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A former Zambian diplomat to Germany has been found with a case to answer for allegedly engaging girls to practice prostitution. Friday Nkamba, a former political secretary at the Zambian Embassy in Germany from 1994 to 2002, has since been put on his defence. Nkamba, of Emmasdale Township in Lusaka, is alleged to have between January 1, 2012 and October 29, 2013 procured five girls to become common prostitutes. The girls testified how Nkamba would allow them to stay in his house while doing prostitution in exchange for payments. They also testified how on other times the former diplomat would join them in bed and have sex with any one of them in full view of the other girls. Resident magistrate William Banda found Nkamba with a case to answer. The matter was adjourned to October 31 for mention and setting of a date when he would open his defence.
The French Government has started downsizing some of its embassies around the world including Zambia where the consular services and visa applications to France will now be handled by the Embassy of Sweden. Outgoing French Ambassador to Zambia and Malawi Marie-Annick Bourdin said the Embassy in Lusaka was not closing but that the French Government was narrowing down the priorities of its mission in Zambia including re-organising the consular services. She said the changes were necessitated by the impact of the debt and budgetary pressure that is currently constraining the margins of action of the French Government. “Our Embassy in Lusaka, as well as 12 others in the world, will undergo downsizing in the coming year. I would like to stress very clearly here that we are not closing the Embassy. “Faced with a further diminution of our human and financial resources, my successor will have to narrow down the priorities of our mission to Zambia and as per instructions, reorganise in particular the consular services,” she said.
Newsline: Japan appoints new ambassadors to Netherlands, Sweden, Slovakia, Azerbaijan, Zambia, Panama, South Sudan
The Japanese government on Friday appointed new ambassadors to the Netherlands, Sweden and 5 other nations, all effective the same day. Masaru Tsuji, 62, who previously served as ambassador to Croatia from January 2012, was appointed as ambassador to the Netherlands, while Seiji Morimoto, 62, was appointed as ambassador to Sweden. The other appointments are Akio Egawa, 62, as ambassador to Slovakia; Tsuguo Takahashi, 62, as ambassador to Azerbaijan; Kiyoshi Koinuma, 58, as ambassador to Zambia; Hiroaki Isobe, 58, as ambassador to Panama; Takeshi Akamatsu, 50, as ambassador to South Sudan.
Zambian Foreign Minister Effron Chakupa Lungu has indicated his country’s willingness to open an embassy in Havana. Lungu expressed the hope during a meeting with Cuban Parliament President Esteban Lazo. Cuba and Zambia established diplomatic relations in December 1972.
A number of current and former employees of Zambia’s High Commissioner to Namibia, Wendy Sinkala, have accused her of verbally abusing her Namibian domestic workers and of treating them as if they were modern-day slaves. Chief among the accusations are physical and dehumanising treatment; working for long hours without pay; working non-stop without being given days off; being insulted for no apparent reason; unfair deductions, as well as abrupt dismissals. Workers at the High Commission also accuse the diplomat of making belittling and degrading remarks about Namibians in general. Some of the domestic workers complained that they were forced to work from 07h00 to 17h00 without a lunch break. Those who dare to eat food at the High Commissioner’s residence face summary dismissal. “She treated us like we are dogs,” lamented one of the former workers who said she left her job because of the continued ill treatment by the diplomat who usually brags that she is untouchable, possibly in reference to her diplomatic status.
Dick Masebo was appointed as Zambia deputy ambassador to Japan by president Michael Sata in June last year but was demoted to a lower rank after revelations by the Watchdog that he was a 23-year old retard without requisite qualification for that high position. Dick Masebo is also said to have failed to organise the visit by Sata to Japan resulting in the president sometimes waiting for embassy staff in scheduled meeting rooms. But the son of the Tourism minister has now been transfered to Malaysia to be in Charge of Economic affairs at the embassy. The High Commission of Zambia in Malaysia is relatively new and was opened in April 2009 under the leadership of then president Rupiah Banda to tap into the economies of the east Asian bloc. The Zambian High Commission in Malaysia also oversees countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brunei and Laos.
The Norwegian embassy has warned Zambians of fraudsters masquerading as its employees using counterfeit purchase orders and cheques to buy goods in the embassy’s name, said ambassador Arve Ofstad. “The behaviour of these criminals is not only hurting the companies that are losing income, but is also damaging the image and the good relations between the Norwegian embassy and the honest Zambian business community,” Mr Ofstad said. He said the people masquerading as embassy workers are “criminals” intending to defraud local shops and service providers. Mr Ofstad urged Zambians to report to the police all such cases. Mr Ofstad said the impostors are paying with counterfeit cheques drawn on non-exiting bank documents. He said it has been reported that vehicles displaying false CD number plates and sign boards are being used in the criminal activities. There was no immediate comment from the police.