Nepal govt ‘sacks’ its ambassador to Australia after human trafficking controversy

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 | | Politics

Kathmandu, January 8

The government of Nepal has decided to ‘sack’ its ambassador to Australia, Lucky Sherpa, after a controversy about her alleged involvement in human trafficking activities mounted.

Few weeks back, Wonchhu Sherpa, who was deployed as a driver for the ambassador in Canberra, had told a television programme in Nepal that not only the ambassador but some other members of her family were also involved in illegal activities that could be deemed human trafficking.

He said they collected money from foreign job aspirants assuring lucrative jobs, but did not meet the promise.

Following the accusation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had summoned Sherpa to Kathmandu and formed a three member team to look into the issue.

As recommended by the panel, the Cabinet meeting held on Monday night decided to sack Sherpa, sources inform.

Media reports had stated that the probe panel had sought a clarification from Sherpa. What Sherpa told the committee, however, was not immediately known.

Various political parties and organisations including the main opposition Nepali Congress had been demanding that the government immediately take an action against her after the investigation.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet also removed National Investigation Department chief, Dilip Regmi, and appointed Ganesh Adhikari as his successor.