrote in response.
Further, he said, “Without being specific to the officer in question, the laws of the land dictate that a person is innocent until he is found guilty by a court of law. Implication is not necessarily a conviction.”
Well-placed sources said there was disgruntlement within the service as the expectation was that the HEC member would not have his contract extended as investigations into his role have been ongoing. There were even reports
that the member was deemed un-prosecutable hence the contract renewal.
However, his prosecutable status was scoffed at by the office of the Director of Public Prosecution through Brian Magagula this past week.
Magagula was called after the acting DPP Phila Dlamini was said to be indisposed as he was not at work when sought for comment.
Magagula said as far as he knew nothing had changed concerning the investigations into allegations concerning
He however relented that he had not gone through the docket and once he had with the acting DPP, then could the office be in a position to take a collective decision.
“I will hear from Dlamini as to when I can see the docket because as far as I recall, there were investigations ongoing. As far as I know, I don’t remember charges being withdrawn, unless you have different information,” he said. He promised to give detailed information, “I will talk to Dlamini and hear from him as to what happens after we look at the docket and then take the collective decision based on the contents of the docket.”
He promised to give proper response to the queries. “Right now, I am leaving for a meeting and going to the office to meet Dlamini and I will thereafter give you a response,” he said, however, the questionnaire sent to him was not responded to by the end of Friday despite assurances that the office would.
However, in August, the Times of Swaziland reported that the office of the DPP chose not to prosecute despite being furnished a dossier by the police service containing evidence of executives’ alleged involvement as they wanted to finalise the junior cops cases