The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instituted investigations against former Deputy High Commissioner to London, Eva Fundafunda for alleged theft of title deeds and has written to the Tanzanian government seeking her extradition.
Ms Fundafunda is alleged to have lost three title deeds for the Zambian High Commission properties in London which were allegedly stolen whilst in her possession.The title deeds where allegedly stolen from Ms Fundafunda at a time when she was recalled from London and posted to China where she was promoted to the position of ambassador.
Ms Fundafunda, however, allegedly declined the appointment and decided to seek asylum in Tanzania for fear of being prosecuted in Zambia over the lost title deeds.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has since written to the Tanzanian government seeking that Ms Fundafunda be extradited to Zambia to help with investigations.The matter came to light when the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs George Zulu appeared before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by Luena member of Parliament (MP) Gertrude Imenda.
Mr Zulu said that the high commissioner to London wrote to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informing them about the theft of title deeds.He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in turn wrote to the Ministry of Justice seeking guidance on how to proceed with the matter.Mr Zulu said that theft of title deeds could not be reported to the police in London immediately due to bureaucracy.
He said that Government has since engaged a lawyer to help with investigations.
And Auditor-General Anna Chifungula wondered why Ms Fundafunda removed Government documents from a safe and went with them home.She also questioned Mr Zulu why it had to take auditors from her office to discover the theft of title deeds and yet the Ministry of Foreign Affairs knew about the matter when it happened.PAC members also observed that diplomats do not adhere to foreign service regulations, hence the need to appoint civil servants to the positions.