The Butler (name supplied) has a long list of complaints against Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila.
In the accusations that read like a movie script, the butler claimed in an e-mail account titled – My Ordeal at the Hands of H.E. Ambassador J.N. Zwambila that he was being treated like an animal for refusing to agree to her sexual advances.
“I have been pushed to the brink of the precipice and I feel I should cry out in order to get some respite,” the Butler wrote in an e-mail sent to Radio VOP, saying he had so far received threats if ever the matter came out in the press.
“Her Excellency …has intimidated me into silence saying if anything came out back at home, Ambassador Zwambila’s sympathisers would deal with me when I go there.”
The Butler said the abuse reached unprecedented heights when he was routinely asked to clean the mess in the bedroom of the ambassador’s son, which involved picking up used condoms.
The Ambassador is best remembered by Zimbabweans for allegedly stripping in front of embassy staff in rage last year.
She was briefly re-called home but was allowed back to her posting after investigations into the incident failed to provide tangible evidence.
The butler, who is a father of four, has worked for the ambassador for more than a year.
In his long list of complaints he also accused the ambassador of “deliberately exposing her half nude body to me.”
“On March 27 2010 Ms. Zwambila called me on my mobile at 10.30pm and asked me to bring her coke to her room. I was already in bed and I obediently went upstairs to the kitchen, poured the coke and took it to her room. I knocked on her door and she asked me to come in. I was shocked to see her half dressed, sitting on her bed,” said the Butler adding that he was greeted by the words, “Come and give me my coke, why do you behave as if you have never been with a woman before?”
The Butler said this was done repeatedly to the extent of being invited to occupy a room next to hers at number 58 Culgoa Circuit O’Malley ACT 2606, Canberra, which is the official residence of the Zimbabwean ambassador.
“I am almost certain that my abuse by Ms Zwambila was retribution for refusing to bend to her seduction,” said the Butler.
As a result of his refusal to take orders the Butler said, he has since been made to work “extra long days without overtime, being ridiculed and insulted, including being shouted at and being called all kinds of demeaning names, being removed from the cottage to live for almost a year in the garage room, being threatened with deportation to Zimbabwe”.
The Butler said he no longer felt safe working for her and would like to part ways with her.
He wrote a letter in October 2010 complaining against the alleged unfair treatment, followed by another one on April 09 this year and another one requesting the termination of the working contract on 11 May 2011.
Australian Chief of Protocol for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Anne Plunket could neither deny nor confirm the story.
“I am not in a position to comment on this, I am sorry I am unable to assist you,” she said. But after being asked whether she had received an e-mail complaint send by the butler, she said,” Even if I did, I will not have been in a position to assist you.”
Zwambila refused to comment when contacted for a comment by Radio VOP. She said, “Do you know what time it is here? I cannot talk to you on that.” She continually ignored further calls made to her Australian mobile number.