KASHALA DEMANDS OVER K2M FROM FAZ
By Walusungu Lundu
FORMER FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala has demanded over K2 million from the association for what he termed as termination of his contract.
In a letter to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga dated March 2, Kashala argues that he was not given an opportunity to be heard.
He is also demanding an official letter terminating his contract with FAZ.
‘’The right to be heard is an essential component of the rules of natural justice, this right is comprehensively enshrined in various pieces of legislation, the Supreme Court of Zambia has in several cases accentuated the importance of the rule. It is trite law that at all times the rules of natural justice must [be] adhered to and complied with,’’ he said. ‘’In this case you failed and or refused to accord me with the opportunity to state my case. In view of the above, it is my contention that a full payment of the remaining Contract term be paid including all the amounts owed under the contract or other entitlements. In addition, I humbly request that a formal letter of termination of my contract be written for my record. Accordingly, the total amount due for the contract period of three (3) years from 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2025 is K2,054,,605.00 (Net). I submit for your further action.’’
Kashala also explained how he was retired from the Zambia Police Service by the Edgar Lungu-led PF administration for standing with the Kamanga executive.
Lungu’s PF fought Kamanga and his executive from 2016 until they lost power in the 2021 general election.
Kashala further explained his recent exit from Football House at Kamanga’s instruction.
‘’…As you may be aware that I was erroneously retired from the Police Service while on secondment on 14th February 2020, for standing firm in protecting the FAZ constitution and Presidency, am happy to inform you that I was reinstated in Zambia Police Service on 10th November 2022. Following my reinstatement, several options were arrived at subject to be discussed with the Inspector General of Police who from the onset was agreeable to allow me to continue working until the expiry of my current contract which falls on 31st August 2025. However, the meeting with the Inspector General of Police did not take place owing to his non-availability for almost the entire January 2023,’’ explained Kashala. ‘’On 23rd of February 2023 Mr. President, you in your capacity as the Football Association of Zambia President did terminate my contract even before the meeting was help[d] where the options were to be discussed. You further directed me to hand over to Mr. Iva Lengwe whom I had proposed together with Mr. Owens Buntele and I will be concluding my hand over in a couple of weeks. To support your verbal directive to hand over to Mr. Lengwe, you further directed our Public Relations Officer to issue a statement informing the Public of my immediate departure from the Football Association of Zambia as General Secretary. To that effect a statement was released… The decision was in contravention with clause 7.1 and 7.2 of my Contract of employment and made without notification or payment in lieu of notice as mandated under Section 53 of the Employment Code Act No. 3 of 2019 which promulgates that such an act is illegal in the eyes of the law. Further, the decision was also not in line with clause 8.1 and 8.2 of my contract of employment (copy attached).’’