Fresh allegations of stripping raised against Aussie Envoy Zwambila.
Canberra(ZimEye),Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Australia, Jacqueline Zwambila’s name hit a number of Aussie-computer screens this week after fresh allegations were raised and debated on her for alleged gross misconduct and ill-treatment of staff.
Australian government officials this week began examining allegations against Zwambila by an employee, for a list of alleged concerns including the ordering of the male staff member to her bedroom late in the night when she was reportedly ‘half naked’. The Zim Envoy is thus being probed for not only abuse of office, but also sexual harassment of the male staff member at her residence. The Zimbabwean envoy was accused of twice calling the residential-worker to her bedroom after 10PM at a time her Butler claims that she was half naked. It was claimed that all she wanted at this time of the night was a glass of coke. Late last year Zwambila was also accused of stripping her clothes before embassy staff-members.
Felix Machiridza who has now been dismissed from work without a clear explanation said:
‘She was wearing a corset and a bra when she called me’, he said referring to a first incident alleged to have happened in March 2010. Efforts to obtain a information from Zwambila as to the valid reason for Machiridza’s dismissal from work were fruitless as she did not respond to emails and did not answer her phone.
It was claimed that Zwambila soon attempted to force Machiridza to vacate a cottage house he was living in and allegedly ordered him to occupy a bedroom on the same floor as her. After ‘turning down’ the request, Machiridza said he was in retarliation soon ordered to relocate into a motor-vehicle garage where he allegedly lived for nine months, evidence which is being examined.
Machiridza’s case may raise issues of sexual harassment under section 59 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT), an Australian government official said this week.
At the time of writing, Zwambila still had not responded to the reports since Monday. After a series of repeated calls and emails, an email was later received Friday in which she said she had no comment.:
“Thank you for your email dated 24 May 2011. The Ambassador has no comment,” the email read.
An email acknowledging receipt and promising a reply ‘in due course’ had been received from the Zimbabwe embassy’s official email address on Tuesday but no details had been supplied as to when the reply would be made.
Zwambila is an appointee from prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party, a result of the government of national unity signed in 2009. Machiridza like Zwambila is also an active member of the MDC party and worked for the MDC until he obtained his new job with the ambassador in February 2010. More details to follow…