Nepalese envoy to Australia Lucky Sherpa ‘resigns’

Kathmandu, 8 January : Nepalese Ambassador to Australia Lucky Sherpa who had arrived in Nepal in December to combat the allegations faced by her and her husband has resigned from her post. According to reports, she tendered her resignation letter to Prime Minister K P Oli in Baluwatar on Monday.

Sherpa’s resignation has come before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded their official investigation report. Several unconfirmed sources are claiming Ambassador Sherpa was asked to resign by party chairpersons – K P Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

Sherpa and her husband were accused of ‘human trafficking’ and an investigation is under way. The case was highlighted after Sherpa’s former driver/cook Wongchu Sherpa approached the media accusing her and her husband of taking money with promises of a safe and legal passage to Australia. The envoy was herself summoned to Nepal to present her clarifications in which she denied the charges, and instead called Wongchu a criminal who had fled Canberra after stealing some valuables from their home.

Sherpa’s resignation has ended her brief stint in Australia. She had assumed office in June 2017 after presenting her credentials to Governor General Peter Cosgrove in Canberra and was the Nepalese ambassador to New Zealand as well. A career politician Sherpa was elected a member of the Constituent Assembly in the 2008 elections. She was recommended as the Ambassador by Oli government and was the first indigenous woman to serve as an ambassador for Nepal abroad.


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