The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Joey Bimha, told Radio VOP that the disciplinary matter involving Zwambila is now entirely in the hands of the political party leaders in the coalition government.
Zwambila stands accused by her former Butler Felix Machirida, whom she recruited in Zimbabwe and travelled with to Canberra when she was appointed the country’s envoy to Australia, of forcing him to get intimate with her.
Machiridza is not the first person to accuse the envoy of practising sexually suggestive behaviour to male counterparts. She was last year accused by male embassy staff in Canberra of removing her clothes in rage.
“The matter involving Ambassador Zwambila is now being dealt with by the political party principals,” said Bimha. “We asked her to send us her response to the allegations and she said needed time to study them before responding. I cannot give you much detail because the case is now with the political party representatives.”
Sources in the Movement Democratic Change party led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said the matter is being dealt with although some members want Zwambila recalled for putting the name of the party in disrepute.
However it is highly unlikely that she will be recalled because she is a close ally of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who insiders say would rather have her in Australia. The sources say her return will further stoke fractious relations within the party’s women’s league.
Meanwhile Tsvangirai is set to appoint, Lucia Matibenga, as the next minister of Public Service to replace the late Eliphas Mukonoweshuro. Matibenga was controversially disposed off her position of head of the women’s league by Theresa Makone and her appointment to a ministerial post is seen as a move to placate, the female constituency in the party.