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‘Stripping’ envoy back at work


Jacqueline Zwambila, Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Australia, has returned to her posting after she was recalled for allegedly stripping in front of three male embassy staffers following a heated argument.

Jameson Timba, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, on Tuesday told NewsDay Zwambila had returned to Canberra.

“Ambassador Zwambila went back to Canberra on Friday,” Timba said. “To the best of my knowledge there was no case against the ambassador and she is back.”

The MDC-T appointed ambassador was cleared following a government-instituted enquiry into her alleged misconduct at the embassy.

The decision to reinstate her followed a meeting she held last Wednesday with Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.

Mumbengegwi is said to have reprimanded her and warned her to be careful with her conduct in future.

The minister was not immediately available for comment but officials in his ministry confirmed the latest developments.

Sources said the three male staffers had been recalled to Harare because their working relationship with the ambassador had soured.

The sources said Zwambila always complained staff at the embassy was undermining her. The three staffers are said to be loyal to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF.

The ambassador is said to have complained to senior foreign affairs ministry officials the staffers were on a sustained campaign to discredit her. The staffers were accused of leaking sensitive embassy information to the government-controlled media in their bid to discredit her.

This resulted in a confrontation between the ambassador and the staffers.

After this confrontation the three, whose names were given as Moses Chikanyairo, Givemore Nyanzou and Felix Nyamupinga made a complaint that Zwambila had stripped in front of them

It is believed the three male staffers were recalled because they had completed their required four-year terms at the mission.

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