British ambassador to Harare, Catriona Liang has hit back at the Zimbabwean Professor in exile Jonathan Moyo’s claims that Zimbabwe’s former colonial master was backing President Zanu PF in elections expected to take place in the next few months.
Jonathan Moyo took to Twitter accused the British of making pronouncements that were prejudicial to the elections and using the BBC to prop up Mnangagwa and undermine the opposition.
The former Higher Education minister accused British ambassador to Harare, Catriona Liang in particular of backing Zanu PF after she emerged from the British PM’s residence draped in a scarf made in Zimbabwe flag colours that has become Mnangagwa’s trademark.
Former President Robert Mugabe led Zanu to victory in the first all-race elections in 1980 against the odds that had favoured another nationalist Joshua Nkomo’s Zapu party to win.
Liang did not waste time: “Sorry to put a spanner into your absurd conspiracy theories but my scarf in Zimbabwe flag colours was a Christmas gift from the designer so I had it long before anyone else. I am not supporting anyone or anything other than a better future for #Zimbabwe.”
Her claim were supported by the embassy in a tweet in which it was revealed the UK will pour 24 million pounds to “support” civil society efforts towards free and fair elections.