ETHIOPIAN authorities detained a Lusaka PF councillor after he failed to settle a US$2,000 (K10 million) alcohol bill he accumulated within four days at Addis Ababa's Sheraton Hotel.

Chikutano Nkhoma of Silwiza ward in Northmead was in Ethiopia in the company of other councillors who were invited by the Addis Ababa City Council on an exchange programme.

According to sources in the entourage, the Zambian travelling party lodged at Sheraton Hotel last Wednesday.
The sources said when the team was scheduled to check out on Sunday, Nkhoma was discovered to have accumulated a US$2000 bill on a cocktail of drinks from the bar and room service fridge.

And fearing to miss the flight back home, his colleagues left Nkhoma in the hands of hotel security and headed for the Bole International Airport.

"He was only released on Monday after the Addis Ababa Council who were fearing embarrassment settled the bill. Right now he is in Lusaka," said the sources.
Efforts to locate Nkhoma failed and his mobile phone was off.
Lusaka City Council deputy Mayor Theresa Funga refused to comment on the matter, saying she would only do so after a full council meeting.

Further efforts to contact PF director of media and publicity, Chanda Mfula, proved futile as he said he could only comment after getting authority from party secretary general Wynter Kabimba.
Kabimba was in Parliament by press time.