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Sata appoints British wife’s sister as ambassador to Turkey

Zambian President & wife pictured with Mr and Mrs Whitleton.New Zambian ambassador to Turkey is Mrs Marriam Whitleton ( Marriam Mwape Mulenga). Sata was elected on promise to eliminate all corruption in Zambia.

In a move described as open day nepotism, Zambian President Michael Sata has appointed his wife’s sister Marriam Mwape Mulenga as Zambia’s ambassador to Turkey.

Investigations revealed the new envoy to Turkey as being currently employed as a nurse in UK and is not an active Zambian civil servant neither has she worked in Foreign Affairs ministry before.Current records in UK indicate that Marriam is a  British Citizenship on the basis of having married a Briton.

On Tuesday October 8, 2013 Sata swore in two new ambassadors. One  he referred to Mirriam Mwape Mulenga as ambassador to Turkey and Mumbi Phiri as envoy to Kenya.

According to The Watchdog ( a leading Zambian investigative publication) it has been uncovered that the name for the new ambassador to Turkey Miriam Mwape Mulenga is misleading. Her real and maiden name is Miriam Kaseba.  Her current legal name is Mrs Miriam Whitleton.

Mirriam was first married to a Mr Mulenga who died sometime back and her late husband Mulenga was a pharmacist at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH). It is alleged that Sata while Minister of Health under Frederick Chiluba’s government immediately promoted  Mulenga to head Medical stores .

Miriam herself initially benefited from Sata’s power when she was promoted to Matron soon after graduating from nursing school when others have to work for years before reaching those senior posts , reported The Watchdog.

According to information gathered, Miriam migrated to the United Kingdom (UK) to work as a nurse in nursing homes caring for the elderly and it’s here where she met her current husband Mr Whitleton.

It is possible that Mrs Whitleton had to exhume the name Mulenga  from the grave because Kaseba (maiden name) would make tribalism seem too obvious and Whitleton (her current husband’s name) would seem as if Zambia is now appointing foreigners into Foreign Service at the expense of deserving Zambians.

The Watchdog argued that Marriam has neither divorced Mr Whitleton nor has she denounced her British citizenship. When she takes up her appointment in Turkey the old man will just pick up his walking stick and fly to Turkey – holiday courtesy of the Zambian tax payer.

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