Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Zambia envoy: Attack 'politically-motivated'
Zambia's high commissioner to Canada has rejected allegations, made by his country's president, of financial impropriety at the Zambian mission under his watch.
Nevers Mumba says that Michael Sata's comments are a "politically-motivated attack," and he is now considering legal action against the government he is still currently serving.
Mr. Mumba is Zambia's former vice president and a political appointee of the then-ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy. That party was in power in Zambia from 1991 until last September, when it lost a national election to Mr. Sata's Patriotic Front party.
Along with being his nation's chief representative in Canada—until his announced departure in December—he is also the president of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association, an umbrella group representing the diplomatic community in Ottawa.
A Nov. 16 report published by the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation, a state-owned TV station and website, voiced Mr. Sata's feelings with the following statement: "The president is concerned that information obtained so far suggests serious financial impropriety at the mission in Toronto, which is under the supervision of Dr Nevers Mumba."
"The president hopes that Dr Mumba's impending visit to Zambia will provide law enforcement agencies an opportunity to engage him on the financial matters at the mission he supervised as high commissioner until his recent recall."
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