WARSAW, Nov. 23 -- The Zairian envoy to Poland has apparently spent nights amid homeless people at a Warsaw railway station because he received no funds from his government for nearly two years, Polish Foreign Ministry sources said Wednesday. The sources said the diplomat continued, nonetheless, to conduct his country's affairs with dignity.
Polish Foreign Ministry official Jan Karczewski said that Emany Mata Likambe is registered as the charge d'affaires to the Polish government. His problems came to light recently when he reported to police he had been robbed at the railway station -- while apparently sleeping there. The Foreign Ministry became aware of the problem last year when the Embassy of Zaire stopped paying rent, and the diplomat began running up bills at local hotels, which he did not settle. The Polish official said that he was aware of the diplomat's financial woes but said, 'It is the internal problem of Zaire.' 'We hear the other embassies of Zaire are having similar problems,' Karczewski said. Another ministry official who requested anonymity said the diplomat has not received a penny from his government for the last two years. He said attempts by Poland to interest Kinshasa in the plight of its envoy have been unsuccessful. 'His situation is dramatic,' said the official. 'We don't know where he is living, whether it is the railway station or not.' 'We learned he is conducting his operation with dignity,' the official said. 'He even sold his car at one point to subsidize his operation.' The telephone number listed for the embassy does not answer, although three people -- including the charge -- are registered there.